Why is cryptography suddenly becoming such a big topic? Let’s face it. Cryptography has been at the core of every secure transaction since the dawn of the Internet — unassuming and low profile, it has been working its security magic all the way from hardware to apps. Public key cryptography, to be more exact, ensures the authentication and identity of all transactions and participants in the digital world — every modern business depends on it every second. Yet, we know that organizations don’t have a good handle on the location of all the cryptography deployed throughout their infrastructure, or how healthy it is. The reason is simple — for the most part cryptography has never been in the limelight, something that needed special attention. Aside from symmetric key management systems (those that encrypt databases), cryptography has been one of those unmanaged technology buckets that have been taken for granted. Buckle up, as that is about to drastically change...
This brings us to the buzz around crypto agility and the main reason that is driving it: the looming quantum threat. The question is not whether it will render the “classic” public key cryptography obsolete, but what each enterprise will do about it when the new public key cryptographic standards are released as soon as next year - in 2022 - by NIST. This massive crypto migration is inevitable and cannot be conveniently swept under the my-successor's-problem rug.
With all this trickling up to the board level, some organizations have already elevated the importance of cryptographic health with the creation of cryptographic centers of excellence (CCoE). But what do enterprises really need to know now? Why is it so important for enterprises to be aware of their cryptographic assets? And how can they make the case to the C-Suite for more funding and resources for better cryptographic management?
Here are 10 reasons why prioritizing cryptographic management is critical:
I addressed this topic in my recent Quantum.Tech presentation, Understanding the Current State of the Art in Securing Your Networks from Quantum Threats, held earlier this year.
Do you need help making the case to your C-Suite for more resources for your cryptographic management efforts? Do you need help with your enterprise’s cryptographic management? Here at ISARA, we provide crypto-agile and future-proofing solutions to help organizations in all industries protect their mission-critical assets now and in the future.
The three steps to cryptographic management. Source: ISARA.