Digitization has brought with it the consolidation of the digital certificate as one of the most important assets in the company, and with it, the need for a much more secure and controlled authentication, especially to protect the corporate digital identity.
On this, Redtrust has addressed this relevance and shows why companies need to exercise secure authentication through the digital certificate. And it is that, between 2020 and 2022, 47% of companies suffered, at least once, an identity theft attack.
“With all this, companies choose authentication with a digital certificate because they find in it the balance between: security, by protecting the most sensitive data while keeping the digital identity safe; agility, by acquiring greater immediacy when carrying out procedures; and accessibility”, explains Daniel Rodríguez, CEO of Redtrust.
The most important purpose that authentication acquires is electronic communication with the Public Administration, being the legal entity representative certificate the most used for this purpose. The DESI places Spain as the seventh country in the EU in terms of digital public services offered.
For its part, the Tax Agency, the Cadastre, Social Security or the State Public Employment Service are the agencies with which there is the greatest online interaction, and, therefore, greater use of the digital certificate.
Secure and controlled authentication, the foundation for any organization
Based on the wide range of procedures and communications that companies can carry out with the Administration, it is clear that not all employees need to have the same permits or access the same certificates.
In this sense, it is important to ensure both authentication, to demonstrate the user’s identity, and authorization, to establish and limit the resources to which they will have access.
Keys to control and secure authentication
Thanks to efficient certificate access authorization management and the configuration of restrictions, a greater number of departments will be able to use certificates in a secure and controlled manner, either to authenticate on internal and external platforms, sign digitally or to encrypt information and communications.
Risks such as the dispersion and loss of certificates, uncontrolled authentication, the absence of a historical record of uses or the interruption of business activity will also be avoided. All of them endanger authentication and, with it, the security of digital identity.
To control and secure authentication it is important to mitigate the above risks through four key practices:
- custody of certificates in a single place (centralization)
- the restriction of permissions and uses for a total control of the use of the certificates
- the monitoring of actions, in order to obtain a follow-up of uses in real time
- correct management of the life cycle of digital certificates beyond their renewal: the ability to issue new ones and revoke those that are in disuse is also a priority
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism