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96% of IT Security Executives Consider PKI Essential to Zero Trust Architecture

Pulse and Keyfactor surveyed 100 IT security executives in North America to better understand their security priorities, the challenges of implementing a Zero Trust strategy, and why public key infrastructure (PKI) and machine identities are a top priority.

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As security is impacted by digital transformation, enterprises are allocating tech budget to PKI and cryptography in 2021.

Cloud-first/cloud migration (72%) is the top priority for IT security leaders, followed by remote workforce (65%) and improved digital customer experience (46%).

Digital Transformation PKI Survey
Budget Allocation PKI Survey

In 2021, the majority (92%) of organizations have allocated up to 20% of their tech budget to PKI and/or cryptography.

Tech gaps and cost are challenges to implementing zero trust, but it's largely on the rise as it mitigates risk and reduces complexity in the stack.

One-third (32%) of organizations have already adopted a Zero Trust strategy, with another 60% planning to in the next year.

Adopting a Zero Trust Strategy
Top Challenges for Zero Trust Strategy

The biggest challenges in implementing a Zero Trust model are technology gaps (73%) and cost concerns (69%).

The biggest advantages to having a Zero Trust strategy are that it mitigates security risk (68%), reduces complexity in the security stack (57%), and reduces time it takes to detect a breach (50%).

Biggest Advantages of Zero Trust Security

Although adoption is lagging, most executives agree PKI is essential to a Zero Trust security architecture.

Almost two-thirds (61%) of companies don't use PKI as part of their Zero Trust Strategy.

Zero Trust PKI Strategy
PKI Essential for Zero Trust

However, the majority (96%) of IT security leaders agree that PKI and digital certificates are essential to Zero Trust.

Organizations that have implemented PKI are focused on automation and moving to the cloud.

A quarter (24%) of organizations have automated their PKI and digital certificates, while another 71% are in the process of deployment or planning to.

Certificate Automation PKI Survey
Certificate Management Capabilities PKI Survey

While visibility is the most important PKI capability, almost half (49%) of IT security leaders are also focused on a cloud-first approach.

Over half (51%) of organizations have already moved up to 50% of their security infrastructure to the cloud.

Security Infrastructure Cloud PKI Survey

Respondent Breakdown

Regional Respondents PKI Survey
Respondents Title and Company Size PKI Survey

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