This week at The New IP news desk, security was top of mind as Light Reading wrapped up its annual Carrier Network Security Strategies event in New York City where AT&T's Ed Amoroso, chief security officer, delivered the opening keynote and spoke about what security looks like for virtualized networks.
Security in a New IP world will look a lot like a botnet, said Amoroso at the event. Reported Carol Wilson, Light Reading's editor-at-large, in AT&T's Amoroso: Build Botnets of Security: "As telecom adopts virtualization and begins delivering applications and services in new ways, security has to adapt as well, he noted, and one way to do that is to apply the security needed on a per-app or per-workload basis, at the time the virtual network functions are being assembled... A virtualized security landscape with its micro-segments of security, being controlled at a higher layer of the network, looks very much like a botnet, 'and that gets an A-plus on my test,' Amoroso said."
Also from the event, Facebook 's Chris Bream, director of information security policy and risk, shed light on its expanding ThreatExchange platform. The ThreatExchange Index allows companies and organizations to share data on malware and other threats they have come across, but control which people they share it with. Dan Jones, mobile editor at Light Reading, wrote that Bream said the company has applied its "social graph" technology to the security offering. "To the best of my knowledge, that's pretty unique," he said. (See Facebook Opens Up the Security Armor.)
On the supplier front, also this week Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) announced a new software release for its SDN platform, called the Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Among the benefits of the new release are multi-site policy coordination, simplified service chaining to produce higher-level services and applications and integration of Docker containers through open source work to which Cisco is contributing, writes Wilson on Light Reading.
In addition, ACI can now provide micro-segmentation support for VMware Inc. (NYSE: VMW) VDS, Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Hyper-V virtual switch and bare-metal applications. Srinivas Kotamraju, director of product management for ACI, says this is important to service providers because it lets them set "specific security policies at a very granular level" and isolate virtual machines based on a variety of attributes for security purposes. (See Cisco Upgrades SDN Security, Flexibility.)
In the who's who of New IP, CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) announced this week that Jared Wray and Jonathan King are leaving the company. Both were key figures in leading the service provider through its New IP transformation and in fact, Wray was a leader in CenturyLink's effort to build a cloud-based network infrastructure and deliver services using Agile development and dev-ops. King is headed to Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) where he will head up cloud strategy. No word yet on where Wray will land. (See CenturyLink Denies Exec Exits Signal Strategy Shift and CenturyLink's King Lands on Ericsson Cloud.)
And finally, on the Internet of Things (IoT) side, Hewlett Packard Enterprise released the first products as part of a new IoT initiative called Edgeline. The two gateway products allow customers to manage and analyze data from IoT devices at the edge of the network instead of in data centers with the goal of helping organizations access data and gain insights more efficiently than is possible using data center technologies. They were developed in partnership with Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC) and have been certified to run Microsoft Azure software. (See HPE Takes IoT to the Edge.)
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.