Baan Alsinawi Discusses Mismanaged Keys & Digital Certificates

Baan Alsinawi, Managing Director at Cerberus Sentinel, confirms the findings of a recent report on Mismanaged Key & Digital Certificates

Expert on Report: Mismanaged Key & Digital Certificates

By Security Experts

February 13, 2020

Our assessments of various clients and government agencies confirm these findings. Add that NIST requires FIPS 140-2 encryption, and you add another layer of complexity and confusion to long term management of the various SSL keys, self signed certifictes, PKI if used. Changing the keys upon expiration mostly takes people by surprise since they are not prepared and suddenly critical functions are not accessible. i will add also the risk of using same keys for the primary data source and the backups. it is advised to use one key for primary and separate key for the backups to protect from risk of ransomware and ability to recover if your primary data source was compromised. all security standards have specific controls that are designed to audit and test the key management aspects of organizations such as NIST Cybersecurity Framework, ISO etc. Managing the risk should be included in an overall risk management strategy integrated into COOP and Disaster recovery, incident response and several other key aspects of a comprehensive risk management strategy.”

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