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Software-defined security

Software-defined security

(also SSDS)

Software-defined security definition

Software-defined security is a model that implements and controls protective measures through software instead of physical hardware. Such an approach enables quick updates in response to new digital threats. That’s particularly effective in cloud and virtualized environments.

See also: security software

Use cases of software-defined security

  1. Cloud computing. Software-defined security dynamically adapts protections as cloud environments expand or change. It ensures the safeguarding of data and apps against evolving threats.
  2. Enterprise networks. SDS provides centralized management of security policies, allowing IT teams to implement consistent and up-to-date defenses.
  3. Internet of Things ecosystems. Software-defined security enables rapid deployment of updates to a vast array of connected devices. It’s a protection against vulnerabilities specific to IoT.
  4. Remote work environments. SDS allows organizations to extend secure access controls and threat detection to remote users’ devices. It ensures the same level of protection as in-office networks.
  5. E-commerce platforms. Software-defined security can dynamically scale security measures during high-traffic events, like sales or promotions, maintaining robust defense.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security

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