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SSL Decryption To Secure Data Centers

October 17, 2013 | By  

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While SSL certificates are an integral part of helping consumers transact with websites easily and make notified decisions, the risk of malware being distributed in encrypted form exists as well. The one and only way to put this issue under control is to decrypt files so that content in web mail or other data sharing solutions can be read before being approved. Randomly allowing every thing to pass through is not the best choice for data centers where millions of data files are being processed everyday. A security expert opines that even though this might sound more like the NSA where information and data packet will be accessed by people who are not supposed to read them, it is one necessary evil that we need at the moment to stop malware spreading. Viruses if gained access to an entire network has the capacity to bring down a whole data infrastructure if they are not identified at an early stage and obliterated.

Certificate authority plays a part in this area where they check the page signed by servers and assure that the client’s website can be trusted. Using SSL certificates is common among online merchants and services providers to secure customer privacy. A private key and public key are the two key elements of this verification process. Only when they match, a successful relationship will be established between the website’s server and the browser. Even though, this is considered safe in most scenarios, private companies or centers can’t rely on encrypted to be safe. The word encrypted refers to data that can’t be immediately read and requires authentication to do safe. That doesn’t mean malware developers or hackers could use the same technology to transit whatever they like to. The best way to put an end to this is to decrypt information wherever required and it is only a part of security solution but not privacy invasion.

NSS Labs report that enterprise networks should adopt SSL certificates decryption procedure because they are completely different from users who use a single computer. Security is important in these centers but a study also reveals that only one percent of total malware tries to enter the network in encrypted format. Most other continues to use the conventional e-mail, phishing and scam messages so as to corrupt the database. Spending time to read every encrypted message in order to find that one percent is considered a not so productive and expensive way but security matters in the end. Ongoing debate goes on for now.

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