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3/6/2017
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Terry Sweeney
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7 Hot Security Terms (and Buzzwords) to Know

How the security industry has a conversation with itself is constantly changing and the latest terms as well as buzzwords point us to where the technology is heading.
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Micro-services

Micro-services wasn't on everybody's lips at RSAC, but this offshoot of software development that's used in service-oriented architecture (SOA) could transform security on multiple levels. In a nutshell, micro-services decouples the kernel, the operating system, and the application language from one another. Tools like Docker allow developers to perform this software slight-of-hand and yet still create code that runs.

Why should security professionals care? Encryption vendors like Thales e-Security foresee each of these levels of software (kernel, OS, application) not just being decoupled but also encrypted. That sort of innovation, if it can be made to work and properly scale, would seriously complicate the job of hacking and writing malware, explains Sol Cates, vice president of technology strategy at Thales.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Bob Blaylock

Micro-services

Micro-services wasn't on everybody's lips at RSAC, but this offshoot of software development that's used in service-oriented architecture (SOA) could transform security on multiple levels. In a nutshell, micro-services decouples the kernel, the operating system, and the application language from one another. Tools like Docker allow developers to perform this software slight-of-hand and yet still create code that runs.

Why should security professionals care? Encryption vendors like Thales e-Security foresee each of these levels of software (kernel, OS, application) not just being decoupled but also encrypted. That sort of innovation, if it can be made to work and properly scale, would seriously complicate the job of hacking and writing malware, explains Sol Cates, vice president of technology strategy at Thales.

Image Source: Wikimedia Commons, courtesy of Bob Blaylock

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3/8/2017 | 3:30:56 PM
Re: Cyber Terms
No, just trying to get temrmnology straight in my mind in the context of security. Thanks. 
T Sweeney
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T Sweeney,
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3/8/2017 | 1:29:02 PM
Re: Cyber Terms
Correct, @tcritchkley07... I used firewalls as just one example of compartmentalization. But the term could also apply to the bucketize slide or the micro-services slide as well, which both try to create similar boundaries in the name of better security.

Was there a specific application of compartmentalization you were thinking of?
tcritchley07
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3/8/2017 | 12:16:25 PM
Cyber Terms
Isn't compartmentalization the same as the more modern 'segmentation' of various entities, not just firewall traffic?
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3/7/2017 | 1:55:44 PM
Re: To Buzzword #7 - Compartmentalization
Thanks, stormrunner2... what Fortinet's doing seems to track closely with this intelligent segmentation trend we're seeing from various vendors and startups.
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3/6/2017 | 7:13:32 PM
To Buzzword #7 - Compartmentalization
Have you looked at companies like Fortinet and ISFW (Internal Segmentation Firewall) solution?  They have been running at 100Gb speeds for a couple of years now.  And announced a 1Tb throughput firewall in Jan-2017 (https://www.fortinet.com/corporate/about-us/newsroom/press-releases/2017/the-worlds-first-terabit-firewall-appliance-ngfw.html).

Does this not solve the usability issue of mantaining LAN speeds with Layer-7 inspection services?
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