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The Rise of Next Generation Firewalls

The Rise of Next Generation Firewalls

In an industry hurtling towards centralized access of data, the narrative on security is a protracted one. According to the Indian government, there has been a 136% surge in cyber-attacks in the past year. Vulnerabilities in Transport Layer Security, such as Heartbleed have been discovered in SSL cryptography. Furthermore, threats have moved from network layers to data layers, and from denial of service based attacks to information theft. Surprisingly though, corporate espionage and overpaid hackers are not the only factors that have led to a renewed interest in advanced security applications.

The nature of our networks is changing. As recently as 2008-2010, the stage seemed to be set for a mass migration from IPv4 to IPv6. Ever since, the hype and dialogue around IPv6 and network protocols in general, has slowly fizzled out. The reason, a network paradigm shift to an approach known as software-defined networks. Software defined networks allow administrators to manage network services through the abstraction of lower-level functionality. What that means, is that lower levels of a protocol stack such as the network and transport layers no longer influence and constrain application functionality. Bottom-up application design strategies have been inverted and are now top down, allowing applications to dictate how networks are spread out.

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An engineer by degree, a gamer by interest and a journalist by exploration. Video games, Short films, News, Documentaries. Blending different narrative mediums, all in the quest to understand how to tell a compelling story.

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