PKI, digital certs poised for growth
Public Key Infrastructure is still the gold standard when it comes to identity management and the market is poised for growth, according to the latest report from Frost & Sullivan.
Analysis from Frost & Sullivan, Global Certificates Markets—A Focus on Public Key Infrastructure, finds that the market earned revenues of $357.4 million in 2013 and estimates this to reach $532.8 million in 2017. The government sector is expected to account for the largest share of the total revenue owing to the implementation of several identity document projects.
Part of the reason for the expected growth is the increased number of data breaches and security bugs, such as Heartbleed. The increasing use of mobile devices, leading to the emergence of new usage models and habits, will further highlight the need to identify people, devices, and transactions, spurring the demand for PKI.
PKI has always been knocked because of its expense and complexity but this is changing. “The quality of PKI platforms and associated services has drastically improved, widening market potential,” said Jean-Noël Georges, information and communication technologies global program director at Frost & Sullivan.
The change management strategies necessary for PKI installations add to end-user reticence. To gain clients, PKI suppliers should providing a complete return on investment analysis that also takes into account the hidden costs of certificate management, profile lifetime, and form factor support is important.
“Companies and governments seek solutions that are flexible enough to work with existing systems and evolve to add new services or uses quickly and cost-effectively,” stated Georges. “Certificate providers capable of supporting many devices, security requirements, usages, and systems to deliver a technology agnostic platform for certificate management will strengthen their position in the global PKI domain.”
HID, Eid Passport partner on PIV-I
HID Global announced that it has teamed with Eid Passport to supply the company with the ActivID Credential Management System for Eid Passport’s PIV-I managed service.
Eid Passport’s service is targeted at commercial, government and military organizations that require the high levels of identity assurance to secure sensitive physical and logical assets. The U.S. Navy awarded a contract to provide credentialing support for the Navy Commercial Access Control System its contractors, vendors, suppliers and service providers who seek entry to naval facilities. To meet the needs of the U.S. Navy and other customers for its PIV-I service, Eid Passport has worked with HID Advantage Partner Axiad IDS to integrate ActivID CMS into its service for secure provisioning of the cards.
Provisioning the cards using HID Global’s ActivID CMS makes it easy to define and apply policies to manage data, applets, and digital certificates across the entire lifecycle of a card. ActivID CMS is easily integrated into an existing security infrastructure, and can scale to millions of credentials in complex, distributed environments with multiple user groups.
Bionym, Winfrasoft join FIDO Alliance
Bionym it has joined the FIDO Alliance. As a collaborative effort, FIDO standards will make it easier for web services to leverage the Nymi as a secure authentication mechanism, without passwords.
Nymi enables authentication through an embedded electrocardiogram sensor. After a short activation process wherein Nymi recognizes the wearer’s personal ECG, the bracelet then communicates your identity to your devices.
Winfrasoft the developer of the PINgrid soft-token authentication solution.