SDS still young, but very much on the rise

Offering increased protection and a simplified approach, software-defined security is shaping up to be the next big thing in IT security

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Anything “software-defined”—networks, storage, data centers—is grabbing a lot of attention these days. Security is no exception. Software-defined security (SDS) is an emerging model in which information security is deployed, controlled and managed by software.

With SDS, security controls such as network segmentation, intrusion detection and access control are automated and monitored via software.

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Research firm Gartner Inc., which named SDS one of its top 10 technologies for IT security in 2014, says the impact of SDS on security will be transformational. “Software-defined security doesn’t mean that some dedicated security hardware isn’t still needed—it is,” the firm says. “However, like software-defined networking, the value and intelligence moves into software.”

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