AWS Certificate Manager

Easily provision, manage, and deploy public and private SSL/TLS certificates for use with AWS services and your internal connected resources

AWS Certificate Manager is a service that lets you easily provision, manage, and deploy public and private Secure Sockets Layer/Transport Layer Security (SSL/TLS) certificates for use with AWS services and your internal connected resources. SSL/TLS certificates are used to secure network communications and establish the identity of websites over the Internet as well as resources on private networks. AWS Certificate Manager removes the time-consuming manual process of purchasing, uploading, and renewing SSL/TLS certificates.

With AWS Certificate Manager, you can quickly request a certificate, deploy it on ACM-integrated AWS resources, such as Elastic Load Balancers, Amazon CloudFront distributions, and APIs on API Gateway, and let AWS Certificate Manager handle certificate renewals. It also enables you to create private certificates for your internal resources and manage the certificate lifecycle centrally. Public and private certificates provisioned through AWS Certificate Manager for use with ACM-integrated services are free. You pay only for the AWS resources you create to run your application. With AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority, you pay monthly for the operation of the private CA and for the private certificates you issue.

AWS Certificate Manager Private Certificate Authority

Benefits

Free public certificates for ACM-integrated services

With AWS Certificate Manager, there is no additional charge for provisioning public or private SSL/TLS certificates you use with ACM-integrated services, such as Elastic Load Balancing and API Gateway. You pay for the AWS resources you create to run your application. For private certificates, ACM Private CA provides you the ability to pay monthly for the service and certificates you create. You pay less per certificate as you create more private certificates.

Managed certificate renewal

AWS Certificate Manager manages the renewal process for the certificates managed in ACM and used with ACM-integrated services, such as Elastic Load Balancing and API Gateway. ACM can automate renewal and deployment of these certificates. With ACM Private CA APIs, ACM enables you to automate creation and renewal of private certificates for on-premises resources, EC2 instances, and IoT devices.

Get certificates easily

AWS Certificate Manager removes many of the time-consuming and error-prone steps to acquire an SSL/TLS certificate for your website or application. There is no need to generate a key pair or certificate signing request (CSR), submit a CSR to a Certificate Authority, or upload and install the certificate once received. With a few clicks in the AWS Management Console, you can request a trusted SSL/TLS certificate from AWS. Once the certificate is created, AWS Certificate Manager takes care of deploying certificates to help you enable SSL/TLS for your website or application.

Use cases

Protect and secure your website

SSL, and its successor TLS, are industry standard protocols for encrypting network communications and establishing the identity of websites over the Internet. SSL/TLS provides encryption for sensitive data in transit and authentication using SSL/TLS certificates to establish the identity of your site and secure connections between browsers and applications and your site. AWS Certificate Manager provides an easy way to provision and manage these certificates so you can configure a website or application to use the SSL/TLS protocol.

Protect and secure your internal resources

Private certificates are used for identifying and securing communication between connected resources on private networks, such as servers, mobile and IoT devices, and applications. AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) Private Certificate Authority (CA) is a managed private CA service that helps you easily and securely manage the lifecycle of your private certificates. ACM Private CA provides you a highly-available private CA service without the upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs of operating your own private CA. ACM Private CA extends ACM’s certificate management capabilities to private certificates, enabling you to create and manage public and private certificates centrally. ACM Private CA allows developers to be more agile by providing them APIs to create and deploy private certificates programmatically. You also have the flexibility to create private certificates for applications that require custom certificate lifetimes or resource names. Learn more about ACM Private Certificate Authority.

Help meet compliance requirements

By making it easy to enable SSL/TLS, AWS Certificate Manager can help your organization meet regulatory and compliance requirements for encryption of data in transit. For specific information about compliance, refer to the AWS Cloud Compliance site.

Improved uptime

AWS Certificate Manager helps manage the challenges of maintaining SSL/TLS certificates, including certificate renewals so you don’t have to worry about expiring certificates.

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