Forrester Research - Attacks on Trust: The Cybercriminal’s New Weapon – Venafi

Forrester Research — "Attacks On Trust: The Cybercriminal's New Weapon"

This Forrester Consulting study was conducted on behalf of Venafi to highlight how cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting vulnerable cryptographic keys and digital certificates. There’s no doubt about it— cybercriminals want access to your network and data. And they are more sophisticated than ever in finding ways to do it. Trust-based attacks are those that target instruments (keys and certificates) that enable trusted electronic interactions. By targeting trusted interactions between networked devices—including servers, virtual machines, clouds and mobile devices—hackers steal identities, gain access to intellectual property, and pose as legitimate entities to launch attacks against other victims.

According to the paper, nearly half (44%) of all businesses have reported an attack on their cryptographic resources. You need to recognize the risk of trust-based attacks and learn how to thwart them. In this paper, you'll learn:

  • What makes keys and certificates desirable targets
  • Why many security measures don’t protect cryptographic data
  • How cybercriminals use keys and certificates as weapons
  • How cloud and mobile uses increase the attack surface
  • Four steps to protect against trust based attacks

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