Gartner Research

Technology Insight for X.509 Certificate Management

Published: 23 April 2018

ID: G00345533

Analyst(s): David Mahdi


Security and risk management leaders are too often unaware of the scope or status of their X.509 certificate deployments. As the scope of certificates expands to devices, containers and the Internet of Things, they will need to transition to automated certificate management to avert system outages.

Table Of Contents


  • Definition
  • Description
    • Functions of X.509 Certificate Management Solutions
  • Benefits and Uses
    • Holistic Management of X.509 Certificates: Enhancing Internal and External Enterprise PKI
    • Optimizing Management of External SSL/TLS Certificates
    • Expanding Uses of PKI and X.509 Certificates
  • Risks
    • System Downtime Due to Certificate Expiries
    • Management by Spreadsheet
    • Crypto-Agility: Management of X.509 Certificate Vulnerabilities and Compliance
  • Recommendations
  • Representative Providers
    • Discovery-Centric Tools
    • Full Life Cycle Management Tools

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