The 2015 SSL/TLS certificate industry generated more than $1 billion in global revenues for certificate authorities (CA). The industry may be at an inflection point. What augers well for CAs is the Web browsers believe that the SSL/TLS certificate installation and procedure is the most secure way to ensure the safe fully encrypted Web session for Web visitors and Web site administrators alike. However, the availability of free domain-validated certificates could undermine the prices of all types of SSL/TLS certificates.

Key Questions This Study Will Answer
  • Who are the top competitors in this market? How concentrated is the market?
  • How are certificate authorities creating customer value beyond SSL/TLS certificates (Internet of Things, digital signatures, device authentication)?
  • How will the structure of the market change with time?
  • What is the competitive environment for the top certificate authorities?
  • Are SSL/TLS certificates, as an industry, safe from competing technologies?
  • What can be done to make SSL/TLS certificates less susceptible to cyber attacks?