Can your Organization Keep its Secrets?
What Everyone Ought to Do to Protect their Cryptographic Secrets
Are you protecting your cryptographic secrets?
Proper secrets management is complex and important to supporting the growth of your network, including cloud resources and IoT devices.
Diving into Secrets Management
We seek to empower you in three major areas of improvement - risk management, security operations and incident preparedness.
Can your Organization Keep its Secrets?
How good are you at keeping your organizations secrets?
This assessment helps you understand how cryptographic secrets are managed in your network and what you need to do to keep these secrets up-to-date and protected. You will examine how your cryptographic secrets architecture will contribute to your security strategy. You will review how effective secrets operations supports the growing number of devices your infrastructure requires. You discover why you should make managing machine devices a priority in your organization.
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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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