Here at Layer 7 we get asked a lot about our support for REST.
We actually have a lot to offer to secure, monitor and manage REST-style
The truth is, although we really like SOAP and XML here at Layer 7, we also
really like REST and alternative data encapsulations like JSON.
We use both REST and JSON all the time in our own development.
Suppose you have a REST-based service that you would like to publish to the
world, but you are concerned about access control, confidentiality,
integrity, and the risk from incoming threats.
We have an answer for this: SecureSpan Gateway clusters, deployed in the DMZ,
give you the ability to implement run time governance across all of your
Pictures are nice, but this scenario is best understood using a concrete
example. For the services, Yahoo’s REST-based search API offers us
everything we need–it even retur... (more)
I’m not sure who is more excited about the cloud these days: hackers or
venture capitalists. But certainly both groups smell opportunity. An
interesting article published by CNET a little while back nicely illustrates
the growing interest the former have with cloud computing. Fortify Software
sponsored a survey of 100 hackers at last month’s Defcon. They discovered
that 96% of the respondents think that the cloud creates new opportunities
for hacking, and 86% believe that “cloud vendors aren’t doing enough to
address cyber-security issues.”
I don’t consider myself a hacker (exce... (more)
True story from the consulting trenches: the operations staff had left hours
ago, shaking their heads and reluctantly leaving the consultants to resolve a
problem with their code. It was well past midnight, in the middle of winter,
in a town many time zones from home. The project was late. Altogether, this
was an awkward situation that you probably know well.
The consultants - falling into that murky classification of not quite
outsider, nor regular employee - worked from hobbled accounts; the security
staff were pros and took their charge seriously. By 2:00 a.m., the group was
Business has long pursued the goal of making IT more of a strategic tool and
less of a necessary evil. Organizations are constantly looking for easier,
cheaper, and more logical ways to build applications and unite the silos of
functionality they still depend on. One approach that has met with some
success is the concept of just-in-time integration - a technique to combine
new functionalities as quickly and cheaply as required, whether they reside
inside an organization or outside of it (i.e., with a business partner).
From the architectural perspective, just-in-time integration ... (more)
Cloud Security Journal on Ulitzer
Two weeks ago, I delivered a webinar about new security models in the cloud
with Anne Thomas Manes from Burton Group. Anne had one slide in particular,
borrowed from her colleague Dan Blum, which I liked so much I actually
re-structured my own material around it. Let me share it with you:
This graphic does the finest job I have seen of clearly articulating where
the boundaries of control lie under the different models of cloud computing.
Cloud, after all, is really about surrendering control: we delegate
management of infrastructure, application... (more)