The worldwide surge in digitization spree has led to an explosion of machine identities — both in quantity and importance. As a result, a growing number of applications lean on PKI, including DevOps, Internet of Things (IoT), and other cloud & web applications.
Private keys are the cornerstone of PKI-based authentication and digital signing, yet they continue to remain under-protected. Private key storage and rotation techniques are often subject to sub-par security standards and stored in text documents or sent over emails. In some instances, keys are simply generated on an insecure machine and stored in software that cybercriminals can easily circumvent.