HID Global has updated its HydrantID Account Certificate Manager (ACM) platform with a new Certificate Enrollment Extension (CEE) that makes it easy to turn an employee Chromebook into a trusted corporate device. The company noted that the number of Chromebooks in circulation skyrocketed during the COVID-19 pandemic as students and remote workers purchased millions of new computers during the transition to a work-from-home environment.
The new CEE feature will simply allow those people to continue to use their Chromebooks as they start returning to physical offices and classrooms. The HydrantID ACM provides organizations with fully automated digital certificate management for the entire product lifecycle, and allows those organizations to install, track, and renew those certificates once they have been issued.
The extension itself is compatible with any Chromebook make and model, and will deploy certificates as soon as a Chromebook user plugs in their device. The solution does not require any additional intervention, and immediately enables secure passwordless authentication for people using personal devices to access academic and corporate resources.
For its part, HID Global believes that the CEE is well-suited to organizations looking to support a more modern hybrid work arrangement. The CEE provides consistent coverage for people logging in remotely or from an office network, and minimizes the workload on IT departments, even in settings that do not run on Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services.
“The traditional walled-fortress IT security posture isn’t feasible as we transition to hybrid remote and in-person work and study environments using a growing variety of computing devices and operating systems,” said HID Global PKI Services Senior Product Manager Mrugesh Chandarana. “HID HydrantID ACM with its CEE feature is the first solution to provide an easy, cloud-based approach to digital certificate management that enables these devices to authenticate to enterprise networks in a passwordless, Zero Trust environment.”
HID Global launched HydrantID ACM at the end of March, following its acquisition of HydrantID two years prior. The company has also added cloud-based multi-factor authentication capabilities to its WorkforceID access management solution.