About Michael Ritter

As Vice President of Technical Marketing and Analyst Relations, Michael Ritter drives the vision of ADVA Optical Networking’s innovative Optical+Ethernet technology portfolio into the marketplace. Recognizing current technology architectures while keeping an eye on the network trends of the future, Michael helps ADVA Optical Networking to best position the company technology and solutions for its global service provider and enterprise customers.

When I was a kid, spying was something countries did to maintain the upper hand in war, trade negotiations, bragging rights and financial gain. The tools of the spy trade included listening/recording devices, super telephoto lenses, a submarine, a stylish and aloof international man or woman and, most importantly, a very fast car, plane or speed boat. At least, that’s what the James Bond movies led us all to believe ...
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Maybe you dodged the most recent massive data breach but have no doubt: malicious electronic attacks are escalating in sophistication, frequency and scale. Criminals are partnering with cyber experts in a kind of crime-as-a-service twist, and organizations with a political, social or moral ax to grind are hacking to influence and embarrass. Together these malicious groups are expertly combining old and new attack strategies while taking advantage of today’s highly dynamic network environments to steal our money, our secrets and our peace of mind ...
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Data security has become the key concern of businesses everywhere. Following last year’s high-profile breaches and the damage to reputation and revenue caused by the fallout, enterprises across the world are waking up to the fact that their networks are fundamentally insecure. For IT operators in all major organizations, protecting the integrity of their network is now the most significant challenge. They know that attacks can come from any direction, including from cyber criminals and secret service organizations who may be hacking into portals to steal data or simply eavesdropping on data sent over WANs to collect information such as unencrypted passwords. The other growing trend is to finally focus on protecting data as it moves outside the walls of organizations and data centers ...
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In 2015, several high-profile data breaches made cybersecurity a major talking point. As the companies involved still try to repair the damage to their businesses, the key question is what lies ahead in 2016. Cybercriminals aren’t going anywhere and, with more and more data moving to the cloud, network security will continue to be a key concern. Here are some thoughts on what security trends we can expect to see next year: 1. Cybercriminals Will Be Just as Busy - Unfortunately, communication networks are an increasingly attractive hunting ground for criminals, activists and terrorists motivated to make money, get noticed, or even bring down corporations and governments through online disruption. Several high-profile hacking incidents made the news in 2015. We should brace ourselves for more cyberattacks in the new year. 2. There’ll Be More Data Protection Regulation ...
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What do Home Depot and Ashley Madison have in common? At first glance there seems to be very little that links the American retailer of home improvement products with the Canada-based portal to infidelities. The answer is that the principle "indiscretion is a matter of honor" applies for both. Data thieves stole 56 million credit card details from the do-it-yourself chain last year. More recently, the site for cheaters was hacked by cybercriminals, leaving 32 million customers trembling in fear of blackmailers.For both businesses it was a crushing blow. Home Depot estimated the cost of correcting the problem at 62 million US dollars. And that doesn’t even include the fallout from the massive loss of confidence. Ashley Madison and Home Depot represent a worrying global trend. Cybercrime can do far more than damage profits. It can threaten a company's very existence. Yet most companies only seem to be dimly aware of the terrible threat posed by ...

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