Government Investigations of a Breach: When Machine Identity Protection Fails
What was the biggest breach in 2017? How did it happen? Regulators in the U.S. and U.K. have released a detailed analysis, highlighting how a failure in Machine Identity Protection enabled this complex, lengthy, hidden attack. A single untracked, unmanaged digital certificate was left to expire and became the foundation of this attack. Certificates authenticate machine identities for trusted machine-to-machine connections and, when compromised, create a gaping hole in an otherwise well-layered defense.