Interview with Mike Horn, CEO of NetCitadel

By Mike Horn (Profile)
Tuesday, January 29th 2013

VSM: NetCitadel just launched as a company, and has introduced a new solution for protecting networks across virtual and cloud environments, as well as physical environments. Can you tell us about your new company?

MH: Sure, NetCitadel was founded to provide a fundamentally new approach to security infrastructure management. Technology trends such as virtualization, cloud computing and BYOD are creating highly dynamic environments that break existing enterprise security models and technologies. Our solution fixes this by adding real-time intelligence about these dynamic environments to existing security devices used in virtual, cloud and on-premise environments.

VSM: And can you give us an overview of this newly released solution you just mentioned?

MH: Yes, it is called the OneControl Security Orchestration Platform. It helps make existing enterprise security infrastructure intelligent and responsive in virtual, cloud and on-premise environments by dynamically updating security devices with information based on changes in the network.

Using patent-pending technology, OneControl monitors infrastructure systems such as VMware’s vCenter and dynamically updates security devices when changes are detected. This means that events such as adding additional servers to an existing resource pool or port group no longer require going through a slow and cumbersome security change process. Instead, security devices that use those resource pools or port groups are dynamically updated with the new server information, which results in the new servers inheriting the same security policies that are protecting the existing servers.

VSM: What are some of the most significant challenges around an organization’s virtual network, which your solution addresses?

MH: Today, IT is challenged with delivering agility, security and compliance in increasingly dynamic data centers and networking environments that include virtualization and cloud. Enterprises are challenged because today’s solutions require manual security changes which are time-consuming, static, and susceptible to human errors; and fail to enforce consistent policies in the virtual environment that also govern physical and cloud environments. Today’s solutions also typically only support one vendor’s infrastructure, creating management silos in heterogeneous virtual and cloud environments.