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Cloud, user authentication,
and IoT drive spike in PKI use

Organizations are using digital certificates at rates never seen before, but face many challenges to evolve their PKI to meet new needs. New applications including the IoT, evolving standards and mandates, and unclear internal ownership stand to hinder organizations’ efforts to deploy and manage their PKI. And with a big increase in issued and acquired certificates found in this year’s study, the importance of automated certificate management and strong best practice-based security including HSMs has never been higher.

Key Statistics


use PKI for public-cloud based applications


report that lack of understanding of their PKI’s security capabilities is their top challenge


use hardware security modules (HSMs) to protect offline root certificate authorities

2020 Global PKI and IoT Trends Study

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The 2020 Global PKI and IoT Trends Study, conducted by the Ponemon Institute, is based on a survey of 1934 individuals involved in PKI in 17 countries/regions.

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