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Meet Us at Black Hat 2015: Blue Coat and Venafi Security Experts Discuss How to Combat SSL/TLS Encry

Meet Us at Black Hat 2015: Blue Coat and Venafi Security Experts Discuss How to Combat SSL/TLS Encry

July 30, 2015 | Patriz Regalado

It’s going to be an exciting week at Black Hat USA 2015 and we are certainly looking forward to it!  Venafi is teaming up with Blue Coat to conduct a technical briefing at Black Hat on how to eliminate SSL/TLS encryption blind spots.  Gartner believes that by 2017, more than 50% of the network attacks, both inbound and outbound, will use encrypted SSL/TLS communications.  And why is that? Well, attackers today are focusing on hiding in SSL/TLS traffic because they know that most network security solutions are “blind” to SSL/TLS traffic.  The majority of organizations blindly trust encrypted communications and don’t, or can’t, decrypt traffic. This means they can’t assess and block threats that leverage SSL/TLS.

Blue Coat and Venafi at Black Hat

How bad is the problem? According to Gartner, less than 20% of organizations with a firewall, IPS, or UTM appliance decrypt SSL traffic. That means 80% of these organizations might be allowing cybercriminals to leverage SSL/TLS tunnels to sneak malware into their network, hide command-and-control traffic, and pilfer sensitive data.

The reason for this security blind spot to SSL/TLS traffic is two-fold: (1) Security systems can’t inspect encrypted traffic or their performance can’t keep up; and (2) Security systems lack the cryptographic keys and digital certificates from across the network that are needed to decrypt SSL/TLS traffic.  This inability to inspect SSL/TLS encrypted traffic undermines traditional layered defenses and increases the risk of a data breach and data loss.

What do you need to enable SSL/TLS decryption and threat inspection?  The Black Hat 2015 briefing, Your Threat Detection Strategy is Only 50% Effective,  co-presented with Blue Coat, provides guidance on how SSL/TLS impacts security controls and how you can eliminate SSL/TLS security blind spots. Go to to register for the briefing.  Together, Venafi and Blue Coat solutions maximize SSL/TLS decryption and uncover threats. 

And if you pre-register, you’ll get a $30 Amazon gift card when you attend as well as a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card per session.

Drop me a line if you want to learn more. I hope to see you there!

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