SOURCE: Venafi


August 03, 2011 12:30 ET

Media Advisory: During Black Hat USA 2011 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV, Joe Skehan, Director of Product and Customer Research, Venafi, Will Present "SSH as the Next Back Door. Are You Giving Hackers Root Access?"

SALT LAKE CITY, UT and LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - (Black Hat USA 2011) - Venafi, the inventor and market leader in Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions, is advising all Black Hat 2011 attendees -- IT security media, analysts, enterprises and government agencies included -- that Joe Skehan, Director of Product and Customer Research, will be presenting during the Turbo Talks session:

SSH as the next back door. Are you giving hackers root access? -- SSH encryption keys are broadly leveraged to secure communication technology used for admin, root-level access into mission critical systems (firewalls, routers, switches, Unix, Linux, etc.) as well as for automated machine-to-machine operations in corporations and governments alike. Most organizations don't track or manage the SSH keys used to encrypt communications and authenticate systems and users, exposing them to vulnerabilities. Without concise information about the account and system access made possible by these keys, organizations are at risk of unauthorized access to sensitive data and systems. This session will address common and best practices for managing SSH encryption and authentication keys in enterprise environments.

  • Who: Joe Skehan, Director of Product and Customer Research, Venafi
  • What: Presenting SSH as the next back door. Are you giving hackers root access?
  • When: Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011, during a series of 20-minute Turbo Talks between 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. PDT.
  • Where: Black Hat USA 2011, Caesars Palace, Track 6: Turbo Talks in Florentine Room, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV, 89109

About Skehan
Joe Skehan is Director of Product and Customer Research at Venafi. In this capacity, Skehan performs quantitative and qualitative research to direct the development and direction of Venafi products and security best-practices. In this capacity, he interacts extensively with customers, industry, press and analyst groups and participates in cross-functional initiatives. Prior to Venafi, Skehan worked at Novell where he was responsible for driving the Identity Management and Configuration Management product lines. Skehan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electronics Engineering.

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Venafi is the inventor of and market leader in Enterprise Key and Certificate Management (EKCM) solutions. Venafi delivered the first enterprise-class platform to automate the provisioning, discovery, monitoring and management of digital certificates and encryption keys -- from the desktop to the datacenter -- built specifically for encryption management interoperability across heterogeneous environments. Venafi products reduce the unquantified and unmanaged risks associated with encryption deployments that result in data breaches, security audit failures and unplanned system outages. Venafi also publishes best practices for effective key and certificate management at Venafi customers include the world's most prestigious Global 2000 organizations in financial services, insurance, high tech, telecommunications, aerospace, healthcare and retail. Venafi is backed by top-tier venture capital funds, including Foundation Capital, Pelion Venture Partners and Origin Partners. For more information, visit

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