Key Management: Your Tales From The Trenches

Now that I’m settled in here at PKWARE, I’m going to do something I haven’t done since my journalist days: I’m going to interview people on a regular basis and work the feedback into a steady stream of analytical posts.

I’ll ask questions of my colleagues, for sure. But I’m also going to ask questions of people outside the company, particularly security practitioners who deal with the challenges our technology is designed to address.

This post is my opening salvo, an unscientific poll of sorts.

Why? Because to better explain how we can help you, we must be good listeners and get your regular feedback about what works and what doesn’t in your enterprise. We always need to educate ourselves to keep our mission in the right direction.

Since we’re in the business of making key management and encryption a saner process, my focus will typically be in those parameters.

And so my first questions are:

“What are the biggest obstacles to effective key management in your enterprise?” and “What are the things that have helped or hurt?”

I’m asking from the technological perspective as well as the people perspective. I promise that your answers won’t be converted into a product pitch. This is for the sake of discourse and education in the security community.

I’ll write a lot about Smartcrypt and other PKWARE products in the coming days, weeks and months, for sure. But for now, the goal is to put your pain points into clearer focus.

So have at it. Those who choose to participate can reach me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

I’ll use names, titles and companies when told I can. If you wish to remain anonymous, that’s fine, too.


Bill Brenner

Bill Brenner

Journalist. Family man. Blogger. History buff. Heavy Metal fanatic. Frequent traveler. As senior content strategist, Bill Brenner writes about all manner of security threats and how PKWARE's data encryption technology can help. On the side he writes a personal blog called The OCD Diaries, chronicling his experiences with OCD and other challenges, and opines about the big security stories of the day via the Liquidmatrix Security Digest.

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