CertAgent

CertAgent is a self-contained and easy-to-use Certificate Authority.

    

 

CertAgent Information Sheet

 
 
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Description

NEW! CertAgent® 7.0 has been awarded NIAP certification for compliance with the Common Criteria Protection Profile for Certification Authorities (v2.1) and appears on NSA's CSfC Program Components List. Conformance with the PKI Certificate Policy of the Government of India was recently added.

Overview

CertAgent is a self-contained and easy-to-use Certificate Authority. It allows you to issue X.509 certificates for your employees and business partners as well as for devices (such as routers, webservers, VPNs, and internet phones). CertAgent also issues and manages CRLs and can publish certificates and CRLs to an external LDAP repository. RSA and NIST/NSA SUITE B-complaint ECC key types are supported.

Certificates and CRLs issued by CertAgent comply with all relevant Federal and industry standards and can be used with hundreds of existing applications for the protection of e-mail, authentication of users and web servers, etc. By not metering or in any way limiting the number of certificates that it can manage, CertAgent provides the foundation for an affordable public key infrastructure (PKI).

Designed to scale from small businesses up to extremely large organizations, CertAgent provides you with exactly what you need to PKI-enable your enterprise. What's more, setup is easy and administrative resource requirements and maintenance costs are very low.

CertAgent supports an unlimited number of root and intermediate CAs, enabling you to create as complex a certificate hierarchy as the size of your enterprise warrants. Its modular architecture allows its separately-customizable administration and end-user enrollment pages to be hosted together on a single server, or divided between an Admin Server and one or more Enrollment Servers.

CertAgent's clearly laid-out administration pages offer:

  • CA account management (by site admin)
  • certificate request processing, and certificate and CRL management (for each CA)
  • enrollment process management (for each CA)
  • account management (for each CA)
  • access to audit trails (by site admin and individual CAs)
  • configuration and control of the publication of certificates and CRLs to an external LDAP server

All management functions are performed over client-authenticated TLS links. CertAgent supports manual enrollment using browser- or externally-generated PKCS#10 files as well as automated enrollment via e-mail. Certificates may be issued manually or automatically at the discretion of each CA.

Hardware Security Modules

For CSfC registration, a CertAgent-based solution must be paired with an approved hardware security module (HSM). While CertAgent should work with any PKCS#11-compatible device, ISC has tested and validated the following HSMs for use with CertAgent:

  • Acala*
  • Engage Black BlackVault HSM
  • SafeNet AT Luna Network, PCIe, and USB HSMs
  • nCipher nShield Connect HSMs
  • Envieta QFlex HSM

*Acala is a software-based HSM that may be used with an "offline" CA.

ISC recommends speaking directly with the CSfC program office about your proposed solution before committing to the purchase of any particular HSM model.