Fraud Management & Cybercrime , Malware as-a-Service , Network Firewalls, Network Access Control

Orchestrating SSL Visibility

Kevin Stewart of F5 Networks on How to Orchestrate a New Defense
Orchestrating SSL Visibility
Kevin Stewart, F5 Networks
Kevin Stewart, CISSP; F5 Networks Security Architect
Kevin Stewart, CISSP
F5 Networks Security Architect

The good news for security leaders: Because of SSL/TLS, nearly every bit of web data in transit is now encrypted. The bad news: Threat actors are now masking their attacks inside of encrypted traffic. Kevin Stewart of F5 Networks explains why network visibility is not enough to detect these attacks.

Stewart, a security solutions architect, explains the new dynamic from the attacker's perspective:

"If I'm a malware author and I needed to bypass any of those ever-advancing security controls to infect some target, wouldn't it just make sense for me to do infiltration via TLS, where I'm less likely to be discovered?" Stewart says. "[Within encrypted traffic] is where the malware is going to go because it's where it is least likely to be discovered."

In an interview about SSL visibility, Stewart discusses:

  • The new wave of disguised attacks;
  • Why visibility is insufficient security;
  • How orchestration offers new defensive options.

Kevin Stewart is a security solutions architect at F5 Networks.

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