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.