SSL Decryption is critical to securing today’s enterprise networks due to the significant growth in applications & services using encrypted traffic. SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is an industry standard for transmitting secure data over the Internet. It is based on a system of trusted certificates issued by certificate authorities and recognized by servers. In recent years, SSL has evolved to the Transport Layer Security (TLS) standard.
Malware increasingly uses SSL/TLS sessions to hide, confident that security tools will neither inspect nor block its traffic. The very technology that makes the Internet secure can become a significant threat vector.
It is therefore essential to decrypt SSL/TLS traffic while respecting privacy controls. However, decrypting SSL/TLS traffic is extremely compute intensive. Therefore, a network security architecture that replicates SSL/TLS decryption creates performance bottlenecks in multiple security tools.