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Software Defined Data Centers and Security–What’s in a Name?

by Neil MacDonald  |  January 29, 2013  |  2 Comments

Last fall, I wrote a research note for Gartner clients titled “The Impact of Software-Defined Data Centers on Information Security” that explored the impact of software defined infrastructure on security – and the evolution of information security infrastructure to become software-defined itself. Today, I saw that NetCitadel had announced an offering in this emerging space […]

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Getting Ready for Gartner’s 2012 Infrastructure & Operations and Information Security Summits

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 21, 2012  |  Comments Off

I’ve been absent from my typical blogging routine getting my material finalized for two Gartner upcoming US-based summits in June 2012. The first is Gartner’s Infrastructure and Operations Management Summit being held in Orlando the week of June 4th. This conference is focused on infrastructure and operations solutions for managing desktops, servers, and mobile devices […]

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Intrusion Prevention Systems? We Need Intrusion Resilient Systems

by Neil MacDonald  |  February 3, 2012  |  1 Comment

I’ve blogged before about advanced threats that easily bypass our traditional protection mechanisms and reside undetected for extended periods of time on our systems. On one of the panels I moderated on APTs, Dave Merkel from Mandiant put it best. “You are compromised, get over it”. Others in the US Government have come to the […]

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US Symposium Summary from a Security Perspective

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 24, 2011  |  1 Comment

Last week I attended Gartner’s US Symposium conference in Orlando. With 8,000+ attendees (25% of which were CIOs) and at least 1,000 more analysts, vendors and support staff, you can imagine it was quite a scene. In addition to three presentations, I had more than 30 fantastic one on ones with attendees over the four […]

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Next-gen Context Aware Intrusion Prevention

by Neil MacDonald  |  October 13, 2011  |  Comments Off

Context-aware security is the use of supplemental information to improve security decisions at the time the decision is made. The goal? More-accurate security decisions capable of supporting more-dynamic business and IT environments as well as providing better protection against advanced threats. In this 2010 research note that provided a definition and framework for understanding context-aware […]

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Building Context-Aware Security: VMware Acquires PacketMotion

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 27, 2011  |  Comments Off

VMware quietly disclosed it has acquired PacketMotion in this recent blog post by Dean Coza of VMware. We identified PacketMotion as a cool vendor in Gartner in this 2009 research for clients. Essentially, PacketMotion uses standard Intel-based hardware appliances  (as well as a virtualized probe implementation that runs inside of virtualized environments) to deliver full […]

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It’s Time for Security to Ascend

by Neil MacDonald  |  August 24, 2011  |  1 Comment

As I research into the future of adaptive security infrastructure, I am convinced that the future of information security lies in software, not hardware. If you think about it for a bit, most of information security policy enforcement is in the form of software already – it’s just embodied (entombed?) in physical hardware. Unfortunately, the […]

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Forget Trust, Think “Trustability”

by Neil MacDonald  |  May 31, 2011  |  3 Comments

The term “trust” is too binary for the world of business and IT we are moving into. Trust sounds black and white / all or nothing. Either I trust you or I don’t. The reality is far more complex and a world of information security decisions based on shades of grey, not black and white. […]

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