Gartner Research

Goldilocks and the Case for PKI or PKO

Published: 13 April 2010

ID: G00175879

Analyst(s): Eric Ouellet


Organizations, large and small, continue to struggle with public-key technology deployments. Rather than learn from the past and leverage lessons, many choose to repeat the same mistakes.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • The Definition of a PKI and a PKO
    • Public-Key Infrastructure
    • Public-Key Operations Center
  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears
  • Typical Public-Key Technology Deployments
    • Relevance of Goldilocks to Public-Key Technology Deployments
  • The Counterintuitive Benefit of Many PKOs
    • The Myth of More Complexity With More PKOs
    • The Myth of the Need for Maximum Security
    • The Myth of Cross-Certification
    • The Myth of Many PKO Certificates Yielding User Confusion
  • Conclusions

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