Financial services organizations fail to properly secure SSH keys

Secure Shell (SSH) provides a secure channel for communication over unsecured networks and is therefore a popular technology in the financial services sector.

But a new study for machine identity protection company Venafi shows that even though SSH keys provide the highest levels of administrative access, they are routinely untracked, unmanaged and poorly secured.

According to the findings 69 percent of respondents from the financial services industry admit they don’t actively rotate keys, even when an administrator leaves their organization. This allows the former employee the potential for ongoing privileged access to critical and sensitive systems.

“Cyber criminals can leverage compromised SSH keys to gain elevated access to servers and perform nefarious activities, all while remaining undetected,” says Nick Hunter, senior technical manager for Venafi. “In addition, they know that a single SSH key will often be copied across hundreds or

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