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.
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 Venafi.com/BH2015 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!