New Routing Tech Allows the Network to Play a Role in Security
Tech startup 128 Technology has been working on a new way to handle Internet traffic that could make it even more difficult for hackers to steal information online. On top of being more secure, this new tech also simplifies networking. This in-development technology could be used to improve how data centers and cloud services route Internet traffic, making it faster and more secure.
How We Protect Data Now: Encryption
Currently, the technology industry makes heavy use of encryption and firewalls to protect important information from people who would try to steal it. These protective methods are very effective when competently utilized but aren’t infallible: hackers break through firewalls with Trojan Horse malware and find ways to crack secure encryption codes. Secure Socket Layers, or SSL, is used to establish a secure, encrypted connection between devices on a network (like the Internet). Alternatively, web sites that handle confidential information can use HTTPS to encrypt data transmissions. Hackers have a very easy time intercepting unencrypted data as it moves from server to server, so organizations like the Electronic Frontier Foundation are pushing a HTTPS Everywhere initiative to “lock down” the Internet at large.
Changing the Way Network/Internet Traffic Moves
According to Computerworld, routers were built to send and receive data packets, not be involved in things like deep packet inspection, encryption, security, and mass-traffic management. So the IT industry has invested in developing things like tunnels, firewalls, and load balancers to compensate for the router’s shortcomings: Internet fragmentation and traffic increases are making it difficult for that augmented technology to keep up.
The developers at 128 Technology propose using deterministic routing or “Secure Vector Routing,” which improves how routers control data movement across the Internet. Instead of looking for the next closest, available server via adaptive routing, the server acting as a router can define, secure, and enforce a data path for traffic to move across the Internet. The technology lets the network build tunnel-like pathways via CG-NAT to protect data: this change would make it exceedingly more difficult for hackers to intercept information. Secure Vector Routing replaces the need for tunnels many businesses use to protect traffic running to and from their data centers.
Secure Vector Routing is a software solution for servers as opposed to being a hardware solution for routers. Therefore, data centers will not need to replace routers to take advantage of it. This software could be coming to a data center near you in the near future and it could replace reliance on expensive hardware based solutions with more secure and stable software-based data traffic control.
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