As more and more encrypted traffic is created to protect data in transit, many of today’s security tools are running blind.
SSL/TLS enables businesses to communicate securely with customers and partners. More and more organizations are protecting not just their business services, but all communication from email and social media to streaming video—including outbound—with SSL/TLS.
The challenge is that SSL/TLS can also function as a tunnel that attackers use to hide malware from security devices. And while your next-gen firewall watches users, your IDS/IPS knows thousands of vulnerabilities, and your Sandbox can find 0-days, they don’t see into encrypted SSL/TLS traffic.
Enterprise security solutions must gain visibility into this encrypted traffic to make sure it doesn’t bring malware into the network. Enter: SSL/TLS decryption.
Application Security in the Changing Risk Landscape
SSL/TLS traffic inspection is enabled in less than half of all network security appliances, with a
large number of these solutions blind to malware flowing past them in this encrypted traffic.1
Traditional security gateways, network firewalls, and intrusion prevention system (IPS) appliances have SSL decryption capabilities, but most organizations don’t have the right architecture in place to enable it holistically. And because SSL/TLS changes over time, your architecture would have to be maintained and upgraded to stay ahead of new threats.
With F5 as the strategic point of control in your network, you’ll get unique levels of visibility into encrypted traffic minus the pitfalls of competing firewall decryption solutions. Here are a few things that set us apart:
F5 security solutions manage SSL to give you better performance and effectiveness across your security stack. And because F5’s high performance SSL/TLS stack is custom-built over 15 years, F5 customers aren’t typically vulnerable to OpenSSL flaws like Heartbleed.
1IDC Report: The Blind State of Rising SSL Traffic
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