Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Software Defined Perimeter for Infrastructure as a Service Initiative

Posted 3/4/2016 1:06:07 PM by RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

Cloud Security Alliance Forms New Software Defined Perimeter for Infrastructure as a Service Initiative
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is forming a new Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) for Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) initiative. With the new program, the Alliance plans to demonstrate how an SDP can better protect IaaS services for enterprise usage, and deliver protection of on-premises and IaaS resources. 

The alliance’s rationale is that through understanding and leveraging an SDP model, organizations can then enable hybrid or multi-platform clouds by abstracting provider-specific configurations, and leveraging consistent policies, identity stores, and processes across their environments.

Goals of the initiative include:

- Documenting specific security, compliance, and architecture challenges that arise from enterprise adoption of IaaS.

- Exploring how an SDP solution can solve these problems.

- Providing architectural and deployment guidelines and best practices for secure IaaS, including the impact of DevOps initiatives.

- Influencing the SDP specification to address IaaS-specific requirements.

Planned deliverables include:

- Analysis and taxonomy of IaaS-specific security, network, identity, and compliance challenges.

- Explanation of how an SDP architecture can address these challenges.

- Deployment scenarios and use cases that examine aspects such as network configuration, identity management, authentication, and security groups.

The alliance is seeking participation from enterprises, cloud providers, and technology vendors to collaborate on the initiative.

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About the author: RICHARD HARRIS, Executive Editor

As the Publisher and Editor for App Developer Magazine, Richard has several industry recognitions and endorsements from tech companies such as Microsoft, Apple and Google for accomplishments in the mobile market. He was part of the early Google AFMA program, and also involved in the foundation of Google TV. He has been developing for mobile since 2003 and serves as CEO of Moonbeam Development, a mobile app company with 200 published titles in various markets throughout the world. Richard is also the founder of LunarAds, a mobile cross-promotion and self-serv mediation network for developers. He has been a featured presenter at trade-shows and conferences, and stays active with new projects relating to mobile development.

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