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Cybersecurity consortium launches framework to boost interoperability

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Different cybersecurity solutions (opens in new tab) - such as antivirus software, firewalls and behaviour monitors - work best when able to communicate with one another.

Often, however, this proves impossible due to factors such as vendor lock-in and other types of fragmentation.

In a bid to tackle this issue, a consortium of security vendors called the Open Cybersecurity Alliance (OCA) has released the "first open source language for connecting cybersecurity tools through a common messaging framework."

OCA members include IBM, McAfee and AT&T, to name just a few.

With OpenDXL Ontology, businesses will no longer need custom integrations between their various security solutions, which will be able to communicate freely.

"For example, if a certain tool detects a compromised device, it could automatically notify all other tools and even quarantine that device using a standard message format readable by all," said the OCA.

"While previously this was only possible with custom integrations between individual products, it will now be automatically enabled between all tools that adopt OpenDXL Ontology."

Further, integrations will no longer need to be updated every time one of the tools in a business’ arsenal receives a patch or new functionalities.

OpenDXL Ontology is available on Github here (opens in new tab).

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.