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Wednesday, January 8 • 9:30am - 10:00am
A Structural Approach to Modeling Encrypted Connections

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To weary network users, encryption provides privacy for data in transit. To network operators and security analysts, encryption hinders visibility. Breaking encryption and inspecting content can be costly and error prone.

By analyzing the lengths and ordering of encrypted data exchanged throughout a connection (i.e., signals that don't require breaking encryption) network monitoring systems can infer protocol state without parsing the content of the connection. By modeling a protocol's state transitions and overlaying that model on a connection's sequence of lengths (SOL), inferences can be made about how the protocol is being use. This provides a sort of compromise between privacy and visibility.

This presentation will explore how the concept of SOL can be applied to model encrypted protocols, including the SSH, SSL, and RDP protocols.

Attendees Will Learn:
Attendees will gain insights into a proven and scalable method for analyzing encrypted flows without breaking and inspecting their contents.

This talk is meant to expand the audience's understanding of techniques for summarizing network connections and approaches to encrypted traffic analysis. The mechanism of the SSH, SSL, and RDP protocols will be explored using both techniques.

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Anthony K

Technical Director, Corelight, Inc.
Anthony Kasza is a Technical Director for Corelight. At Corelight, Anthony is responsible for developing prototypes that provide insights into network activity. Prior to working at Corelight, Anthony was responsible for discovering new and tracking known threats, creating scalable... Read More →

Wednesday January 8, 2020 9:30am - 10:00am EST
Regency Ballroom Hyatt Regency Savannah 2 W. Bay Street Savannah GA 31401