Venafi, inventor of systems management for encryption, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for the company's digital certificate lifecycle management system. The patented technology is the basis for Venafi Systems Management for Encryption, which enables organizations to deploy, manage and control encryption technologies across their diverse operating systems and infrastructure environments—from the desktop to the datacenter.
Venafi applied for the patent in 2004 after recognizing that most organizations implementing encryption fail to adequately manage the certificates and keys required for encryption, which can result in costly system failures, data loss, security lapses, and failed compliance with industry regulations.
"This pivotal functionality is at the heart of what we do, and is an important requirement for Venafi customers that use our technology to manage complex encryption environments," said Trell Rohovit, president & CEO, Venafi. "This patent demonstrates our continued market leadership for delivering cutting edge, comprehensive encryption management systems to organizations across a broad spectrum of industries."
Patent Details: #7,418,597
The patent for an "apparatus for accepting certificate requests and submission to multiple certificate authorities" covers the core systems management functionality that is necessary for managing public key infrastructure (PKI) certificates, particularly when such systems are used to automate the installation, renewal, detection or management of PKI digital certificates from multiple certificate authorities. The Venafi products built on this patented technology are installed in production today at many industry-leading organizations and provide automated discovery of encryption, ongoing monitoring and reporting, key and certificate lifecycle management, and automated application configuration.
Venafi Systems Management for Encryption products manage the industry's leading certificate authorities, including:
- IBM PKI Services for z/OS
- VeriSign MPKI
- GeoTrust Enterprise SSL
- Microsoft Standalone Certificate Services
- Microsoft Enterprise Certificate Services
- RSA Certificate Manager
- RSA Keon
- Cybertrust UniCERT
- Entrust Security Manager
- Entrust Certificate Services
- Netscape Certificate Management System
- Red Hat Certificate System
For more details on the patent and Venafi products, please visit www.venafi.com.