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Virtualizing Network Security with NFV and SDN Explored in New Whitepaper and Webinar

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Campbell, CALIFORNIA (July 6, 2015)—A new white paper and educational webinar presented by the Infonetics portfolio of IHS (NYSE: IHS) examines the impact of software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) on network security architecture and the new generation of security services they enable.

Developed for large enterprises, service providers of all types (cloud, hosting, telecom), financial analysts and the media, the webinar is hosted by Jeff Wilson, research director for cybersecurity technology at IHS, and co-produced with Juniper Networks. Presented live Wed., July 15 at 11:00 AM EDT and available on-demand immediately afterward, Delivering Security Everywhere with SDN and NFV is a 45-minute interactive presentation on the market and solutions followed by 15 minutes of audience Q&A.

The white paper, Delivering Security Virtually Everywhere with SDN and NFV, also led by analyst Jeff Wilson, looks at how SDN and NFV technology, standards and architecture can translate into agile, cost-effective security solutions for service providers. The paper covers emerging use cases for deploying SDN in the data center and NFV in large carrier networks. The 10-page technology paper is available to all who register for the companion webinar.

“Using SDN and NFV to deliver security offers an unprecedented blend of centralized control and distributed enforcement. Since the goal of SDN and NFV is to flatten visibility and control, it’s not hard to imagine a world where the operating systems that run individual service platforms go away, and the discreet functions of existing security appliances become services operated by the controller/orchestration infrastructure, allowing for better visibility and ultimate granularity in deployment,” said Jeff Wilson, research director for cybersecurity technology at IHS.


  • Security is among the first applications being deployed by service providers rolling out NFV and SDN
  • SDN and NFV are complementary technologies and architectural initiatives aimed in the same direction: making networks and services more nimble
  • Benefits of SDN and NFV include service agility for shorter time to revenue, and a global view of the network for provisioning across multi-vendor, multi-layer and multi-network domains
  • SDN and NFV make possible security functions such as on-demand malware protection, cloud-based URL filtering, cloud-based web application testing and development, and granular customization per-application or per-tenant


  • Understanding the basics of SDN and NFV and how they interact with security solutions
  • How SDN and NFV can be leveraged to rapidly deploy security and develop revenue generating services
  • Specific use cases for SDN- and NFV-enabled security solutions


To attend the July 15 webinar and receive the whitepaper, register here


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