SSL Decryption How, When, and Why

Contributed by Brian May
decryption should be deployed in your enterprise environment, next generation firewalls (NGFW) must first be explained. In short a NGFW is a network appliance that packages together multiple security functions that range from firewall, IPS/IDS,
URL filtering, spam filtering, antivirus, anti-spyware, VPN gateway, etc. The key feature that separates NGFW from legacy port based firewalls is that the network
traffic is inspected at the application layer. Traditional port based firewalls could only apply security policies based on source, destination, and common port or port range. NGFW can identify applications such as DNS, Facebook, Teamviewer, or
Netflix and apply policy to the identified application or group of applications based on the organizations network acceptable use policy.
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