The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) Is Looking For Software Virtualization

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The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO) takes a leaf from decade-old computer server virtualization technology and applies it to its software to improve its digital security. The present standards of digital security now revolve around software virtualization and The Coca-Cola Co. hopes to benefit from the modern, cloud computing platform.

SDP and Cloud Security Alliance

The Coca-Cola Co., on an experimental basis has begun to work with non-profit, Cloud Security Alliance, to develop a standard for Software Defined Perimeter (SDP).

SDP is akin to network firewalls and will define a security layer which will allow access to the cloud only after vetting the user. A single-use VPN for the requested app or service is provided, preventing password thefts. It works as a ‘fluid edge of the network’ allowing connected devices, from cars and vending machines to mobile and tablet users to access secure cloud services.

The present efforts in SDP are limited to technology users and are not available as a commercial product, according to Cloud Security Alliance.

According to Chief Enterprise Architect at The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO), Alan Boehme, the new security model will be in trial mode.

The Coca-Cola Co will contribute to develop specifications for SDP.  Other players, such as Verizon Communications Inc. and Mazda Motor Corp are also key contributors in the development process.

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ) is looking to develop SDP Fluid Edge for not just its internal use, but at the customer interface level as well, remarked Jeffery Schwitz, Chief Innovation Architect at Verizon Enterprise Solutions.

SDP technology yet to be Proved

While several players, such as The Coca-Cola Co (NYSE:KO), are contributing to building the SDP specifications, there are detractors of the platform as well. Federal security experts perceive SDP use, which identifies exactly the approved user because of the device they use, will only lead to device-thefts. Additionally, such a fluid edge network will also replace network security standards, such as firewalls. Such a move would affect Cisco Systems Inc, and other suppliers in this niche.

Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray primarily covers Retail and Healthcare. Lisa Ray has completed her MBA (Finance) and an avid market tracker. She is a stock market analyst who closely tracks US markets along with other global markets like India. She has been expressing her views for years about markets and also advises various clients.

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