Fortinet whitepaper: software defined network security framework

Organizations are looking to gain IT efficiency and business acceleration by evolving their Data Center Infrastructure with Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Virtualization, and Cloud Computing - all part of a broader data center transformation to Software Defined Infrastructure. But this creates challenges for network visibility and control, as the network becomes abstracted and network flows become dynamic and logical, leading to potential gaps in protection and compliance.

Fortinet introduces the SDN Security Framework to define how security itself must fundamentally evolve across all layers of the Network Architecture, (the data plane, control plane and management plane), to become as agile as the underlying compute, storage and network infrastructure. Common use cases for SDN Security are discussed, as well as additional requirements for Telco's and MSSP's to deliver Security-as-a-Service.