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Cloud Security Alliance Releases Results of Software-Defined Perimeter Hackathon

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CSA, The World’s Leading Cloud Organization Collaborated with Verizon and Vidder To Validate Security and Feasibility of High Availability Public Cloud Architecture at Fourth Annual CSA Hackathon at the RSA Conference 2016

SEATTLE, WA – March 31, 2016 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), today released The Software Defined Perimeter (SDP) Hackathon #4 Report: High Availability Public Cloud Research. The report is based on the findings and key learnings from the fourth annual Hackathon held by CSA’s SDP Working Group during the RSA Conference 2016 held last month in San Francisco. Conducted over a four-day period, the goal of this year’s Hackathon was to validate the concept of creating a high availability application environment by combining the compute resources of multiple public clouds. With the support of Verizon and Vidder, the contest was designed to challenge the pre-conceived notions of public cloud security and reliability.

Jim Reavis, CEO of the CSA commented, “We would like to thank Verizon and Vidder for their leadership, resources and support in this year’s Hackathon. We are encouraged and pleased that it worked to validates the SDP’s working group theory that a high availability application infrastructure can be created for mission critical applications by combining multiple public clouds.”

In this fourth iteration of the Hackathon, Verizon helped define the architecture to ensure it reflected real world that included use of Vidder’s PrecisionAccess SDP Gateways deployed in two different public clouds while providing access to a redundant application that was located in a third cloud. To monitor contest activity, Vidder deployed its Insight real-time monitoring system to identity attackers. While this Hackathon saw a significant increase in the number of highly sophisticated attacks, the result was that no attacker was able to breach the SDP gateway even though they were provided a full packet capture of a valid connection.

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About Cloud Security Alliance

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, certification, events and products. CSA’s activities, knowledge and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers, to governments, entrepreneurs and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.


Kari Walker for the CSA
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About Vidder

Vidder PrecisionAccessTM isolates the protected applications from all networked users and devices, connecting only authorized users and trusted devices to applications they are authorized to access. The resultant new paradigm enables enterprises to achieve agility with security, augmenting cloud migration and business ecosystem collaboration, while reducing risk for traditional IT. PrecisionAccess is the industry’s first and most widely deployed solution based on the Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) framework for advanced access control promoted by the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). In 2015, Gartner named Vidder a Cool Vendor in Cloud Security Services. The company’s headquarters are in Campbell, Calif. For more information, visit

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