Networks are a complex collection of components defined by many different standards. These standards help solve network problems ranging from security to performance and usability.
An open standard is a publicly available standard that can be consumed in a variety of ways for deploying a secure solution for a network. Readers of open security standards use them to understand how a technology might be useful to solve security on the network. Implementers of open standards can create solutions to address documented security issues. Network operators read standards to understand how the different implementations work together to make a complete security solution.
These network solutions often come from different sources, which leads to the creation of a variety of testing procedures and methodologies ..