A confident deployment guide for TLS and PKI

Our journey to better network transport security has been quite the ride, filled with ups and downs. Back in the ’90s, when SSL and the Netscape browser were just taking off, things were pretty hard. We were dealing with weak encryption, export restrictions on cryptography, and computers that couldn’t keep up. But over the years, we’ve made some serious strides.

We’ve had our fair share of setbacks. The Web kept evolving, often without much thought to security, which didn’t make our job any easier. But we didn’t give up. We kept at it, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. And slowly but surely, we started to see tangible improvements.

A Confident Deployment Guide for TLS and PKI

With this guide, A Confident Deployment Guide for TLS and PKI, we’re handing you the keys to the castle. We’ve distilled years of experience and hard-earned knowledge into a practical roadmap for deploying TLS and PKI. No jargon, no fluff—just straightforward advice to get you where you need to go.

We dive deep into essential aspects of network security, covering everything from private keys and certifications to configuration, HTTP and application security, performance optimization, and validation and monitoring. 

This guide will help you understand the complexities surrounding private keys and certificates, ensuring you understand their critical role in establishing secure connections. You’ll learn best practices for configuring TLS and PKI to maximize security while minimizing complexity. 

Protecting HTTPS like it was meant to be protected

We also explore techniques for enhancing website and application security to protect against common TLS and PKI configuration problems. With discussion around strategies for optimizing performance without compromising security, striking the delicate balance between speed and safety. The guide covers effective methods for validating configurations and monitoring network traffic to detect and mitigate potential threats in real-time, providing a comprehensive understanding of network security fundamentals and practical insights to fortify your digital infrastructure effectively.

From SSL Labs to Hardenize, we’ve been in the trenches, helping websites improve their security. And while my book, Bulletproof TLS and PKI – which helps to understand and deploy SSL/TLS and PKI to secure servers and web applications is a treasure trove of information for the hardcore security buffs, this guide is for everyone else. Whether you’re a seasoned Sysadmin or a newbie developer, we’re here to help.

So buckle up and get ready to ride the waves of network security. With a little bit of know-how and a whole lot of determination. Here’s to smoother sailing ahead!

Download your copy here.

Still want to know more?

Misconfigurations in the expanding attack surface are silent threats that can escalate into significant security risks. Often overlooked or undiscovered, these weak points can jeopardize your posture, compliance, financial footing, and reputation. 

Discover how Red Sift ASM illuminates these hidden dangers by watching our webinar which will give you the knowledge and tools to harden your organization’s digital landscape.

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Ivan Ristic

28 Feb. 2024



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