10 Tips for Managing Multiple Servers
If you exchange secure information between web servers and clients, facilitate server-to-server connections, or support server load balancing or SSL acceleration, you are managing cross-network security for multiple servers. These 10 tips will help you save time and money without sacrificing the trust of your customers.
1. Choose a management tool with a single point of control.
Managing enrollment, issuance, and renewals of certificates one-by-one is tedious and time-consuming. Symantec offers several options for managing multiple SSL certificates from a single, web-based console.
- Symantec Trust Center is designed for administrators who purchase SSL certificates one at a time and want to centralize management, purchasing, and backups.
- Symantec Trust Center Enterprise Account for customers who purchase 10 or more SSL certificates, includes additional reporting, delegated administration and instant issuance.
- Symantec Managed PKI for SSL provides a comprehensive solution for purchasing a large number of certificates for issuance by multiple administrators to different organizations or business units.
2. Look for instant issuance with high-quality authentication.
Symantec offers different levels of control, depending on your organizational needs. With Symantec Trust Center Enterprise Account, you can pre-approve domain, organizational and contact information to streamline issuance.
With Managed PKI for SSL, Symantec authenticates the primary administrator who pre-purchases Symantec SSL Certificates for instant issuance. Administrators can be assigned organizations as well as roles and privileges to manage security, account configuration or certificates.
3. Take advantage of volume pricing.
If you purchase more than 10 SSL certificates, you can save time and money by bundling your separate SSL purchases into one transaction with volume discounts. Units can be redeemed throughout the year to issue SSL certificates when you need them. Each certificate's validity period begins when it is issued by the administrator. And all certificates can be managed from your Symantec Trust Center Enterprise Account. Volume pricing is also available through Managed PKI for SSL
4. Take advantage of a longer validity period.
Reduce your management time by choosing a multi-year certificate whenever possible. When you purchase multiple certificates through Symantec Trust Center Enterprise Account or Managed PKI for SSL
, you receive expiry notification alerts and can generate reports based on expiration date in 30, 60, or 90 days.
5. Issue a unique certificate for each server.
To ensure a common, high-level standard of security across all types of configurations, Symantec recommends that you do not share or copy certificates among servers. To support redundant server backups, server load balancing, or SSL acceleration, Symantec offers a licensing option for certificates.
6. Maximize customer confidence with a verifiable trust mark.
Concerns about identity theft and browser warnings erode consumer confidence, even on secured pages. The best way to communicate security and instill trust is to display the Norton Secured Seal, the most trusted mark on the Internet.¹ Our SSL certificates, the Norton Secured Seal, Symantec Seal-in-Search technology, and daily website malware scanning work together to help assure your customers that your site is safe from search to browse to buy
7. Customize enrollment pages to streamline processing.
If you have several administrators managing SSL certificates for multiple business units, Managed PKI for SSL
enables administrators to customize enrollment pages for instant issuance and generate email alerts to appropriate sub-administrators. The web-based portal offers a single point for quick response to requests for all your Symantec certificates across your enterprise.
8. Choose the strongest possible SSL certificates.
Standard SSL certificates enable a minimum of 40-bit and up to 256-bit SSL encryption. Certain older browsers and operating systems (for a complete list go to SGC: Strongest SSL Encryption
) will achieve only 40- or 56-bit encryption unless there is a Server Gated Cryptography (SGC)-enabled certificate on the server. Symantec is the leading SSL provider of SGC-enabled SSL certificates, enabling 128-bit minimum to 256-bit encryption for over 99.9% of Internet users.
9. Purchase certificates from a trusted, experienced SSL provider.
The Symantec certificate validation infrastructure has experienced 100% uptime since 2004. Ninety-three of the 100 largest financial institutions worldwide are secured by Symantec SSL. ² They trust our encryption technology and rigorous business authentication practices. When you protect your site with a Symantec SSL Certificate
and display the Norton Secured Seal, your customers know that their transactions are secure.
10. Protect your reputation and improve your online business.
When your company protects the confidentiality and integrity of sensitive information with SSL from Symantec, a leading certificate authority and the most recognized trust mark on the Internet, your business benefits and so does your reputation.¹ And you gain peace of mind knowing that your website is secured.
¹ In a U.S. online consumer study, 77% of consumers recognized the Norton Secured Seal, more than our competitors' trust seals, even before it was released publicly. Study conducted January 2011.
² Includes Symantec subsidiaries, affiliates, and resellers.