2/14/2018
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Encrypted Attacks Continue to Dog Perimeter Defenses

Attacks using SSL to obfuscate malicious traffic finding fertile ground for growth.



Image Source: Adobe Stock (tippapatt)

Image Source: Adobe Stock (tippapatt)

Traditional perimeter defenses are having a hard enough time keeping up with the dynamic nature of cloud and mobile connections with corporate assets. Attackers are further working to diminish the efficacy of defenses like firewalls, IPS devices, and UTM appliances with their own bag of tricks.

One of the top-growing techniques today is the use of SSL encryption to hide malicious traffic in plain sight. SSL attacks aren't new, but according to recent figures they continue on an upward trajectory of prevalence as the bad guys find them extremely useful to get around perimeter protections. 

Here's a look at this trend.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

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