Not-for-profit organisation, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), that works to promote the best practices in cloud computing security, has announced the launch of a new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Initiative. The new project is to develop an architecture that will create highly secure and trusted end-to-end network across IP addressable entities, so that systems become resilient to network attacks.
With the rise of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), cloud computing and mobile environments, security is becoming a bigger concern. The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Initiative is the collaboration between a the largest cloud computing users within the CSA’s Enterprise User Council, and will provide a framework of security controls that can mitigate network-based attacks on Internet-accessible applications, i.e. not allowing access until users have been authorised and authenticated. Designed to complement Software Defined Networks (SDN), SDP will be able to traverse OSI layers to link applications and users using trusted networks and security models that have previously been thoroughly vetted.
Bob Flores, former CTO of the CIA and Chief Executive Officer of Applicology Inc., said: “It is critical to the future of cloud technology that it is demonstrably more secure than legacy IT systems. SDP is an important component to allow both cloud providers and customers to secure applications all the way from the back end to the consumer device, and we look forward to working with some of the world’s largest enterprises on its development.”
Jim Reavis, Executive Director of Cloud Security Alliance, added: “CSA is making this royalty-free research publicly available in order to catalyse the development of more secure clouds and BYOD deployments. Some of the largest brands and companies have agreed to participate in this initiative, and will be disclosed in the course of this initiative.”
The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) research working groups are now open for participation, collaboration and peer review.
By Allie Philpin