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Force10’s chief security scientist explores requirements for securing 10 Gigabit Ethernet

Securing the 10 Gigabit Ethernet network edge requires a high performance firewall that emphasizes flexibility and ...


November 16, 2006  


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Securing the 10 Gigabit Ethernet network edge requires a high performance firewall that emphasizes flexibility and speed over feature density to effectively protect against evolving threats, Force10 Networks Inc.’s chief security scientist Livio Ricciulli said today at the Supercomputing 06 conference in Tampa, Fla.

“The growing adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet networks coupled with the continuing rise in security threats has prompted the need for a flexible firewall that can provide visibility into traffic as well as filter it at 10 Gigabit speeds,” said Ricciulli.

“To effectively protect the network edge, it is critical to move away from the rigid ordering logic of existing firewalls to a flexible scheme that lets network operators choose between policy control, ordered rules or summed outcomes.”

To reduce networking costs while adding high capacity links to their network, many research and education networks are turning to the 10 Gigabit Ethernet wide area network physical interface (WAN PHY) as a cost-effective alternative to traditional SONET/SDH connections, he added.