Keyfactor, a company which works to secure digital identities, today announced the launch of the Keyfactor Partner Network, its global channel partner program, and the appointment of BJ Ferguson as head of global channel sales and operations.

“Cryptographic best practice is modernizing Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) tooling and processes, yet the industry lacks a center of excellence that can support enterprise-wide best practices,” said Jordan Rackie, chief executive officer at Keyfactor. “The Keyfactor Partner Network brings together best-in-class PKI technology and solution providers, making critical digital identity management resources broadly available to all enterprises. We’re excited to introduce the partner network with BJ at the helm. With years of SaaS and security expertise, BJ deeply understands the marketplace and the success that comes through delivering meaningful opportunities to channel partners and real solutions to their customers.”

The Keyfactor Partner Network includes solutions providers, strategic OEM and distribution alliances, custom systems integrators and strategic technology integrations providers. Qualifying partners benefit from a trusted transaction approach, aggressive sales margins and extensive support with access to education, certification programs and marketing development funds.

“Many organizations are trying to manage PKI in-house through legacy processes, which are no match for today’s complex security risks,” Ferguson said. “The Keyfactor Partner Network makes it easier to manage enterprise PKI challenges — it brings an innovative network of partners together to solve companies’ evolving cryptography requirements.”

The company points to new research which found that only 38 percent of enterprise respondents have enough IT security staff members dedicated to PKI deployment, and that program responsibility is dispersed across IT operations (21 percent) and other lines of business (19 percent). Lack of defined ownership and disparate tool use is driving security risk, with 73 percent of businesses reporting unplanned downtime and outages due to mismanaged digital certificates, a core component within PKI.

“Now more than ever, enterprises need to assess their critical security infrastructures that manage and protect assets and customer information, especially as the industry prepares for the threat of quantum computing,” said Mark B. Cooper, president and founder, PKI Solutions, a Keyfactor partner. “The ability to quickly and easily partner with industry leaders such as Keyfactor enables us to quickly bring solutions to our customers. PKI Solutions is pleased to be part of the Keyfactor Partner Network where there is great synergy around securely managed public key infrastructures.”

For more information about the Keyfactor Partner Network, visit