Middleboxes–that is, non-routing and non-switching network devices such as firewalls and caches–can be expensive, hard to manage, and prone to failure.
But they’re also widely deployed, and show no signs of going away. Today’s Weekly Show episode goes deep on middleboxes to explore why these devices have proliferated, and find ways to make them more reliable and easier to manage.
The show also tackles the challenges of TLS/SSL and middleboxes, including how to balance the need to examine traffic to apply/enforce policy with security and privacy concerns.
Joining Greg to discuss this topic is Justine Sherry, a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation “focuses on new opportunities and challenges arising from moving middlebox services to clouds and ISPs.”
Tune in for a gloriously nerdy episode!
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Check out Justine’s research here: