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Securing SDN and NFV: are you ready?

Cyber Attack Warning

Mary Meeker’s 2015 Internet trends report contains fascinating, broad reaching data about how the technologies that many of us are involved in developing is used and consumed. Compared to 2014, this year’s report devotes more attention to security: “Cyber Attacks: Growing in Size / Complexity / Risk”. Undoubtedly, the 2016 edition will likely provide even more insights. It’s not surprising considering some recent high profile security breaches.

Some interesting insights from Mary Meeker’s report: insider misuse is a significant source of breaches. It states that over 20% of breaches come directly from insiders with malicious intent. Include well-intentioned insiders, it’s easy to see how the majority of network performance issues or security vulnerabilities can be traced to configuration issues

Service providers have not been immune from cyber attacks either. And the security risks they face are only growing. Service providers are facing an unprecedented set of challenges as billions of IP connected devices are attaching to their networks, from all sorts of locations. New technologies such as SDN and NFV, and DevOps paradigms will create significant disruptions to security and network operations teams.

It’s one of the reasons why Nakina announced NI-DEFENDER, a Secure Network Auditing Platform. The solutions combines network and service configuration scanning, context-aware analytics, with role and attribute based identity access management. It can be used to protect today’s fixed and mobile networks, physical and virtual networks, and help operators support new NFV and SDN implementations.

NI-DEFENDER was recognized with two industry innovation awards this week and we will be showcasing the solution next week at LightReading’s Big Telecom Event . We’ll demonstrate how the solution can provide and assure security integrity across a typical heterogeneous mobile network, which includes the Titanium Server, a carrier-class NFV software platform, from our technology partner Wind River.

If you’re in Chicago, plan to stop by and meet the Nakina team and attend our panel discussion on June 10, hosted by Infonetic’s Michael Howard.

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