Mitigate Trust-based Attacks

Understand what strategies you can implement to better mitigate against trust-based (key and certificate) attacks.

Analyst Coverage

“Cybercriminals are known to steal SSH keys or manipulate which keys are trusted to gain access to source code and other valuable intellectual property” Read More

“Advanced threat detection provides an important layer of protection but is not a substitute for securing keys and certificates that can provide an attacker trusted status that evades detection.” Read More

"Basically, the enterprise is a sitting duck."

"PKi is under attack...Advanced and persistent adversaries go for keys" Read More

"When there are many hundreds of certificates from a variety of certificate authorities, the only ecumenical [universal], nonproprietary provider of a certificate management solution is Venafi. Other CA management systems are biased toward the particular CA by, for example, only supporting renewals from that specific CA." Read More

"No CISO could consider having tens of thousands of unknown network ports open and have no way to control them. But that’s the alarming reality today with regards the trust established by keys and certificates..." Read More

"Organizations with roughly 200 or more documented X.509 certificates in use are high-risk candidates for unplanned expiry and having certificates that have been purchased but not deployed." Read More

"Technology critical to cloud computing is in clear and present danger...attacks on Secure Shell (SSH) keys present the most alarming threat arising from failure to control trust." Read More

“Certificates can no longer be blindly trusted” Read More

“Just because something is digitally signed doesn't mean it can be trusted.”

“Enterprise awareness of attacks on keys and certificates is in its infancy; most don’t understand how to detect or respond to an attack.” Read More

How are advanced attacks taking advantage of keys and certificates?

Never have organizations faced such a barrage of cyber-attacks. Cybercriminals and nation-states are successfully syphoning off their intellectual property. More than a terabyte of data is stolen each day (The Verge). Despite the fact that companies will spend US$68.34 billion globally on cyber security solutions this year (Security Affairs), 95 percent of them are already compromised (FireEye).

Cybercriminals have discovered a new attack vector: Exploiting the trust that keys and certificates establish.

By using keys and certificates, hackers are able to go about their business on your network, authenticated, and with legitimate access. They are able to successfully steal your data while remaining undetected for months—sometimes years—at a time. Stuxnet and Duqu provided the blueprint, and now attacks on keys and certificates are commonplace. Common Trojans such as Zeus and SpyEye steal these trust assets.

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