The SSL certificate market is enormous and can be confusing at times due to its hierarchical structure. SSL certificates are inherently time-sensitive—hundreds or more get added or expire every hour. Website owners can jump from one provider to another and change their SSL certificates and SSL certificate chains within minutes. Anyone with the right skills can also create and sign their own SSL certificates. Unscrutinized certificates can give Internet users a false sense of security, exposing networks to man-in-the-middle (MitM) and phishing attacks.
Real-time access to extensive SSL certificate chain data enables security teams and solution providers to keep an eye on both vulnerable and exploited SSL certificates. The automated delivery of critical SSL certificate data to supplement existing cyber intelligence ensures that suspicious Internet properties—including domain names that use self-signed SSL certificates or certificates issued by less reputable certificate authorities (CAs)—are immediately kept on a leash.