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IP Network Traffic Plane Security Concepts

Chapter Description

This chapter introduces the concepts of defense in depth and breadth as applied to IP traffic plane security.


This chapter introduced the concepts of defense in depth and breadth as applied to IP traffic plane security. You learned how defense in depth is used to provide multiple layers against a single attack vector, whereas defense in breadth is used to address distinct attack vectors. You also learned that enabling each individual security technique must be well understood because each may potentially impact the overall network performance and operational envelope. Therefore, it is important to understand the impact of all security techniques during both normal operating conditions and attack conditions. You also learned that when multiple mechanisms are enabled, they may interact, either directly or indirectly, in ways that may not be readily apparent. Understanding these interactions and interdependencies allows for a more robust and resilient system design.

The ability to classify packets by IP traffic plane helps define and enforce security policies, and that improved clarity and accuracy may be achieved by considering location during the classification process. The concepts of physical and logical interfaces were introduced, as well as network edge and core concepts. The edge is the first opportunity to make decisions that affect the security of the network as a whole. This was described in the context of two network edge types, the Internet edge and the MPLS VPN edge. Finally, network cores for both IP networks and MPLS VPN networks were reviewed, including the need for control and management plane security policies to mitigate the risk of core attacks if edge security policies are bypassed.

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