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US Public Sector

State sponsored attackers, criminal organizations and malicious insiders pose a serious threat to federal, state and local agencies.

To better manage risk, US federal, state and local agencies need to not only implement ubiquitous encryption – but also control access to mission critical systems, continuously monitor their networks and meet stringent compliance requirements. Unmanaged encryption keys and poor access controls leave the door wide open for malicious insiders and external attackers to gain access to your most sensitive information assets. Couple that with a lack of monitoring in your encrypted networks and it is easy to see why attackers are creating new, more advanced ways to exploit your agency’s encrypted environment.

Encryption alone is not enough to protect your data

Secure Shell technology is the gold standard for data-in-transit encryption and is widely deployed in in organizations around the world. Secure Shell is the preferred method for organizations serious about both protecting their data in transit and access to critical information assets. But encryption alone is not enough.

CONTROL WHO HAS ACCESS TO WHAT. Government agencies are required to control who has access to what inside their environment. Recent high profile breaches have shown just how much damage an attacker with compromised encryption key can do. To manage the risk, federal agencies need to implement a full-lifecycle key management solution for the Secure Shell infrastructure. This will empower security teams to centrally control Secure Shell key deployment, rotation and removal as well as continuously monitor the environment for any rogue keys.

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CONTINUOUS MONITORING OF ENCRYPTED NETWORKS FOR BETTER RISK MANAGEMENT. Continuous monitoring is a critical component of a solid risk management framework. Unfortunately, for most organizations encrypted networks are a major blind spot that makes visibility into Secure Shell, SFTP and RDP traffic impossible. That makes it hard for security operations and forensics teams to detect, respond and remediate if an exploit were to occur. It is also a back door around your firewalls and enables both compromised identities and malicious insiders to cloak their actions.

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PROTECT AGAINST ADVANCED PERSISTENT THREATS (APTs). APTs pose a major security risk to federal, state and local agencies. In an APT scenario and attacker will specifically target an organization looking for any holes in the agency’s security architecture. Because encrypted networks typically grant access to the most sensitive information the agency has, being able to take advantage of a compromised authentication key would likely mean gaining access to a large amount of highly valuable data.

Download the IDC Report on Secure Shell Access Controls