Does your story empower your security practice?
The first step to improving your cybersecurity program is to change your story!
Does your story fuel your security program?
Some of the signs that security managers are not getting through:
- Incidents due to employee error
- Cross functional teams not delivering on projects
- Personnel quitting your team
- Conflicts within the team
- An overwhelmed workforce
- Disengaged employees
- Not getting funding you critically need
Your story determines whether:

You will act on your goals
Your team will follow you
Your peers will support you
Your leadership team will fund you
Your customers will trust you
Storytelling is one of our most important tools. 
Most practitioners squander opportunities to define, compelling stories. They share a highly technical presentations that no one outside of the field understand - and they pay the price. They pay the price in terms of not being able to:

- fully protect their organizations;
- prepare their organizations for the security incidents they will face;
- properly lead their organization through incidents;
- guide their organizations in proper remediation or recovery.
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  How can 10-8 help you secure your secrets?

10-8 provides consulting and technical implementation services to expand your secrets management program to:

Assess secrets risk
Conduct infrastructure threat modeling
Define secret architecture (cloud, IoT, OT and IT)
Create a secrets management policy
Manage the secrets lifecycle
Lead incident preparedness exercises

  What is the secrets lifecycle?

The secrets lifecycle represent the processes to deploy, install, rotate, and replace secrets. The core asset of the secrets lifecycle are your certificate authorities.

To manually deploy a new certificate, an administrator must follow these steps: 
 1. Generate a new key pair. 

 2. Generate a certificate signing request (CSR). 

 3. Submit the CSR to a Certificate Authority (CA). 

 4. Retrieve the issued certificate and CA certificate chain from the CA. 

 5. Install the certificate and CA chain. 

 6. Configure the application, and often restart the application.

These processes are inherently error-prone and resource intensive. You may find it difficult to manually track the progress of complex, multi-step processes across multiple systems. Manual management of these processes give administrators direct access to private keys, which increases the possibility of private key compromise. 

  How do you secure secrets in your DevOps program?

An effective secrets management program provides developers the fastest, easiest way to provisions secure keys. Developers are often tempted to take shortcuts that undermine the effectiveness of cryptographic secrets program. Building a will managed program to support infrastructure-as-code and policy-as-code design patterns gives developers the speed they need to innovate — while staying within the policies established and supported by security and compliance.

  How do you manage secrets in the Cloud?

Cloud services, containers, microservices, service meshes, and container orchestration platforms rely on cryptographic secrets for secure machine-to-machine communication. These secrets need to be managed effectively to secure cloud workloads. The average life span of a container is one day. A virtual machine is about 15 days. Flexibility makes cloud computing valuable to businesses but also makes securing communication to, from, and within the cloud more complex. You can’t keep cloud communication private and secure without proper secrets management.

What are the types of cryptographic attacks that an organization should prepare for?

You must be prepared to respond quickly to increasing number of cryptographic threats. These many include:

Discovery of a device using a vulnerable algorithm
Exploitation of a cryptographic library vulnerability (such as Heartbleed)
Improper enrollment of a device by the registration authority
Compromise of the certificate authority

  How do you prevent breaches through proper secrets management?

Breaches can be prevented by automating the collection of cryptographic intelligence to quickly identify and respond to vulnerabilities or security events. Automated policy-enforcement and life cycle management ensure old keys, protocols and certificates are decommissioned.

  How do you avoid certificate related outages?

Outages can be eliminated by removing manual errors and automating the entire certificate life cycle to ensure cryptographic keys are renewed before they expire. Information on certificate location and ownership quickly target renewal requests with automated escalations.

  Should you secure your private keys in hardware security modules (HSMs)?

Most private keys are stored in files on the systems they secure. This makes them susceptible to compromise. To prevent these risks, you can use HSM solutions to generate, store, and access keys within the safe confines of a security-hardened appliance. Using HSMs also helps you simplify compliance because auditors understand their security benefits.
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