Authored on: Aug 13, 2014
SSL decryption and inspection keeps attackers away from your data and out of your network. Today between 25 and 35 percent of enterprise traffic is secured using the secure sockets layer (SSL) protocol, according to NSS Labs. In some vertical industries SSL traffic comprises as much as 70 percent of network traffic. This is expected, since SSL is commonly used for everything from e-commerce to online banking. More recently, however, cybercriminals have started using SSL to hide their attacks.
That turn of events has CIOs and other security professionals looking to SSL decryption and inspection technologies to improve enterprise security and reduce risk. Given that SSL threats are likely to increase, it's more important than ever for businesses to consider purchasing next-generation firewalls with outstanding protection and high-performance results. Organizations must carefully assess the level of risk they're willing to take when it comes to SSL attacks and choose security offerings that can mitigate the most risks. After all, you can stop only the attacks that you can see, and a good NGFW lets you block SSL-encrypted attacks as they happen.