ANALYSIS – Today marks the official start of the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and will no doubt be watched by millions and millions of people both in the traditional manner (TV) as well as the online manner as outlined in this Wired article. Geographic time gaps, too many events simultaneously and scheduling issues will no doubt push many an employee towards an occasional “non-work related” viewing of their favorite Olympic event.
Does anyone out there share my feeling that innovation in network security has become quite scarce? I mean, look at it – the core of network security, the almighty firewall, hasn’t changed in almost 15 years. Not only is it still using the same good old Stateful Inspection to inspect traffic and control it (which means that it can only control port-specific applications, while most applications today do not use an assigned port number). Its functionality hasn’t changed that much either. Now that I think about it, the most recent attempts at innovating with network security functionality have failed as well – virtually all NAC companies are struggling, ILP or DLP, or whatever leakage prevention is called today, hasn’t taken off and point technologies such as IM control, worm mitigation and botnet elimination are not doing any better.
Network security vendor Palo Alto Networks announced Tuesday that its firewalls can now control which groups of users have access to specific Facebook functionality -- reading, posting, chatting, sending messages, using apps, or other plug-ins -- as well as when.