Thousands upon thousands of affected Oculus Rifts was the last thing Oculus VR—a division of Facebook Inc. and developer of the Oculus Rift—wanted to wake up to. But after letting just one SSL certificate expire, this was their reality.
On March 7th, users of the Oculus Rift headset around the world found that their devices had stopped working all of a sudden. For many of them, it wasn’t until they came across a heated discussion on Reddit that they learned there wasn’t anything wrong with their hardware; the issue was that the company had failed to renew an SSL certificate in its Rift app. This caused the virtual reality software needed to run the headset to throw a security error message when users attempted to log in.
Oculus later released a patch containing the renewed version of the certificate to fix the issue, but the damage had already been done. Not only did they have to deal with frustrated customers facing 48 hours of lockout, but they also ended up giving away a $15 credit to each customer in an attempt to compensate them for the inconvenience.
Oculus doesn’t stand alone in certificate expiration oversight
This isn’t the first time an organization has faced setbacks because of expired SSL certificates. According to a Ponemon report, the average Global 5000 company spends $15 million to recover from the loss of business resulting from a certificate outage, and faces another $25 million in potential fines from compliance.
For organizations housing a large number of web applications, manually tracking all the SSL certificates within their network can be a daunting task. Companies need a strategy to completely automate their certificate management process so they can steer clear from the risks of certificate expiration and outages.
Key Manager Plus provides complete visibility and control over your SSL environment
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- Discover all SSL certificates within your network.
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