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Wednesday, 12 November 2014 00:52

VIDEO: Venafi CISO in Australia, securing keys and certs against bad guys

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Venafi is a US based security company that secures and protects keys and certificates so they can’t be used by bad guys in cyber attacks.

Venafi CIO and CISO, Tammy Moskites, is in Australia to talk to its customers among the big banks and retail brands, and spoke at a lunch event to a range of journalists.

I was attending the Zuora event so missed the full lunch event, but was still able to organise a 1-on-1 interview with Tammy Moskites to get the low-down on what Venafi does, how it protects its customers and why attacks on trusted keys and certificates are a big risk.

Venafi’s website explains that ‘criminals want to gain trusted status and go undetected’, which makes ‘keys and certificates a prime target’.

The company warns that ‘criminals steal and compromise keys and certificates that are not properly protected, and use them to circumvent security controls’ and that, as such, ‘this has become the attack of choice.’

You can see my 1-on-1 chat with Tammy Moskites below!


We are also told that compromised keys and certificates is one of the most urgent and highest priority cybersecurity issues.

This is because compromised keys and certificates are undermining ‘data loss prevention, next-gen firewalls, strong authentication, sandboxing and other security systems.’

Venafi says it ‘finds all keys and certificates and puts them under surveillance to detect anomalies’, while ‘vulnerable keys and certificates are fixed to prevent attack’.

As ‘ongoing remediation is performed automatically’, the company says it ‘strengthens defences of today’s critical security controls.’

More info at Venafi’s site here and at the video above!


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Alex Zaharov-Reutt

Alex Zaharov-Reutt is iTWire's Technology Editor is one of Australia’s best-known technology journalists and consumer tech experts, Alex has appeared in his capacity as technology expert on all of Australia’s free-to-air and pay TV networks on all the major news and current affairs programs, on commercial and public radio, and technology, lifestyle and reality TV shows. Visit Alex at Twitter here.

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