Security 101 03-18-2014

Automating Certificate Management: How SSL APIs Work

Flavio Martins

An application programming interface (API) is a software-to-software interface which allows applications to communicate with one another without human intervention.

The DigiCert SSL management REST APIs provide a secure and easy to integrate way for administrators to manage certificate lifecycle and automate the process of purchasing and deploying SSL Certificates across their network.

The combination of a powerful API and an automated SSL deployment platform makes security management more nimble, increasing security and reducing costs to the organization.

Users typically only see the user interface although several APIs can be working together seamlessly to provide the best user experience.

Powerful SSL API Functions

APIs are used to manage SSL encryption for the purpose of automating certificate lifecycle management. Some of the main functions that administrators can automate as part of their certificate management include:

  • Requesting certificates
  • Checking order status
  • Renewing certificates
  • Revoking certificates
  • Updating certificates

Secure SSL Management in the Cloud

As administrators combine these powerful API functions with the automated certificate deployment capability of services like Certificate Inspector, enterprise certificate management becomes easier than ever.

The Certificate Inspector cloud-based certificate management platform utilizes a unique algorithm to grade SSL Certificates and server security, along with the capability of deploying certificates across an enterprise network.

Choosing the right SSL API service

SSL Security APIs utilize several different protocols and languages including REST, SOAP, HTTP, and JSON, among others. DigiCert’s REST API is automated and well documented, making it an excellent choice in making organizational security more robust as well as more efficient.

Choosing the right developer API is important because of indirectly related issues such as proper documentation and ease of contact for support purposes. Also important to consider is the overall feasibility of implementation of a third party API, especially in security capacities.

Learn more about DigiCert REST API here.


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