With the importance of zero-trust solutions, experts recommend enterprises to reimagine their cryptography solutions for better security
The role of cryptography has changed course after two decades. Leaving behind strong perimeters, organizations are deploying zero-trust solutions to keep threat actors at bay. While challenges are aplenty, from BYOD to IT infrastructure in multiple data centers and clouds, the main problem is that the cryptographic space is severely fragmented.
Security solutions utilize cryptography for the most common needs, but other methods and protocols can be leveraged to authenticate devices and protect identity or data. Experts state that there are organizations that possess multiple points and siloed solutions, which are not flexible and convenient.
They cause a lack of visibility, high deployment expenses, and considerable management pain. Apart from implementing hybrid hardware and software solutions, there are a few transitions that CISOs should understand as cryptographic infrastructure is in direct need of modernization.
The modern solutions should support collaborative environments and be transparent. A technological approach might be the answer to deliver a software key store with guaranteed security despite legacy hardware.
IT experts strongly recommend protecting cryptographic keys and secrets by scattering them in different places. It will force hackers to try and infiltrate multiple systems. A single point of security breach can then be avoided, frustrating threat actors.
How can a solution carry out the security solution without holding the key? Secure Multiparty Computation (MPC) or threshold cryptography can split the key into shares, which are then strategically placed in different servers and devices.
A new platform-based approach is recommended to secure enterprise infrastructure that can create a mesh of all key stores and provide on-demand services at the edge. The platform will be able to virtualize those key stores and run a layer of abstraction, delivering the cryptographic solutions to the devices in any environment.
Experts reckon that these solutions will allow enterprises to choose from their own features and capabilities at will, according to their business needs.
With legacy key protection and management being compromised due to different environments that possess many solutions, a unified approach is necessary. One platform that can support all cryptographic solutions from all available environments is more beneficial. Additionally, it could provide integrated key protection and management.
While legacy key protection only focuses on key theft problems, CISOs must add key misuse into their key protection solution. These solutions might be inflexible and time-consuming as cryptography standards are always changing. Necessary updates must be done simultaneously, and reimagining cryptographic infrastructure can support agility. With agility comes faster processing. Security teams will be able to offer on-demand, immediate cryptographic internal services and stay on par with business needs.
With the benefits of the cloud economy, transforming the fragmented cryptography infrastructure into a unified solution will bring efficiency and better security, improved user experience, all at lower costs. What’s more, for any problem, another point solution can be added to increase the fragmented space. Industry leaders are calling modernized cryptography to be the next new phase of technological advancements.