‘IoT is the fastest growing force affecting PKI planning and evolution’ – Thales

According to the report’s findings, the rapid growth in the use of IoT devices is having an impact on the use of PKI technologies

The Internet of Things is the fastest growing trend driving the deployment of applications that use PKI (public key infrastructure), according to the latest report from Thales and the Ponemon Institute.

The IoT has emerged, along with the cloud, as the greatest disruptor to the future of PKI planning, as organisations increasingly relying on it as a core enterprise asset.

What is a PKI? A PKI is a set of roles, policies and procedures needed to create, manage, distribute, use, store and revoke digital certificates and manage public-key encryption.

While many of the traditional challenges to PKI adoption remain, such as a lack of clear ownership, organisations are increasingly hiring PKI specialists and investing in additional security controls such as multi-factor authentication.

“In previous years, we highlighted PKI as an established technology positioned to tackle the authentication needs and challenges to support the rise of cloud applications,” said Dr Larry Ponemon, chairman and founder of The Ponemon Institute.

“Now, the c-suite is challenging its teams to leverage IoT to improve and drive business. With this comes the increased risk of more endpoints to protect, and the need to understand the role of PKI as a critical enabler. At the same time, this underscores the need for further advancement in skilling and resourcing related to PKI and the overall ownership within the organisation.” ..Read More..

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