Posts about Network Encryption

There were a lot of interesting presentations at last week's Datacenter Forum in Stockholm. It was fascinating to hear insights from some of the industry's leading experts and the discussions following the talks were often equally revealing. Dieter Will explained why bigger isn't always better when it comes to cloud service providers. He highlighted the ways that a smaller data center might have an advantage over the international giants in terms of overheads and agility. He also made some important points about security and how local cloud services could offer a more complete data protection package. In fact this proved to be the topic most people wanted to debate afterwards. There was a lot of interest in how more and more enterprises are migrating their legacy IT services into the cloud, putting data centers operators who can guarantee total data protection at a big advantage. Most people at the conference seemed to agree that ultimate security means encrypting data. But that's only part of the story. The key for businesses who need complete data protection, such as financial institutions and government organisations, is understanding that more is needed than simply securing valuable information when it's at rest.  It's also essential to safeguard it as it moves between data centers. It’s not just the data center specialists who are catching on. Enterprises everywhere are waking up to the risks of transmitting unsecured data over communication service provider networks ...
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The Internet of Things (IoT) is finally upon us with a myriad of machines and sensors set to connect all aspects of our lives. According to Cisco, over 50 billion devices will be talking to each other by 2020. Soon, any conceivable object that could benefit from internet access will become part of the IoT from toothbrushes to televisions to traffic control. But amid all the excitement, it's easy to overlook the challenges that this unprecedented explosion in connectivity will present. Perhaps the most significant of these issues is security. How will all this information be shared appropriately between so many devices without it falling into the wrong hands? It's going to be great when a doctor can receive live updates from a patient's pacemaker but not so good if that sensitive data gets intercepted. Your friends and family will certainly find it useful to know your exact location when you're out and about. Unfortunately, so will thieves. With so many smart devices and IP addresses interacting, a whole new world of opportunity for cybercriminals could be about to open up. When you consider the real danger that the virtual world will pose on the physical, the need for urgent action becomes obvious. Just think of the harm that could come from wireless carjacking, not to mention ...
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We're all familiar with the tantalizing benefits of network functions virtualization (NFV) - flexibility, scalability and cost-efficiency, to name just a few. But there are certain issues that still need a lot of scrutiny. Of these issues, network security and data protection are paramount. Operators and suppliers know that these two areas need to be addressed if a truly successful NFV infrastructure is to be widely adopted. Network security and data protection are especially important for enterprises that are unsure whether they want to move mission-critical data and vital network functions into the cloud. Without the necessary assurances, enterprises will be unwilling to adopt NFV-based services. What’s important to consider here is that, far from being a weakness, NFV can actually provide additional security and protection ...
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Global headlines were made last month when hackers broke into U.S. government databases.  Personal records of as many as 4 million employees were stolen from the Office of Personnel Management and the Interior Department. Although no clear suspects have been identified, many are pointing fingers at China. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Consider this story from The Atlantic: “In October alone, Russian government hackers breached unclassified computer networks in the White House ...
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When I was in middle school, if you or a group of your friends forgot to study for an important test (or just more time was needed), you pulled the fire alarm just before the class, thus delaying the inevitable for one more day, in the hopes that one day would actually make a difference (which it usually did not). When I was in High School, the preferred method of reprieve was to claim to spot a funnel cloud. (My hometown and most schools were destroyed by a tornado a few years earlier) ...
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