What is involved in Software-Defined Security

Find out what the related areas are that Software-Defined Security connects with, associates with, correlates with or affects, and which require thought, deliberation, analysis, review and discussion. This unique checklist stands out in a sense that it is not per-se designed to give answers, but to engage the reader and lay out a Software-Defined Security thinking-frame.

How far is your company on its Software-Defined Security journey?

Take this short survey to gauge your organization’s progress toward Software-Defined Security leadership. Learn your strongest and weakest areas, and what you can do now to create a strategy that delivers results.

To address the criteria in this checklist for your organization, extensive selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information.

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Below you will find a quick checklist designed to help you think about which Software-Defined Security related domains to cover and 115 essential critical questions to check off in that domain.

The following domains are covered:

Software-Defined Security, Software-defined networking, AT&T Labs, Active networking, Application-specific integrated circuit, Bare metal, Cellular network, Cisco Systems, Computer network, Content-addressable memory, Control plane, Core network, Data center, Data plane, IEEE 802.1aq, Integrated Services Digital Network, Intel Data Plane Development Kit, Local area network, Network administrator, Network functions virtualization, Network packet, Network switch, Network traffic, Network virtualization platform, Northbound interface, OSI model, OpenDaylight Project, Open Networking Foundation, Open vSwitch, Operating system, Operations support system, Radio access network, Shortest path bridging, Software-defined data center, Software-defined mobile network, Software-defined protection, Traffic flow, Transmission Control Protocol, UC Berkeley, User Datagram Protocol, Wide Area Network:

Software-Defined Security Critical Criteria:

Facilitate Software-Defined Security quality and secure Software-Defined Security creativity.

– Who is responsible for ensuring appropriate resources (time, people and money) are allocated to Software-Defined Security?

– Think of your Software-Defined Security project. what are the main functions?

– What are current Software-Defined Security Paradigms?

Software-defined networking Critical Criteria:

Scan Software-defined networking projects and change contexts.

– What are the top 3 things at the forefront of our Software-Defined Security agendas for the next 3 years?

– What is Effective Software-Defined Security?

AT&T Labs Critical Criteria:

Paraphrase AT&T Labs strategies and document what potential AT&T Labs megatrends could make our business model obsolete.

– How do senior leaders actions reflect a commitment to the organizations Software-Defined Security values?

– How do we make it meaningful in connecting Software-Defined Security with what users do day-to-day?

– Does the Software-Defined Security task fit the clients priorities?

Active networking Critical Criteria:

Own Active networking goals and find out.

– Who will provide the final approval of Software-Defined Security deliverables?

– What are our Software-Defined Security Processes?

Application-specific integrated circuit Critical Criteria:

Collaborate on Application-specific integrated circuit failures and devise Application-specific integrated circuit key steps.

– Is there a Software-Defined Security Communication plan covering who needs to get what information when?

– Are we Assessing Software-Defined Security and Risk?

Bare metal Critical Criteria:

Drive Bare metal planning and modify and define the unique characteristics of interactive Bare metal projects.

– What other jobs or tasks affect the performance of the steps in the Software-Defined Security process?

– To what extent does management recognize Software-Defined Security as a tool to increase the results?

– Is the scope of Software-Defined Security defined?

Cellular network Critical Criteria:

Add value to Cellular network tactics and track iterative Cellular network results.

– How do you incorporate cycle time, productivity, cost control, and other efficiency and effectiveness factors into these Software-Defined Security processes?

– How do we ensure that implementations of Software-Defined Security products are done in a way that ensures safety?

– What are all of our Software-Defined Security domains and what do they do?

Cisco Systems Critical Criteria:

Debate over Cisco Systems outcomes and define what our big hairy audacious Cisco Systems goal is.

– Which customers cant participate in our Software-Defined Security domain because they lack skills, wealth, or convenient access to existing solutions?

– For your Software-Defined Security project, identify and describe the business environment. is there more than one layer to the business environment?

– What may be the consequences for the performance of an organization if all stakeholders are not consulted regarding Software-Defined Security?

Computer network Critical Criteria:

Map Computer network failures and reduce Computer network costs.

– How do your measurements capture actionable Software-Defined Security information for use in exceeding your customers expectations and securing your customers engagement?

– Is the illegal entry into a private computer network a crime in your country?

Content-addressable memory Critical Criteria:

Learn from Content-addressable memory results and adopt an insight outlook.

– Who will be responsible for making the decisions to include or exclude requested changes once Software-Defined Security is underway?

– Have the types of risks that may impact Software-Defined Security been identified and analyzed?

– Which Software-Defined Security goals are the most important?

Control plane Critical Criteria:

Do a round table on Control plane tasks and overcome Control plane skills and management ineffectiveness.

