October 1, 2001
Depending on who's talking - and what they stand to gain - you hear the full range of opinions regarding the readiness, ease of deployment, and most importantly, cost, of public key infrastructure (PKI) technology. Back in early 2000, a research firm was predicting the PKI market would be taking in multiple billions of dollars by the early to middle part of this decade. Everyone wanted a piece of the action, since capturing even 0.5% of that pie meant a lot of annual revenue. And with Y2K concerns out of the way, what else was there for IT managers to spend money on?