SSL traffic increasing says Blue Coat Systems

Interesting to read that IT security vendor Blue Coat Systems claims that SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) traffic now represents a sizeable amount of WAN traffic and also predicts the level will rise in 2007.

Blue Coat bases its analysis on a survey that shows 35 per cent major organisations believe that SSL-encrypted traffic represents at least 25 per cent of all data flowing across their WANs.

The irony of this is that these organisations clearly believe that SSL is a secure application.

Sorry guys it isn't, as Blue Coat uses technology from a firm called Broadcom to decrypt up to 400 SSL sessions in real time.

This little snippet was revealed to me at the Infosecurity Show in London last year - by Blue Coat.

I later confirmed the story with Broadcom. Blue Coat doesn't give company punters the ability to decrypt the SSL sessions themselves, you'll be pleased to hear - it's part of a advisory service the firm offers to major corporates who are worried what is happening on their network.

So there you go - perfectly safe then...

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