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David Cardwell

Client Solutions Advisor

David Cardwell is a client solutions advisor in Optiv’s major accounts team. In this role he specializes in aligning information security solutions that enable an organization to meet their current and future goals. Cardwell has more than thirteen years of experience in information security ranging from frontline support, consulting and security architecture.

 

What Is SSL Web Inspection and Where Should It Occur? (Part 3)

· By David Cardwell ·

In parts one and two of this blog series, I provided an overview of SSL web inspection, and dove deeper into how SSL inspection solutions work and metrics that can be put in place to measure effectiveness. In this third and final post of the blog series, I will discuss the benefits and downsides of SSL inspection, and how to put a plan in place for your organization.

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What Is SSL Web Inspection and Where Should It Occur? (Part 2)

· By David Cardwell ·

Hardware will vary between vendors and even different models within a vendor’s catalog. Some models/vendors will offload complex CPU tasks (decryption/encryption) to dedicated CPUs while some models/vendors will use software, but they rely on the same hardware that non-encrypted traffic shares. That being said, cloud content filtering solutions remove the need for sizing equipment to decrypt SSL traffic since the inspection is done within the provider’s environment.

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What Is SSL Web Inspection and Where Should It Occur? (Part 1)

· By David Cardwell ·

SSL inspection is the process of “proxying” a SSL session in order to decrypt the traffic and monitor/inspect it against various controls. Network traffic is increasingly going over encrypted channels, and the investments organizations have made in network security and monitoring solutions are becoming less and less effective since they can’t see inside an encrypted payload. Consequently, network and security teams are becoming increasingly more blind to what is on, coming into and leaving the network.

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