Zero trust, Cloud Security, Cloud migration

Oracle and Partners Collaborate for Open Security Standards

Oracle is actively involved in creating and promoting an industry consortium to develop an open standard for network and data security.

The intent is to help organizations protect their information as they migrate to the cloud.

Among the collaborators are Applied Invention, a developer of new technology, and Nomura Research Institute, an IT and services consultancy. Other players across industries are expected to line up.

Data security across on-premises and distributed cloud environments is an important but nettlesome issue in terms of security, costs and efficiency as companies seek to migrate their data to the cloud. Because many organizations use existing tools and practices to protect their data, IT security teams are faced with configuring between various types of users to lock down their data.

Setting a New Standard for Network Security

If all goes well, the novel standard will enable networks to collectively enforce shared security policies, enhancing the security architecture organizations already in use without changing existing applications and networks.

To support the initiative, Oracle intends to release the Oracle Zero-Trust Packet Routing Platform based on the new standard to help organizations prevent unauthorized access or use of their data.

"Organizations need a way to describe their data security policies in one place where they be can easily understood and audited, and they need a way to ensure those policies are enforced across their entire computing infrastructure, including their clouds," said Mahesh Thiagarajan, executive vice president, Security and Developer Platforms, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Thiagarajan continued, "To meet this need, Oracle is working with Applied Invention and other technology leaders to launch an effort to create an open, Zero-Trust Packet Routing (ZPR) standard. This will be developed and governed by an industry consortium with Oracle's participation. We invite collaboration from across the entire technology industry, because broad adoption and interoperability will create a stronger and more consistent data protection for everyone."

Danny Hillis, Applied Invention co-founder, noted that the initiative is an opportunity to make a “generational improvement in cybersecurity for the entire world.”

In commenting on the collaboration, Hillis said, "ZPR is how the Internet would have been designed from the start if modern security technologies had been available. I believe it is going to make everyone's data more secure.”

D. Howard Kass

D. Howard Kass is a contributing editor to MSSP Alert. He brings a career in journalism and market research to the role. He has served as CRN News Editor, Dataquest Channel Analyst, and West Coast Senior Contributing Editor at Channelnomics. As the CEO of The Viewpoint Group, he led groundbreaking market research.