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Blog Post Sep 03, 2020

Sectigo Named a Machine Identity Management Sample Vendor in Two 2020 Gartner Hype Cycle Reports

The massive increase in users remotely accessing corporate networks has underscored the need for effective digital identity management. Still, that increase pales in comparison to the exponential growth of connected devices needing to be secured.

With millions of new endpoints entering the digital ecosystem each year, today's corporate networks are being accessed by everything from employees' personal smartphones to fleets of self-driving cars. In turn, enterprises are increasingly turning to Machine Identity Management to authenticate this influx of users, applications, web servers, and more.

Digital transformation is a growing trend throughout the business world, and IoT devices play a prominent role in expanding connected devices. They are far from the only machines in need of strong PKI-based authentication. Web applications, DevOps containers, cloud services, and gateways, and other assets all play an essential role in today's enterprise architecture. Ensuring that these devices can reliably and securely authenticate onto the network, making the issuance, management, and revocation of these identity certificates an essential service for modern enterprises.

Machine Identity Management solutions, such as those provided by Sectigo, represent an important element of organizations' modern cybersecurity strategy. We are not alone in our assessment of the value of this technology.

Gartner recently published the Hype Cycle for Identity and Access Management Technologies, 2020, this year’s report includes the new Machine Identity Management category. Authoring analysts gave this technology the "High" benefit rating in two Gartner Hype Cycle reports (Gartner subscription required).

According to Gartner, "Machine Identity Management encompasses a number of technologies that today remain mostly siloed (i.e., X.509 Certificate management, SSH key management, as well as secrets and other crypto-key management)."

Sectigo takes great pride in providing market-leading PKI management for the enterprises to identify, validate, and secure every user, device, server, and application.

The ability to identify and manage any device connecting to corporate networks is critical from both an efficiency and security perspective, and manual discovery and management of digital identities have become increasingly cumbersome. Incidents like the recent Spotify outage demonstrate what can happen if certificates are allowed to lapse, but advances in automation have made Machine Identity Management solutions more beneficial than ever, helping enterprises not only authenticate their devices but easily manage certificate lifecycles as well.

The importance of Machine Identity Management has never been greater, and we look forward to delivering market-leading crypto-agility and innovations that further advance this high-benefit technology.