– Does Software-Defined Security create potential expectations in other areas that need to be recognized and considered?

Core network Critical Criteria:

Merge Core network results and correct Core network management by competencies.

– How do we Identify specific Software-Defined Security investment and emerging trends?

– What business benefits will Software-Defined Security goals deliver if achieved?

– Are accountability and ownership for Software-Defined Security clearly defined?

Data center Critical Criteria:

Devise Data center results and interpret which customers can’t participate in Data center because they lack skills.

– Fog Computing is internet computing where the devices responsible for the computing surround us. Instead of having a data center where all of the processing and storage occurs, fog computing would allow us to bring the devices closer to us and these devices would be responsible for their own processing and storage. So how does this concept help us deal with the problems created by the IoT, and what benefits would this provide us that upgrading the cloud infrastructure couldnt?

– Are we a listed company, if so ask ourselves this: Disaster recovery planning, or its lack, will affect a companys equity position. why buy stock in a company that will disappear should the data center go down?

– In a virtualized data center, guest operating system kernels were modified to eliminate the need for binary translation. which compute virtualization technique was used?

– Determine if the data center has Service Level Agreements with the clients it serves. if so, do they measure themselves for compliance with the agreement?

– What are the specific security and integrity threats to cloud computing storage systems that do not exist in private data centers?

– Does the cloud solution offer equal or greater data security capabilities than those provided by your organizations data center?

– Do operating procedures require systems to undergo a security/vulnerability scan before being placed into production?

– Which report should an administrator use to know both historic and current utilization of storage in a data center?

– Which data center management activity involves eliminating single points of failure to ensure business continuity?

– Should the dataset be deposited in a national, international or discipline-based data center?

– Do any countries force cloud based companies to house data within that countrys data centers?

– What is the source of the strategies for Software-Defined Security strengthening and reform?

– What is a benefit of automated site failover capability in a data center environment?

– Is stuff in the cloud on the same legal footing as stuff in your data center?

– Is the priority of system restores documented in the disaster recovery plan?

– How many and where are located the providers data centers?

– Why should data center elements be monitored?

– What threat is Software-Defined Security addressing?

Data plane Critical Criteria:

X-ray Data plane failures and assess and formulate effective operational and Data plane strategies.

– Does Software-Defined Security analysis isolate the fundamental causes of problems?

– What are the barriers to increased Software-Defined Security production?

– What are the business goals Software-Defined Security is aiming to achieve?

IEEE 802.1aq Critical Criteria:

Guide IEEE 802.1aq outcomes and get answers.

– Think about the functions involved in your Software-Defined Security project. what processes flow from these functions?

– What is our formula for success in Software-Defined Security ?

– How can we improve Software-Defined Security?

Integrated Services Digital Network Critical Criteria:

Co-operate on Integrated Services Digital Network goals and correct Integrated Services Digital Network management by competencies.

– What will be the consequences to the business (financial, reputation etc) if Software-Defined Security does not go ahead or fails to deliver the objectives?

– What are our needs in relation to Software-Defined Security skills, labor, equipment, and markets?

– How do we go about Comparing Software-Defined Security approaches/solutions?

Intel Data Plane Development Kit Critical Criteria:

Derive from Intel Data Plane Development Kit decisions and look at the big picture.

– What are the disruptive Software-Defined Security technologies that enable our organization to radically change our business processes?

– Meeting the challenge: are missed Software-Defined Security opportunities costing us money?

Local area network Critical Criteria:

Communicate about Local area network goals and transcribe Local area network as tomorrows backbone for success.

– What other organizational variables, such as reward systems or communication systems, affect the performance of this Software-Defined Security process?

– A virtual local area network (vlan) is a physical grouping of network devices within a larger network. true or false?

– Are there Software-Defined Security Models?

Network administrator Critical Criteria:

Test Network administrator risks and plan concise Network administrator education.

– You work as a network administrator for mcrobert inc. the company has a tcp/ip-based network. which of the following information should be documented to facilitate disaster recovery?

– What management system can we use to leverage the Software-Defined Security experience, ideas, and concerns of the people closest to the work to be done?

– What tools and technologies are needed for a custom Software-Defined Security project?

– How will you measure your Software-Defined Security effectiveness?

Network functions virtualization Critical Criteria:

Investigate Network functions virtualization decisions and find the ideas you already have.

– How will we insure seamless interoperability of Software-Defined Security moving forward?

– How do we go about Securing Software-Defined Security?

– Why are Software-Defined Security skills important?

Network packet Critical Criteria:

Wrangle Network packet projects and report on setting up Network packet without losing ground.

– At what point will vulnerability assessments be performed once Software-Defined Security is put into production (e.g., ongoing Risk Management after implementation)?

– What are the success criteria that will indicate that Software-Defined Security objectives have been met and the benefits delivered?

