Critical Role of Keys and Certificates in Security

Venafi posted a recent Forbes article that linked to this presentation at RSA on the critical role that digital keys and certificates play in securing networks.  The typical company relies on close to 24,000 keys and certificates.  Gaining access to a single key or certificate can compromise the security of multiple organizations because internal controls typically trust these without additional inspection.  As the Forbes article explains:

Digital certificates and encryption keys form the backbone of security and privacy online. When those certificates and keys are poorly managed, however, it puts the network and data at risk. Actually, the risk is even greater than if you had no keys and certificates at all, because having them creates a false sense of confidence. The existence of the keys and certificates provides an illusion of security that can make it even easier for attackers to exploit poorly managed keys and certificates.

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Brian Ray
Professor Brian Ray has extensive experience in eDiscovery, information governance and data privacy. He and Candice Hoke created and serve as Co-Directors of the Center for Cybersecurity and Data Privacy at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, where they are Professors of Law. Brian co-founded, with Tim Opsitnick of Jurinnov, the Cleveland eDiscovery Roundtable, an informal group of lawyers, judges and academics that meets monthly to discuss issues surrounding electronic discovery, cybersecurity and data privacy issues. Professor Ray is a member of the Sedona Conference's International Electronic Information Management, Discovery and Disclosure and Data Security and Privacy Liability Working Groups. Professor Ray also is an expert in international and comparative law. His book, Engaging with Social Rights: Participation, Procedure and Democracy in South Africa's Second-Wave (forthcoming Cambridge 2016) provides a comprehensive analysis of the South African Constitutional Court's social rights decisions. He has served as a Fulbright Scholar in South Africa and has published extensively on the law of human rights.

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