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Machine Identity Management Is Crucial for Digital Transformation [Just Ask Your Analyst]

Machine Identity Management Is Crucial for Digital Transformation [Just Ask Your Analyst]

September 28, 2020 | Emil Hanscom

Machines—from physical devices to containers and algorithms—control the flow of sensitive data. They shape innovation and are fundamental to the way all businesses operate. As a result, the way in which machines connect and authorize communication makes them a primary security and operational risk for organizations.

When compromised, machine identities become powerful tools for attackers, allowing them to hide malicious activity, evade security controls and steal a wide range of sensitive data. Cybercriminals routinely target machine identities in order to misuse their capabilities because they are often poorly understood and weakly protected.

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As digital transformation accelerates, it’s crucial for organizations to have a machine identity management program. Organizations are beginning to realize that protecting the identities of machines is just as important to an Identity and Access Management strategy as protecting the identities of humans. And analysts are validating that need.

“Our society revolves around machines, and as digital transformation programs accelerate, our reliance on machines is growing exponentially,” said Jeff Hudson, CEO of Venafi. “Because every critical business application requires a machine identity, your organization must have a comprehensive machine identity management strategy. If you don’t, you are at risk. Venafi invented this category and holds more than 30 patents in this space, so we are very pleased to see major analysts recognize this rapidly growing market. We believe Venafi is uniquely positioned to create a world where all machine identities are managed and protected.”

As the inventor and leading provider of machine identity management, Venafi delivers innovative solutions for the world's most demanding, security-conscious Global 5000 organizations and government agencies, including the top five U.S. health insurers; the top five U.S. airlines; the top four credit card issuers; three of the top four accounting and consulting firms; four of the top five U.S. retailers; and the top four banks in each of the following countries: the U.S., the U.K., Australia and South Africa.

Venafi is the leader in machine identity management for Kubernetes. Jetstack, a Venafi company, are the creators and maintainers of cert-manager, the leading, open-source machine identity management solution for Kubernetes which is downloaded millions of times per week. Venafi also offers numerous integrations for the HashiCorp ecosystem, natively supports Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud, and operates the $12M Machine Identity Management Development Fund that offers direct sponsorship to developers who create new, innovative solutions for enterprise security and DevOps teams.

“The pandemic has accelerated digital transformation, and security teams are trying to keep up with the number of team members working remotely while, at the same time, support meeting the machine identity needs of fast-moving DevOps teams,” said Kevin Bocek, vice president of security strategy and threat intelligence at Venafi. “These shifts are making it even tougher for enterprises to manage their machine identities effectively. Organizations need help navigating these radical changes. Venafi is the only solution provider with the operational experience to help organizations address all of these challenges.”

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Emil Hanscom
Emil Hanscom

Emil is the Public Relations Manager at Venafi. Passionate about educating the global marketplace about infosec and machine-identity issues, they have consistently grown Venafi's global news coverage year over year.

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