– How important is Software-Defined Security to the user organizations mission?

Network switch Critical Criteria:

Cut a stake in Network switch adoptions and simulate teachings and consultations on quality process improvement of Network switch.

– Are assumptions made in Software-Defined Security stated explicitly?

Network traffic Critical Criteria:

Align Network traffic adoptions and stake your claim.

– Do those selected for the Software-Defined Security team have a good general understanding of what Software-Defined Security is all about?

– Is network traffic screening possible?

Network virtualization platform Critical Criteria:

Have a session on Network virtualization platform tactics and catalog Network virtualization platform activities.

– Who sets the Software-Defined Security standards?

– Do we have past Software-Defined Security Successes?

Northbound interface Critical Criteria:

Design Northbound interface decisions and learn.

– Will Software-Defined Security deliverables need to be tested and, if so, by whom?

OSI model Critical Criteria:

Sort OSI model tasks and work towards be a leading OSI model expert.

– What potential environmental factors impact the Software-Defined Security effort?

– What are specific Software-Defined Security Rules to follow?

OpenDaylight Project Critical Criteria:

Devise OpenDaylight Project planning and give examples utilizing a core of simple OpenDaylight Project skills.

– How can the value of Software-Defined Security be defined?

Open Networking Foundation Critical Criteria:

Refer to Open Networking Foundation governance and diversify disclosure of information – dealing with confidential Open Networking Foundation information.

– Are there recognized Software-Defined Security problems?

Open vSwitch Critical Criteria:

Shape Open vSwitch governance and sort Open vSwitch activities.

– What are the long-term Software-Defined Security goals?

Operating system Critical Criteria:

Study Operating system risks and balance specific methods for improving Operating system results.

– If the firewall runs on an individual host for which all users are not trusted system administrators, how vulnerable is it to tampering by a user logged into the operating system running on the protected hosts?

– What should an organization consider before migrating its applications and operating system to the public cloud to prevent vendor lock-in?

– What operating systems are used for student computers, devices, laptops, etc.?

– Who needs to know about Software-Defined Security ?

– What operating system does your computer use?

– Is unauthorized access to operating systems prevented?

Operations support system Critical Criteria:

Closely inspect Operations support system governance and summarize a clear Operations support system focus.

– In the case of a Software-Defined Security project, the criteria for the audit derive from implementation objectives. an audit of a Software-Defined Security project involves assessing whether the recommendations outlined for implementation have been met. in other words, can we track that any Software-Defined Security project is implemented as planned, and is it working?

– Do several people in different organizational units assist with the Software-Defined Security process?

– Do you monitor the effectiveness of your Software-Defined Security activities?

Radio access network Critical Criteria:

Infer Radio access network management and create a map for yourself.

Shortest path bridging Critical Criteria:

Survey Shortest path bridging management and maintain Shortest path bridging for success.

– Is there any existing Software-Defined Security governance structure?

Software-defined data center Critical Criteria:

Have a meeting on Software-defined data center tactics and find the ideas you already have.

– What is the purpose of Software-Defined Security in relation to the mission?

– How can skill-level changes improve Software-Defined Security?

Software-defined mobile network Critical Criteria:

Gauge Software-defined mobile network engagements and pay attention to the small things.

– Who will be responsible for deciding whether Software-Defined Security goes ahead or not after the initial investigations?

Software-defined protection Critical Criteria:

Substantiate Software-defined protection quality and assess what counts with Software-defined protection that we are not counting.

Traffic flow Critical Criteria:

Graph Traffic flow strategies and visualize why should people listen to you regarding Traffic flow.

– Do the Software-Defined Security decisions we make today help people and the planet tomorrow?

Transmission Control Protocol Critical Criteria:

Investigate Transmission Control Protocol failures and catalog Transmission Control Protocol activities.

– Does Software-Defined Security include applications and information with regulatory compliance significance (or other contractual conditions that must be formally complied with) in a new or unique manner for which no approved security requirements, templates or design models exist?

UC Berkeley Critical Criteria:

Have a session on UC Berkeley adoptions and point out UC Berkeley tensions in leadership.

– Have all basic functions of Software-Defined Security been defined?

User Datagram Protocol Critical Criteria:

See the value of User Datagram Protocol tasks and display thorough understanding of the User Datagram Protocol process.

– Who will be responsible for documenting the Software-Defined Security requirements in detail?

Wide Area Network Critical Criteria:

Discuss Wide Area Network results and describe the risks of Wide Area Network sustainability.

– Does Software-Defined Security analysis show the relationships among important Software-Defined Security factors?

– What will drive Software-Defined Security change?


