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Stay Safer Online With Two-Factor Authentication

By Kelly Stremel | Apr 12, 2018

According to Pew Research Center, 84 percent of adults rely primarily on memorization or pen and paper to store passwords. But we know that storing passwords on paper could lead to exposure. Instead, using a complex password, combined with password management, and two-factor or multi-factor authentication can help greatly reduce risks. Especially with phishing on…

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Microsoft ADCS Certificate Transparency Support

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Mar 26, 2018

Microsoft just released their official statement and support for Certificate Transparency. I will be writing a full article covering this update as there are several key areas that are lacking in the Microsoft documentation. So in the interest of spreading the word on the official announcement, here is the link: https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4093260/introduction-of-ad-cs-certificate-transparency   Issues that need…

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PKI Solutions is hiring talented PKI professionals

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Mar 13, 2018

PKI Solutions offers a complete set of PKI consulting, training, professional services, support and assessments with a particular emphasis on Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services. As the demand for cybersecurity and the increased protection offered by PKI technologies continues to grow in the enterprise and the Internet of Things, so too is PKI Solutions Inc.…

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Understanding Microsoft Cryptographic Service Providers

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Feb 28, 2018

A common question I often get from customers and students is about Microsoft’s Cryptographic Service Providers (CSP). The CSPs are responsible for creating, storing and accessing cryptographic keys – the underpinnings of any certificate and PKI. These keys can be symmetric or asymmetric, RSA, Elliptical Key or a host of others such as DES, 3DES, and…

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PKI Solutions logo contest!

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Feb 23, 2018

We’re pleased to announce that we’re unveiling our new company logo on our website today. The PKIGuy and the rest of the team here are excited to welcome you to our first-ever PKI Solutions logo contest! Since cryptography is the art of writing and solving codes, we decided to have some fun with the roll-out…

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Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities (Part 2 of 2)

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Jan 11, 2018

In my last blog post (Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities Part 1) I covered the inner workings of how ADCS and the Jet database works to maintain the CA data. In this post I am going to go over a comprehensive PowerShell script that I wrote to perform a full backup of all necessary ADCS…

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Backing up ADCS Certificate Authorities (Part 1 of 2)

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Dec 14, 2017

One of the areas I have spoken about extensively at conferences and cover in my training classes is the unique issues associated with backing up and managing your ADCS Certificate Authority. There are several items I would like to address in this two-part series: CA Database and log file structure Unique issues with VM Snapshots with…

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2018 Training Class Schedule

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Oct 25, 2017

It’s here, the 2018 PKI Training schedule is now live and accepting registrations. There are three In-Depth classes and three Advanced PKI classes split between the US and Europe. Be sure to check out the schedule and register early as classes usually sell-out in advance. PKI In-Depth Class Portland, Oregon: March 26-30, 2018 Washington DC:…

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Book Recommendation – Hacking the Hacker (Roger Grimes)

By Mark B. Cooper aka "The PKI Guy" | Jun 5, 2017

Book Recommendation A good friend of mine I met while at Microsoft just had one of his books released. Roger is a Security Columnist for InfoWorld and is a pretty dang sharp guy. His new book, Hacking the Hacker has some good information in many different areas confronting modern cybersecurity specialists. Of particular interest to…

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