Survey finds faith in Internet trust system fading fast

IT professionals are more reliant on public key encryption than ever before. They’re also more doubtful than ever before that the technology will keep their critical data and assets safe. 

That’s the conclusion of a survey of more than 2,000 IT professionals conducted by The Ponemon Institute and the security firm Venafi. The survey of IT security professionals in the U.S., U.K. Germany, France and Australia found that attacks on both encryption keys and certificates are universal, while enterprise governance of certificates continues to lag. 

The proliferation problem

Data collected in the survey found that the number of keys and certificates deployed within organizations has grown by 34% to almost 24,000 per enterprise. Unsurprisingly, that rapid growth has left organizations less sure of where they use keys and certificates. Fifty-four percent of organizations surveyed acknowledged that they did not know where all their keys and certificates are located, the report said. 

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