Certificate lifecycle management (CLM) vendor Sectigo has sealed a UK distribution agreement with security specialist Kite Distribution, which will now handle Sectigo Certificate Manager in the channel.
The shift towards certificates with shorter durations poses a significant and expensive challenge for organisations of all sizes.
In February 2023, Google unveiled in its “Moving Forward, Together” plan its aim to shorten the maximum allowed validity of public certificates, from 398 days down to 90 days, representing a 77% reduction in the maximum term, and resulting in a need for five times the number of digital certificates to be managed.
As organisations approach a period dominated by these short-duration certificates, and with a rising need for cryptographic services, the urgency for automated digital certificate management has never been more acute, said the new partners.
Stuart Nairne-Clark, Kite business development director, said: “Kite has operated successfully in the CLM sector for several years. However, with organisations like Google driving change in the industry by mandating 90-day certificate lifespans, we believe this market is on the cusp of experiencing immense growth.”
He said: “Kite is working with the channel to ensure it understands the potential disruption and the resulting opportunity available to partners who ensure they prepare for changes that will impact digital trust.”
Ottavio Camponeschi, vice president for EMEA at Sectigo, added: "Our solution will instantly enhance the efficiency and efficacy of organisational security resources. Both Sectigo and Kite Distribution stand as trusted partners for UK organisations of all sizes.”