Lancope has joined the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) to help secure and promote the adoption of Software-Defined Networking (SDN). ONF is dedicated to the commercialisation and development of open standards for SDN to achieve dynamic, manageable and adaptable network architecture. Kerry Armistead, vice president of product management for Lancope, stated, ‘As with any other new technology, security must be of the utmost concern during the early phases of SDN development. By joining ONF, we are 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, an open programming interface for SDN. It provides standardised approaches that free 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. ONF members include a mix of enterprise IT, cloud and telecom service providers, as well as network equipment and silicon vendors.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.