If you were a black hat hacker considering targets of opportunity, a service provider network might seem very interesting. The infrastructure is critical for commerce and governmental operations. The data carried is potentially interesting and valuable. And indeed, we know that carrier networks are highly targeted.
In this sponsored show with Cisco, we discuss how to think deeply about security on mission critical networks and protecting routers and other devices not behind a firewall.
That means making certain that the network operating system is running exactly the code we think it is. That the devices on the network are devices we know and can trust. And then once we’ve secured the network, how we can use it as a platform to deliver additional security services.
Our guests are Dan Backman and Kaarthik Sivakumar of Cisco. Dan is a Technical Marketing Engineer on the Service Provider team, and Kaarthik is a Security Architect for IOS XR Engineering.
We discuss the general risks service providers face and why trusted network devices are essential. Then we dive into technical details on how Cisco protects IOS XR, including the Trust Anchor Module, how to audit trusted networks, and how to build out a secure network infrastructure.
Cisco Service Provider Blog – SP360 – Cisco Systems
Cisco Trust Anchor Technologies – Cisco Systems (PDF)