Certificate Authority Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Certificate Authority Market is segmented by Component (Certificate Types, Services), Organization Size (Large Enterprises, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises), Industry Vertical (BFSI, Retail, Healthcare, IT and Telecom), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 12.7 %

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Market Overview

The Certificate Authority Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.7% over the forecast period 2021 to 2026. The rise in awareness among internet users about secure web access, the increasing need to build trust among the expanding online customer base, and adhering to rigorous compliances and regulations are some of the driving factors anticipated to drive the growth of the certificate authority market during the forecast period.

  • The certificate-based authentication uses a digital certificate to identify a user, machine, or device before granting access to a resource, network, and application. The growing IoT and BYOD trends are also expected to increase the adoption of authentication certificates.
  • The SSL certificates segment deems for a principal share of the certification authority market due to its integrity, non-repudiation, encryption, and authentication features. It is a domain validated and completely automated validation type that allows users to start defending their eCommerce, webmail, blog visitors, logins, and more within a few minutes. It is one of the swiftest and most affordable means to activate SSL protection for the website.
  • The healthcare industry vertical is anticipated to grow at a tremendous rate during the forecast period, owing to an expanding need to secure customers’ data and satisfy compliance requirements. The growing incidents of cyber-attacks on Personally Identifiable Information (PII), Electronic Health Record (EHR), and Protected Health Information (PHI) are major concerns for healthcare organizations.
  • Healthcare organizations use digital certificates to prevent theft risks of patients’ medical records. For instance, according to the Identity Theft Resource Center, in 2019, the majority of the 1,473 annual data breaches affected business and medical or healthcare organizations, with 644 and 525 data breaches. In the same year 2019, as per HIPAA Journal, the most significant healthcare data breach occurred at AccuDoc Solutions. This breach affected some 2.65 million individuals and was qualified as a hacking/IT incident.
  • However, running a private certificate authority or using self-signed certificates could restrain market growth. Moreover, the lack of awareness among organizations about the importance of security certificates is challenging the market growth. In addition to that, growing IoT trends across industry verticals and the proliferation of cloud-based services among global organizations provide ample opportunities for the growth of the market.
  • Though, trade wars and growth changes have been challenging the end-user industries. With the current outbreak of COVID 19, the certificate authority market is playing a vital role by guaranteeing that the product and services offered, especially in the healthcare sector, adhere to the fundamental requirements.

Scope of the Report

A certificate authority (CA), also seldom mentioned to as a certification authority, is a firm or company that works to authenticate the identities of entities (such as email addresses, companies, websites, or individual persons) and bind them to cryptographic keys through the issuance of electronic documents recognized as digital certificates.

By Component
Certificate Types**
SSL Certificates
Code Signing Certificates
Secure Email Certificates
Authentication Certificates
Implementation and Integration Services
Support Services
Managed PKI Services
By Organization Size
Large Enterprises
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises
By Industry Vertical
IT and Telecom
Other Industry Verticals
North America
Rest of the World

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Key Market Trends

Healthcare Industry Vertical to Grow at the Highest Rate During the Forecast Period

  • The healthcare industry vertical is quickly deploying cutting-edge technologies to give patients with an instinctive, personalized experience. The partnerships, mergers, and acquisitions growth strategy in the healthcare industry vertical have enhanced the complexity of managing the user credentials and the other sensitive information. 
  • The digital certificates help healthcare professionals to secure personal health information in their mobile devices, such as laptops and smartphones. Additionally, the rising incidents of cyber-attacks on Personally Identifiable Information (PII), is a significant concern for healthcare organizations. 
  • According to Thomson Reuters, identity theft is the most common type of data breach incident in the world. In 2018, identity theft accounted for more than 65% of all global data breaches, and about 40% of all compromised records that year. 
  • The services sector had the highest number of identities exposed in the year 2018 – over 914 million. This figure accounted for just over 90% of all characters who were exposed through data breaches in 2018.

