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Networking blogs: Congress must act on cybersecurity legislation

In this week's Networking blogs, analysts discuss stalled cybersecurity legislation and how the battle for cloud management is evolving.

Cybersecurity legislation: How critical is it?
Whither cybersecurity legislation? Enterprise Strategy Group senior principal analyst Jon Oltsik says it appears that both the Cybersecurity Act of 2013 and the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act are dead in the water in Congress. But how critical is it for some federal action to take place on this hot-button topic? Very, says Oltsik, citing an ESG survey of enterprise security professionals. Indeed, 26% of pros polled said they are "very concerned" that a massive cyber-attack could cripple critical infrastructure or the U.S. economy, with an additional 59% saying they are "concerned." It's time for Congress to address cybersecurity, Oltsik writes.

Read why Oltsik believes a clear call to action to do something about beefing up the nation's cybersecurity exists among security professionals.

Plugging the information hole
While cookie insert is a great persistence method to assure that an F5 Networks Inc. load balancer keeps a client locked to the same server, default settings can create some security issues. To eliminate these problems, Packet Pushers blogger Eric Flores details the steps admins and engineers can take to protect and conceal server information. Through the use of the Advanced Encryption Standard, persistent cookie contents turn into a binary blob, Flores writes, which makes enterprise security folks happy and satisfied.

See Flores' step-by-step instructions here.

What exactly is 'software-defined'?
In a short but sweet post, Enterprise Strategy Group senior analyst Steve Duplessie provides his worldview on the term "software-defined" and investigates the phrase's impact on the data center and storage. To Duplessie, both the software-defined data center and software-defined storage mean the creation of "transient virtual infrastructures" that create specific personalities based on application demand. What does it all mean? One possible outcome: the end of hardware switches.

See what Duplessie has to say about the future of software-defined.

War of the 'stacks'
Enterprise Management Associates' Torsten Volk writes that when it comes to the cloud and cloud management, the battles are being fought in the stacks: whether it's OpenStack, CloudStack or VMware Inc.'s vCloud. Yet the game this time is different from the one played in the old days of enterprise IT, where everything was about technology. Now, "It's all about the app," Volk says, and that means the vendor with the most open and customer-friendly strategy will emerge victorious. But which approach is best? The race, he writes, is just beginning.

Read Volk's analysis of the pros and cons of the major cloud approaches, from OpenStack to Amazon's EC2.

This was last published in October 2013

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