Accelerating the Adoption of Software-Defined Security Solutions

By Rick Echevarria, Vice President, Intel Security Group, and General Manager, Intel Security Platform and Solutions Divisions

Almost every aspect of the data center is transforming to virtualized, software-defined infrastructure, resulting in greater business value, more efficient resource utilization, and lower cost of ownership. As a result, security tools also need to be virtualized to remain effective in protecting the data center.

Intel’s Open Security Controller (OSC) is a security orchestration platform that fits the needs of the virtual data center environment. It provides automated, dynamic security provisioning of security functions, configuration, and policy synchronization, making security management visible, more effective, agile and scalable.

Physical security appliances and static configurations may be ineffective in handling the dynamic creation of workloads and network flows in certain usages. Multiple security virtual network functions (such as NGFW, IPS, etc.) are required to address the complex threat environment and protect data center resources, making manual policy administration an overwhelming task. These security services have to be virtualized, automated, and orchestrated from a single pane of glass. Highly agile virtual environments need fine-grained, policy-based security for all traffic, with dynamic enforcement at every node, for effective security and regulatory compliance.

Open Security Controller has been adopted by a rapidly growing set of industry leaders. SDN partners including Midokura, Nuage Networks and PLUMgrid have expanded their integration with multiple virtualized security functions by adopting OSC. Security companies, including Check Point, F5, Forcepoint, Fortinet and Palo Alto Networks, have broadened their market and accelerated the transformation to fully virtualized security for OpenStack. The continued growth of network and security virtualization is demonstrating the effectiveness of this open approach, ensuring that organizations can effectively execute security policies in virtualized data centers with the necessary speed and agility.

Intel is participating in OpenStack Summit Barcelona this week. We’ll be demonstrating how the Open Security Controller can orchestrate multiple security services and enable security service function chaining based on the pre-defined policy within an OpenStack data center. SDN partner PLUMgrid and security companies Palo Alto Networks and Intel Security will demonstrate their product integrations with Open Security Controller.

In addition, we’re presenting a session with SDN partner Midokura and security partner Forcepoint on an advanced network security solution for container-based micro-services environment. By using Open Security Controller and Kubernetes, we can demonstrate how Forcepoint security container can be deployed in an OpenStack environment to provide visibility, control and protection for Docker container applications in an automated, dynamic and scalable fashion.

To learn more about OSC, visit and be sure to visit OpenStack site after the show to find more content and demos.