North America to Drive the Certificate Authority Market

  • North America is expected to hold the largest market size during the forecast period in the certificate authority market by region. Primary growth drivers for the North American market constitute the significant presence of primary certificate authorities and stringent data security regulations and compliance. 
  • Owing to growing online businesses, digital transformation, and growing IoT trends, North America is anticipated to Drive the Certificate Authority Market. Additionally, the countries in the region, namely the United States and Canada have all updated or introduced new national cybersecurity policies that would drive the certificate authority market.
  • Growing Internet of Things (IoT) trends are expected to create vital growth opportunities for the certification authority market in the region. For instance, according to research conducted by Stanford University in collaboration with Avast, 66% of homes in North America have at least one IoT device, against the global average of 40%. 25% of North American homes have more than two devices.
  • Moreover, the growing number of data breaches and data thefts in the healthcare and medical sector is also anticipated to boost the Certificate Authority Market growth in the region. For instance, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the total number of data breaches in the U.S. health/medical sector in 2018 reached 363. Besides, according to Fortified Health Security, of all the U.S. healthcare data breaches, 42% of all affected individuals were healthcare providers.

Competitive Landscape

The Certificate Authority Market is moderately competitive and consists of several major players. The market is gaining competition globally. Nonetheless, the market exhibits the strong presence of key international players. These companies are leveraging strategic collaborative initiatives to expand their market share and enhance their profitability. Most of the companies are actively involved in mergers and acquisitions, owing to globalization.

  • May 2020 - GlobalSign Inc. announced the launch of its new automated Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) platform, Atlas. Atlas will be the platform for all GlobalSign solutions, allowing it to "shoulder" the burden of all PKI initiatives for customers. Existing GlobalSign solutions will gradually be added to Atlas in the coming months and over the next year.  
  • March 2020 - Out of concern for the safety and comfort of customers, Echo Investment, in cooperation with Asseco Data Systems and Samsung Electronics Poland, has introduced digital contracts for reservation of premises signed on a mobile device. The service uses the technology of qualified and biometric electronic signature and is based on a dedicated CRM system.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions​ and Market Definition​

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study​




    1. 4.1 Market Overview​

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

      1. 4.2.1 Growing Awareness Among Internet Users About Secure Web Access

      2. 4.2.2 Managing Strict Regulations and Compliance

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

      1. 4.3.1 Using of Self-Signed Certificates

      2. 4.3.2 Lack of Awareness About the Importance of Security Certificates

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis​

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitutes

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    5. 4.5 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    6. 4.6 Assessment of Impact of Covid-19 on the Industry


    1. 5.1 By Component

      1. 5.1.1 Certificate Types**

        1. SSL Certificates

        2. Code Signing Certificates

        3. Secure Email Certificates

        4. Authentication Certificates

      2. 5.1.2 Services**

        1. Implementation and Integration Services

        2. Support Services

        3. Managed PKI Services

    2. 5.2 By Organization Size

      1. 5.2.1 Large Enterprises

      2. 5.2.2 Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises

    3. 5.3 By Industry Vertical

      1. 5.3.1 BFSI

      2. 5.3.2 Retail

      3. 5.3.3 Healthcare

      4. 5.3.4 IT and Telecom

      5. 5.3.5 Other Industry Verticals

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 DigiCert, Inc.

      2. 6.1.2 Comodo CA

      3. 6.1.3 GoDaddy Inc.

      4. 6.1.4 Asseco Data Systems Inc.

      5. 6.1.5 GlobalSign Inc.

      6. 6.1.6 Entrust Datacard Inc.

      7. 6.1.7 Actalis S.p.A

      8. 6.1.8 SSL.Com

      9. 6.1.9 Trustwave Holdings

      10. 6.1.10 Network Solutions, LLC

      11. 6.1.11 WISeKey International Holdings

      12. 6.1.12 Swisssign AG

      13. 6.1.13 OneSpan Inc.

      14. 6.1.14 Camerfirma S.A.

      15. 6.1.15 Buypass AS

    2. *List Not Exhaustive


**Qualitative Analysis for sub-segments

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Certificate Authority Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Certificate Authority Market is growing at a CAGR of 12.7% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

DigiCert, Inc., Comodo CA, GlobalSign Inc., GoDaddy Inc., Asseco Data Systems are the major companies operating in Certificate Authority Market.

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