Security Leaders Must Address Threats From Rising SSL Traffic

Archived Published: 09 December 2013 ID: G00258176

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SSL encryption provides confidentiality for the encapsulated traffic but weakens enterprise defense-in-depth efficiency, exposing endpoints and DMZ servers to threats from outbound and inbound traffic. This research will help enterprise security leaders to create a traffic decryption strategy.

Table of Contents

  • Analysis
  • Impacts and Recommendations
    • An increasing share of enterprise network traffic is encrypted, creating gaps in defense-in-depth effectiveness that security leaders should not ignore
    • Complex sets of laws and regulations on privacy, along with a high risk of conflict with employees, kill most security leaders' outbound Web traffic decryption projects
      • Decrypting Traffic
      • Employee Surveillance
      • Data Retention
      • Prepare for Environment Changes
    • Security leaders face limited technology choices for enterprise network traffic decryption, and these solutions often induce high costs and poor user experience
      • Decrypting Traffic Has Multiple Effects on the Enterprise Network
      • Mitigation Techniques Exist but Are Not Yet Mature
  • Gartner Recommended Reading
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