RSA 2013 – Security in Knowledge

Every year, there are two aspects of the RSA Conference that capture my attention. First are the new types of threats that are brought out and discussed.  These new threats tend to be taken from the headlines of last year’s top security stories. Mobile security, advanced persistent threats and DDoS attacks on banks are highlighted topics for the upcoming conference – all familiar stories from last year.  Keynote speakers will also be addressing topics such as how Big Data Redefines Security and how the machine-2-machine world of intelligent devices is bringing on a New Era for Security.  There are also 7 new tracks in this year’s program, including one that caught my attention on Security Trends and Innovations which will cover emerging technology/business trends, indicating just how rapidly the security world changes.

The 2nd topic of particular interest to me is how all the new security defense mechanisms will impact the underlying platforms. This is rarely a topic brought up in sessions, but is very important for a platform vendor such as Advantech to understand. It’s a no-brainer that as more-and-more highly context sensitive security applications are put in place, the more performance is required so as not to increase network latency to undesirable levels. But it is important to dig a bit deeper to understand how appliances, platforms and systems can be better optimized to cost-effectively support security applications.

This year, Advantech will be featuring two Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) demonstrations in its booth (#751) along with several network appliances, PCIe and ATCA blade displays. DPI plays a key role in many types of networking applications, such as traffic management and policy enforcement, but it plays a critical role in security applications.

A live demonstration of Cavium’s TurboDPI II on Advantech’s NCP-3110 1U Packetarium Network Processor Appliance will showcase TurboDPI’s patented Uni-Scan technology that offers an additional three-fold performance boost by performing multiple detection scans in a single pass. . The TurboDPI system comes with built-in support for up to nine critical DPI detection, extraction and insertion functions: Protocol detection and application recognition, application performance management, anti-malware and anti-virus, Network IDS/IPS, URL filtering/web categorization, metadata extraction/statistics tracking/usage modeling, Netflow statistics export, cookie/metadata insertion and ability to load third party modules. TurboDPI II can handle up to 40Gbps of protocol detection and application recognition processing per 32 core OCTEON processor.

Also being featured is a remote demonstration of the Qosmos ixEngine,  a DPI Software Development Kit (SDK) composed of software libraries and tools that are easily integrated into new or existing solutions. Developers benefit from market-leading IP flow parsing technology to accelerate the delivery of application aware solutions. Elements of the SDK include a Decoding Engine, Protocol Plugin Suite and the Protocol Plugin Creator.

All-in-all, it should be another highly interesting, and very busy, RSA Conference.  The conference is being held Feb. 25-28 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA.  Advantech will be in booth #751 – If you would like to book a meeting with one of our team your can request a slot with the form at the bottom of this page or feel free to just stop by and say hi!

Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director

 

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