About Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk

Carl Weinschenk is an IT and telecommunications journalist with extensive industry experience. He's written for CableWorld, Internet Week and many other publications. He's currently a contributor to Broadband Technology Report and he also runs Weinschenk Editorial Services.

Here’s a sentence that hasn't been written too often. It's one that is music to the ears of security pros and the organizations for which they work: "There is some good news about ransomware." Ransomware of course is an existential threat in which a computer or computer system is taken over by hackers who prevent access to files unless a ransom is paid. The good news is that the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center said that last year ransomware attacks fell. The reduction was not incidental: 2,673 attacks were reported in 2016 and 1,783 last year ...

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If things work out the way proponents hope, software-defined WANs will make tying corporate locations together far more efficient, increase functionality and reduce costs. SD-WANs are an implementation of software-defined networks. Today, network elements are purpose-built physical devices. If a company wants a firewall to protect an office, it calls a service provider or carrier who sends out a guy – it always was a guy – with a firewall in a truck. He deploys it into the network ...

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It's an interesting time in telecommunications because the fundamental approaches to carrying data are changing in dramatic ways. Two changes are particularly impactful: virtualization and 5G. Virtualization is the core concept behind software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV), both of which are massively impactful. The other great change is in wireless. The industry is on the cusp of the 5G plunge, which will have massive ramifications as well ...

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The single day in 2017 that will resonate into the future for the broadband industry is December 14. On that day, the US's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to gut net neutrality. It did this by recategorizing broadband internet as an information service. In 2015, Barack Obama's FCC had classified it as a telecommunication service under Title I of the Telecommunications Act. This is a huge change that will upend how ISPs are regulated. It is unclear, of course, how this all will hash out. But here are some possible impacts ...

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