Rogue Certificates and Shadow IT: The Underbelly of Digital Certificate Growth



The average number of digital certificates owned by organizations has grown over the past few years. A Ponemon study sponsored by Entrust reported that the number of certificates reached 56,192 for the average enterprise in 2020. That’s 43% higher than it was the previous year at 39,197.

Such growth in part reflects the fact that many organizations have transitioned to a remote or hybrid work model following the events of 2020. Along the way, those entities have found themselves increasingly relying on digital technology and services to serve their business requirements. It also highlights how organizations have been investing in bringing on new Internet of Things (IoT) devices, cloud services, and applications into their environment over the past few years. The result is that machine identities now far outnumber human identities. Organizations need a way to secure all these resources along with the communication between them.

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