Gartner Research

PKI Is Gearing Up for the Internet of Things

Published: 29 August 2016

ID: G00303119

Analyst(s): Erik Wahlstrom


PKI has been a quiet yet foundational security tool for identity professionals for two decades. The IoT, mobility, certificate life cycle handling, scale and new deployment options create resurgent interest in PKI, its potential disruptors and its vendors.

Table Of Contents



  • The Internet of Things
    • Scale
    • Issuance
    • Speed
    • Closed Usage Model Versus Public Trust
    • The Certificates
    • Assurance Requirements and Transaction Types
    • Partnerships Form the IoT
  • Microsoft Versus the World
    • Administration
    • Enterprise-Grade Deployment and Support
    • The IoT
  • Cloud PKI
  • PKI's Intersection With Mobility
  • Discovery and Full Life Cycle Management
  • The Futures and the Disruptors
  • Market Landscape


  • Carefully Model IoT Identity Needs
  • Handle the Full Life Cycle of Mobile Certificates
  • Manage and Monitor Your Issued Certificates
  • Shore Up the Infrastructure and the Program(s)
  • Consider Microsoft, but Be Realistic
  • Simplify the Deployment
  • Consider All Variants of the Cloud
  • Use Open Source?

The Details

  • Vendor Solutions
    • AppViewX
    • Certified Security Solutions
    • DigiCert
    • Entrust Datacard
    • GlobalSign
    • Microsoft
    • neXus
    • PrimeKey
    • Safelayer
    • Symantec
    • Venafi
  • Others in the PKI Ecosystem
    • Comodo
    • HID Global
    • IDnomic
    • Red Hat
    • RSA, The Security Division of EMC
    • Verizon Enterprise Solutions

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