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How Next-Generation Security Is Redefining The Cloud
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User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 1:21:58 PM
Re: Is this happening now?
@Rick - You're right IoT is going to become a pretty big topic moving forward. Just look at the Tesla as an example. You have a center console built on an Android platform. 

With a few "modifications" you can pretty much start launching apps on it (like Windows applications). 

Data integrity, cloud security, and having a solid virtual infrastructure are all critical pieces to creating the next-gen cloud platform. 

Next-generation security revolves around our capability to better secure a very diverse cloud environment. This will mean the combination of virtual and physical technologies. As I mentioned earlier - you can have a physical appliance running 30-40 virtual machines all running a different type of security service. 
Bill Kleyman
Bill Kleyman,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/16/2014 | 1:16:00 PM
Re: Is the hypervisor a future seat of security?
@Charlie - Next-gen security will show up in all sorts of forms. It will be physical and it will be virtual.

Phsyical appliances will still sit at the gateway. The big difference is that they'll be capable of also acting as security hypervisors. They'll be able to process a massive amount of information by leveraging hardware resources while using virtual security machines to process, quantify and secure data.

The future spells for a much more interconnected cloud environment. This means that more information will be passed through the modern data center. Already we're seeing security platforms like the Citrix NetScaler or Juniper Security products make a direct impact on security and security virtualization. 
User Rank: Author
7/16/2014 | 1:11:21 PM
Re: Is this happening now?
@Marilyn - Great question! I'll give you an easy example -- Heartbleed. 

A really good friend of mine, working as a security professional at a large enterprise, told me how he was impacted by Heartbleed. Although they had vulnerable services, their IPS/IDS solution spotted the bots and alerted the engineers to shut down services which were being impacted. Although they still released a bulletin to alert their users, the ramifications were much smaller. Virtual security appliances can be application firewalls, virtual firewalls or just security services running within your infrastructure. These powerful agents can create a very good proactive system capable of advanced security monitoring.
User Rank: Ninja
7/15/2014 | 10:08:00 AM
Re: Is the hypervisor a future seat of security?
Agree. It has to be different  because of the fact that threats on the cloud are generally different than on your SME business network.
User Rank: Ninja
7/15/2014 | 10:05:58 AM
Re: Is this happening now?
Layered approaches are always better than non-layered approaches. We have to assume that the control we put in place will not protect us, what do we need to do next?
User Rank: Ninja
7/15/2014 | 10:05:05 AM
Re-inventing security

I agree with the article. We may have better infrastructure but amount of breaches is increasing exponentially every year for both security and privacy. That tells us we are not ahead of the game, bad guys has better control over it. We have to re-think our security controls and reinvent new ways protecting ourselves.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/14/2014 | 7:25:09 PM
Re: Is this happening now?
I'd suggest this SlideShare by Mike Kail, VP of IT Operations at Netflix:


They are moving their IT operations completely out of the data center and into AWS, including SOX apps like payroll and accounting. That means:

* No more Active Directory

* No more "trust the perimeter" (aka "crunchy exterior with soft chewy center") approach to security

* Zero trust between internal services

* Layered authorization internally, both for end-user auth and for access to services (ssh, service-to-service authorization)

User Rank: Apprentice
7/14/2014 | 6:20:58 PM
Re: Is this happening now?
I'm also interested in a specific example of next-gen security. Bill makes a good point that with so many advances in the cloud, big data, IoT, it's time for security to become more dynamic as well. 
Charlie Babcock
Charlie Babcock,
User Rank: Ninja
7/14/2014 | 3:53:11 PM
Is the hypervisor a future seat of security?
Bill is onto something; security in the cloud will be different. But I can't quite tell where he thinks the differences will show up and in what form? For example, I would think an inspection engine as part of the virtual machine hypervisor would be in order as a key vantage point.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
7/14/2014 | 1:34:52 PM
Is this happening now?
Interesting food for thought, Bill. But is this happning now? Can you paint us a picture with some real-world examples of how "the" cloud or "a" has been redefined by next gen security?

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