feeling the pressure to strengthen its digital security, is experimenting with a new approach that makes use of software virtualization, a concept that revolutionized computer servers during the last decade or so.
Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press
Virtualization, which substitutes software for hardware, has reduced costs and improved performance and flexibility in corporate computing, paving the way for modern data centers and certain kinds of cloud computing. Now Coca-Cola and other companies are betting that virtualization will help them make a comparable leap forward in security.
Coca-Cola refers to the technology, part of an internal experiment, as a software defined perimeter. The old notion of a network perimeter that can be defended by firewalls that are often hardware-based and security appliances is long out of date. A software defined perimeter addresses the fluid edge of the network in an era of mobile devices, the cloud and Internet-connected objects such as vending machines and cars.
Click here to read the full post: Coca-Cola Looks to Secure Network Edge for Age of Cloud, Mobility
MORE SECURITY NEWS
Information-sharing bill is a surveillance backchannel. Some critics of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act say it's a surveillance tool that could actually weaken security, Wired reports. The central concern is that the bill lets a private company share with the Department of Homeland Security any information construed as a cybersecurity threat "notwithstanding any other provision of law." That means CISA trumps privacy laws which restrict eavesdropping and sharing of users' communications.
China fesses up to cyber warfare units. China broke from its long-standing practice of denials, admitting that its employs special cyber warfare units, ZDNet reports. China has long been the target of suspicion relating to high-profile cyberattacks and state-sponsored campaigns against the U.S. and other countries. China's digital war tactics are discussed in the latest edition of the publication,The Science of Military Strategy, which is produced by China's People's Liberation Army.
Legal eagles find new nests in cybersecurity. Lawyers working in federal security roles are flocking to new cybersecurity gigs at law firms, the Washington Post writes. Rajesh De, who was until last week the general counsel at the National Security Agency, is going to head the privacy and security practice at Mayer Brown in Washington, D.C. Such moves are becoming more common in the wake of major hacks at Sony Pictures, Anthem Corp., and other companies.
The ties that spy. Moscow's Kaspersky Lab, currently ranked sixth in revenue among security software makers, doesn't scrutinize digital espionage originating from Russia with the same zeal as it does alleged cyber threats from the U.S., Israel, and the U.K., Bloomberg reports. CEO Eugene Kaspersky, who used to work for the KGB, employs several people with close ties to Russia's military or intelligence services, according to six current and former employees who declined to discuss the matter publicly because they feared reprisals. Kaspersky Lab, responding to the Bloomberg expos� , said that it works with law enforcement around the world, The Register reports.