Applications across all platforms use cryptography to secure data at rest and in motion. Cryptographic keys play an essential part in encrypting and decrypting the data. The cryptographic algorithm is analogous to a vault, and the keys are equivalent to the combination of a safe. The length of the combination here represents the length of the key (Ex, 128 bit, 256 bit), so the longer the combination, the more challenging it is to brute force.
But cybercriminals today are not trying to break into the vault. They are focused on stealing the combination, i.e., your encryption key. And most enterprises are highly vulnerable to key-focussed attacks for two big reasons:
- Poor implementations of encryption that don’t account for hostile environments
- Poor practices lead to key exposure when storing and using keys