Encrypted traffic accounts for a large and growing percentage of all internet traffic. While the adoption of Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), and its successor, Transport Layer Security (TLS), should be cause for celebration – as encryption improves confidentiality and message integrity – these protocols also put your organization at risk as they create encrypted blind spots that hackers can use to conceal their exploits from security devices that are unable to inspect SSL/TLS traffic.
The threat of SSL/TLS blind spots is a serious one. According to a Ponemon survey1, legacy security infrastructure is not built to take care of these evolved, hidden attacks, and almost two out of three organizations1 are not able to decrypt and inspect their SSL/TLS traffic.
To stop cyberattacks, you need to gain insight into encrypted data; to gain insight into encrypted data, you need a dedicated security platform that can decrypt SSL/TLS traffic and send it to the security stack for inspection in cleartext. This paper describes six features to consider when evaluating an SSL/TLS inspection platform. With this information, you will be able to easily define evaluation criteria and avoid common deployment pitfalls.
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