Both the federal government and Internet of Things manufacturers are facing key challenges and opportunities in regards to implementing secure Public Key Infrastructure practices for digital certificate management and encryption, according to a pair of newly published research reports.

The first report, from machine identity protection company Venafi, reveals data compiled from a survey of 100 federal government IT security professionals who were asked about their organizations' preparedness to comply with the 2017 Binding Operational Directive (BOD) 18-01. This Department of Homeland Security-issued directive requires all U.S. federal agency websites to fortify their email and web security by improving the handling of machine identities through the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) keys and PKI certificates.

According to the survey, 54 percent of respondents said they were confident their networks do not contain certificates from any unauthorized certificate authorities (CAs) -- and yet only 46 percent of the study participants said they have the controls in place needed to detect this problem.

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