This quick readiness checklist is a selected resource to help you move forward. Learn more about how to achieve comprehensive insights with the Software-Defined Security Self Assessment:


Author: Gerard Blokdijk

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External links:

To address the criteria in this checklist, these selected resources are provided for sources of further research and information:

Software-defined networking External links:

Active networking External links:

The Art of Active Networking – Home | Facebook

Bare metal External links:

bare metal – Everything2.com

What is bare metal environment? – Definition from WhatIs.com

Professional Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning | Bare Metal Standard

Cellular network External links:

Performance Issues of Cellular Networks

Check your cellular network coverage | Pod Trackers


Cisco Systems External links:

Cisco Worldwide – Cisco Systems

Cisco Systems, Inc. – CSCO – Stock Price Today – Zacks

Cisco Systems, Inc. Common Stock (CSCO) Historical …

Computer network External links:

CHAPTER 1(Computer Network) – ProProfs Quiz

Computer Networking Jobs – Monster.com

Content-addressable memory External links:

Content-Addressable Memory Architecture For Image …

Core network External links:

OpenEPC – NFV | IoT | vEPC | Germany | Core Network Dynamics

Data center External links:

Open Data Portal | NJOIT Open Data Center

ADE Data Center – Home

Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI)

Data plane External links:

What is data plane (DP)? – Definition from WhatIs.com

data plane – Wiktionary

The Global Data Plane – The TerraSwarm Research Center

IEEE 802.1aq External links:

IEEE 802.1aq – Cisco Network Design and Architecture

IEEE 802.1aq Archives – Beyond Standards

IEEE 802.1aq Archives – Avaya Connected Blog

Integrated Services Digital Network External links:

[PDF]Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN) 8510T …

ISDN – Integrated Services Digital Network

Integrated Services Digital Network (ISDN)

Local area network External links:

Local Area Network (LAN) – MN IT Services

DET Local Area Network (LAN)

What is local area network (LAN)? – Definition from WhatIs.com

Network administrator External links:

Tech/Network / Tech/Network Administrator

Network functions virtualization External links:

Cisco Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)

Network packet External links:

Network Packet Brokers | Garland Technology

Packet Analyzer – Network Packet Analysis | SolarWinds

Network switch External links:

Raymarine HS5 SeaTalkhs Network Switch

Network traffic External links:

Sparrowiq.com – Network Traffic Monitoring & Analysis Tools

WAN Killer – Network Traffic Generator | SolarWinds

Intelligent Network Traffic Analysis | GreyCortex

Network virtualization platform External links:

VMware & Nicira, Nicira Network Virtualization Platform …

Northbound interface External links:

[MS-NCNBI]: Network Controller Northbound Interface

OSI model External links:

Data Flow in the OSI Model – technet.microsoft.com

The OSI Model’s Seven Layers Defined and Functions …

The OSI Model Demystified – YouTube

OpenDaylight Project External links:

OpenDaylight Project – Home | Facebook

Open Networking Foundation External links:

Open Networking Foundation Membership Information | …

opennetworking.org – Home – Open Networking Foundation

Open vSwitch External links:

GitHub – openvswitch/ovs: Open vSwitch

Open vSwitch Cheat Sheet – The Random Security Guy

Operating system External links:

JTB GIS (Global Inbound Operating System)

Lennd | The operating system for the modern event team.

Find Out Which Operating System Is on My Computer …

Operations support system External links:

Operations Support System – Gartner IT Glossary

Avaya Support – Products – Operations Support System

Radio access network External links:

Cloud Radio Access Network (C-RAN) | vertex

Radio Access Network Database – Simplified – YouTube

Shortest path bridging External links:

[PDF]Shortest Path Bridging (802.1aq) Technical …

Software-defined mobile network External links:

Software-defined mobile network – Revolvy
www.revolvy.com/topic/Software-defined mobile network

Traffic flow External links:

Traffic Flow in a Network – YouTube

School Hours & Traffic Flow Pattern Information – Sheldon ISD

Traffic Flow Arrow Floor Sign | Creative Safety Supply

Transmission Control Protocol External links:

The Transmission Control Protocol – DePaul University

Transmission Control Protocol (TCP)

Transmission Control Protocol – technet.microsoft.com

UC Berkeley External links:

UC Berkeley Extension Online Courses

Homecoming | UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Committee for Protection of Human Subjects

User Datagram Protocol External links:

The User Datagram Protocol (UDP) – University of Aberdeen

[PDF]UDP: The User Datagram Protocol – Undergraduate …

Wide Area Network External links:

Wide Area Network Repeater System W3WAN – Home | Facebook

A wide area network (WAN) is a geographically dispersed telecommunications network. The term distinguishes a broader telecommunication structure from a local area network (LAN). A wide area network may be privately owned or rented, but the term usually connotes the inclusion of public (shared user) networks.
Reference: www.answers.com/Q/What_is_WAN_wide_area_network