Targeted cyber-attacks are steadily increasing, and business executives face challenges with trust exploits. While organizations adopt cloud computing and allow employee-owned devices onto the network, the challenge of securing company data everywhere increases exponentially.
When it comes to advanced persistent threats (APTs), bad actors will take advantage of any and every exploit that they can use to steal your data, and look for the weakest link in your security systems. Common, well-known trust exploits like digitally signed malware, poor key and certificate security, fraudulent certificates and SSH keys and weak outdated cryptographic methods are all still in place in many organizations.
Cybercriminals and nation-backed operators have successfully used unsecured keys and certificates to breach trust on enterprise and government agency systems on repeated occasion. Most global organizations have no ability to detect anomalies or to respond to attacks on trust that leverage compromised, stolen or fabricated keys and certificates.
Because of these deficiencies, enterprises are “sitting ducks” according to a recent Forrester Consulting report. Organizations need to gain control over trust and plug the gap related to key and certificate-based exploits.