Application networking specialist A10 Networks unveiled the A10 Security Alliance, an ecosystem of security and networking companies that are working together to help mitigate threats and automate security operations.
By validating interoperability with products from leading security vendors, the A10 Security Alliance has developed specialized solutions for data centers that deliver the security capabilities required to detect and eliminate advanced threats, lower data breach expenses and reduce the cost of security operations.
For instance, A10 Networks has partnered with Symantec and Venafi to secure and automate the management of SSL certificates and keys, and using the Webroot BrightCloud Web Classification Service together with A10's SSL Insight feature, customers can analyze and secure SSL traffic while bypassing communications to sensitive sites such as banking and health care applications.
"When we were preparing for our ACOS 4.0 launch in August—which announced important security enhancements to A10’s SSL Insight, Web Application Firewall and authentication features, we realized that our partners were key to the success of these features," Kasey Cross, senior product marketing manager for A10 Networks, told eWEEK. "In addition, leading security vendors were reaching out to us to partner, especially to gain visibility into SSL traffic with our SSL Insight feature. So we decided to categorize our partners into distinct groups, standardize our interoperability testing processes, build a library of collateral for our partners, including solution briefs and deployment guides, and publicly launch our new Security Alliance ecosystem."
The company’s Thunder Series products, in conjunction with A10 Security Alliance members’ products, offer solutions covering secure sockets layer (SSL) visibility to detect advanced threats, authentication for federated security and single-sign-on, automated SSL certificate management and protection, as well as threat and URL intelligence for effective policy decisions.
The Thunder ADC, using SSL Insight technology, can decrypt SSL traffic at high speeds, enabling RSA Security Analytics, FireEye Threat Prevention Platform, IBM QRadar Incident Forensics, and Vectra X-series to inspect encrypted traffic at high speeds to uncover threats in encrypted traffic.
Pulse Secure’s Connect Secure solution–combined with Thunder Application Delivery Controllers–enables customers to load balance multiple SSL virtual private network (VPN) gateways, maximize uptime and help ensure optimal and uninterrupted user access.
The Thunder ADC integrates with authentication and identity management solutions, such as PingFederate, enabling organizations to centrally manage authentication for all of their Web applications in a federated security assertion markup language (SAML) model to control access to cloud-based applications and support single sign-on.
A10 and Arista Networks have also collaborated to deliver an integrated solution for distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation.
In the event of a DDoS attack, an Arista network switch can instantly route network flows through an A10 Thunder TPS appliance, reducing the time to mitigation from minutes to seconds.
"Thunder ADC and Thunder TPS products help organizations maximize application uptime, accelerate performance, and fortify their networks against attack. The ADC delivers performance scalability up to 150G bps on a single one rack unit appliance and a broad range of form factors including physical, virtual and hybrid appliances," Cross said. "Thunder TPS provides high-performance, network-wide protection against DDoS attacks, and enables service availability against a variety of volumetric, protocol, resource and other sophisticated application attacks."