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LONDON: Lancope, Inc., a leader in network visibility and security intelligence, has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to help secure and promote the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). ONF is a user-driven organisation dedicated to the commercialisation and development of open standards for SDN. Implementing SDN results in extremely dynamic, manageable, cost-effective and adaptable network architecture.

“SDN will soon revolutionise the networking world,” said Kerry Armistead, vice president of product management for Lancope. “As with any other new technology, security must be of the utmost concern during the early phases of SDN development. By joining ONF, Lancope is committing to help promote the benefits of SDN while also working to ensure that it is developed and implemented in a way that does not jeopardise network security or increase enterprise risk.”

ONF is the steward of the OpenFlow™ protocol, the first open programming interface for SDN. The Foundation is built on the premise that rapid SDN adoption requires practical solutions. ONF provides standardised approaches that free global organisations from vendor lock-in and allow users to achieve maximum organisational impact by innovating and governing the operation of their networks according to business objectives through software of their control.

Lancope is excited to become part of this valuable group at such a pivotal time in SDN development. ONF members include a mix of enterprise IT, cloud and telecom service providers, as well as network equipment and silicon vendors.

By collecting and analysing NetFlow and other types of flow data from existing network infrastructure, Lancope’s StealthWatch® System provides a comprehensive view of network activity for more effective network and security operations. Through in-depth network visibility, StealthWatch enables organisations to quickly identify and address both advanced cyber-attacks and potential performance issues.

Pervasive network intelligence helps users combat evolving challenges such as APTs and insider threats, and also embrace new architectures including cloud, BYOD and SDN without sacrificing network protection. Coupled with advanced StealthWatch capabilities including application, mobile, virtual and identity awareness, this level of network insight dramatically improves incident response, network troubleshooting, forensic investigations and compliance.

“ONF’s primary mission is to drive the deployment and commercialisation of SDN and the OpenFlow protocol,” said Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation. “We’re continuously working to provide organisations with greater control and insight into their networks to better address today’s dynamic computing environments. This year, we have committed to building out the OpenFlow substrate, with the security concerns of global organisations as a top priority. New members committed to that goal make our mission all the more achievable.