Tech Thursday: What is the DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)?

In June 2019, Dawn Greenman of Johns Hopkins University and Liz Hogan of E-N Computers sat in on a briefing. The Department of Defense announced that it is introducing a new cybersecurity standard for contractors -- the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). With cyberattacks and cyber-warfare in the news week after week, it’s no surprise that the Department of Defense is ready to take a harder line on enforcing cybersecurity standards for defense contractors handling sensitive information.

Tech Thursday: How To Configure Microsoft Certificate Services PKI (Part 2)

For the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at Microsoft AD Certificate Services PKI. Last week, we went over how to set up an offline Root CA. This week, we’ll get an intermediate Issuing CA set up and ready to issue certificates.

Setting Up the Issuing CA

For the issuing CA, you’ll need a domain-joined server running Windows Server 2016. Go ahead and log on to that server with domain admin credentials.

Tech Thursday: How To Configure Microsoft Certificate Services PKI

For the last few weeks, we’ve been looking at digital certificates and the Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) that makes them work. Last week, we looked at some design considerations for a Microsoft AD Certificate Services PKI. If you’ve decided to go ahead and set up your own in-house PKI, then this article will help you get started!

This week we will cover setting up the offline root CA. Then next week we’ll finish up with configuring an issuing CA and making sure that the certs and CRL are published so that your clients can use them.

Tech Thursday: Should I Set Up My Own PKI?

This month, we’ve been talking about digital certificates and public key infrastructure (PKI). So far we’ve covered the basics of how certs work, and how to install publicly trusted certs for Exchange and IIS. This week, we’re going to tackle what’s involved in setting up your own PKI using Microsoft Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS).

As the name suggests, AD CS is highly dependent on Active Directory.