AFCEA Cyberspace Symposium: Combating Encrypted Threats, IoT-Born DDoS Attacks

Federal agencies are in a delicate position when it comes to cyber security. They need to make information available to citizens while also protecting themselves against the evolving threat landscape, such as attacks concealed in encrypted traffic or leveraging hijacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Fortifying federal networks and applications from threat actors is a major focus of the upcoming AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium 2017 (Feb. 6 through Feb. 9 at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo.).

The event is a national forum for industry and government to work together to help solve the challenges of cyber security, community cyber readiness and national defense.

Boasting an exciting mix of thought-provoking speakers and panelists, the event offers attendees a deep dive into new technologies and new attack strategies that every organization should be aware of. The symposium will also feature an exhibit hall comprising industry, academia and non-profit organizations providing insights into cutting edge cyber technologies to help protect against modern threats and attacks.

You’ll find A10 Networks at booth No. 46 in the exhibit hall, where we’ll showcase how our secure application services can protect federal agencies from threats hidden in SSL encrypted traffic and defend against DDoS attacks, including IoT-born attacks.

Threat actors have found ways to conceal threats within encrypted traffic. According to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, approximately 42 percent of a federal agency’s inbound Web traffic and 32 percent of their outbound traffic is encrypted, yet public sector survey respondents who indicated they had been attacked in the past 12 months believe 43 percent of those attacks leveraged encryption to evade detection.

A10 Thunder SSLi series’ “break and inspect” capability arms federal agencies in the war against malicious encrypted traffic. Thunder SSLi allows encrypted traffic to be offloaded, decrypted and inspected before it is re-encrypted and sent to its destination. This helps sniff out any threats that may have been cloaked by encryption.

Thunder SSLi is FIPS-validated and features 100 GbE interfaces and integrated HSM(s). With Thunder TPS, federal agencies can break and inspect SSL traffic to stop malicious threats.

Along with Thunder SSLi, A10 will also showcase Thunder TPS, which helps federal agencies combat DDoS attacks, including IoT-born attacks. Thunder TPS easily integrates into your network and security architecture to keep DDoS attacks out and to keep your networks and applications running uninterrupted. It’s a first line of defense against DDoS attacks, detecting and mitigating them at the network edge and blocking multi-vector DDoS attacks before they can wreak havoc.

For federal agencies, the one-two punch of Thunder SSLi and Thunder TPS are part of a defense in depth approach to application and network security.

If you’re at AFCEA Cyberspace Symposium and want to learn more, stop by the A10 booth (No. 46) in the exhibit hall. We’ll be there from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, and 7:30 to noon Thursday, Feb. 9. We hope to see you there.

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