More than 70% of websites now use SSL encryption. The Google Transparency Report statistics below show a very rapid rise in adoptions of HTTPS for Chrome browser users worldwide.
Unfortunately, the security provided by SSL/TLS is also misused to attack applications by injecting malicious content and hide malware. SSL is also being used to facilitate data leakage from within an organization. HTTPS floods are now frequently used in many DDoS attack campaigns.
A Double Edged Sword
As more and more
applications and websites use end-to-end encryption and adopt HTTP/S and TLS
1.3, the ability to inspect traffic has become an important element of the
security posture. However, the encryption of traffic has made visibility
Most DDoS mitigation services do not actually inspect SSL traffic, as doing so would require decrypting the traffic. Gaining visibility to SSL/TLS traffic also requires extensive server resources. Mitigating SSL attacks thus poses several challenges, including the burden of implementing encryption and decryption mechanisms at every point where traffic needs to be inspected.
Encryption and decryption at many different points in the traffic data path not only adds latency to the traffic, but is also expensive and problematic to scale.
However, despite all the
challenges, SSL/TLS remain the standards for ensuring secure communications and
commerce on the web.
In order to detect any application security issues before your customers experience them, it is essential to have an end-to-end monitoring capability that provides actionable insights and alerts through visualization.
As application delivery controllers are deployed at the intersection of the network and applications, ADCs can act in conjunction with your edge protection solutions to detect and mitigate an encrypted security attack or prevent leakage of proprietary information.
Even though you may be protected by the most
advanced firewall technology, your existing security mechanisms may still fail
to see into encrypted SSL/TLS traffic. You should deploy enterprise security
solutions that enhances your existing security posture to gain visibility into
the encrypted traffic and prevent encrypted attacks on your organization.
Read “Flexibility Is The Name of the Game” to learn more.
Prakash Sinha is a technology executive and evangelist for Radware and brings over 29 years of experience in strategy, product management, product marketing and engineering. Prakash has been a part of executive teams of four software and network infrastructure startups, all of which were acquired. Before Radware, Prakash led product management for Citrix NetScaler and was instrumental in introducing multi-tenant and virtualized NetScaler product lines to market. Prior to Citrix, Prakash held leadership positions in architecture, engineering, and product management at leading technology companies such as Cisco, Informatica, and Tandem Computers. Prakash holds a Bachelor in Electrical Engineering from BIT, Mesra and an MBA from Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from Radware Blog authored by Prakash Sinha. Read the original post at: https://blog.radware.com/applicationdelivery/2019/09/visibility-do-you-know-whats-in-your-network/