Practical tips for preventing Ransomware

Crypto ransomware seems to be a never-ending threat in today’s cyber world. It’s comparable to the “Kaiju” in the 2013 Hollywood blockbuster, Pacific Rim. One crypto ransomware dies and another is born that has more evolved features. The second half of 2017 witnessed back-to-back outbreaks of Wannacry, Petya, NotPetya and BadRadbbit ransomware.

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GDPR Considerations for Companies Outside the European Union

On May 25th, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable under law in the European Union (EU). It fundamentally changes how businesses (and the public sector) must handle information relating to their customers, giving greater protection to individuals and harmonizing the laws for data-handling across the EU. So, if this is an EU law then, […]

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Putting Reliability at the Forefront of Network Engineering

In March, I had the pleasure of co-presenting at Open Networking Summit about Network Reliability Engineering, and had several awesome discussions around the conference about the impact automation is having on our industry. How are we supposed to keep up with all of the SDN, NFV, Intent-based Networking, and automation news we see every day.

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The Collateral Damage of DDoS Attacks – Part 1. What is what

ISP networks are part of the backbone of the Internet—and carry any and every security threat. Most threats are not considered by the ISP, since they do not harm their own infrastructure, they are just another packet flow. While this is true for application-level and state-exhaustion DDoS attacks, ransomware infection, malware distribution, and so on, […]

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Seven Deadly Deceptions of Network Automation

The greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions. – Leonardo da Vinci “Network automation does not an automated network make.” Those same words started my formative pieceon DevNetOps. It reasoned that we must elevate DevOps culture, processes and principles above technology, end random acts of network automation, and instead pursue holistically automated network engineering and […]

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The Fourth Network Revolution

We stand in the midst of a technological revolution. The complexity, scale, and more importantly, the pace, are unlike anything humankind has experienced before. The speed of current technological breakthroughs is disrupting almost every industry in every country while the breadth and depth of these disruptions are fundamentally altering the way we live, work, and […]

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No IP no future?

Content producers, broadcasters, and service providers must have high-speed interconnections for the distribution of programs, playout, over-the-top streaming, and live events. IP promises economies of scale, workflow agility, and better integration into the corporate business networks and cloud computing.

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Automation requires built-in, not bolt-on, monitoring

The industry is ablaze with talk about automation and DevOps. The proliferation of tools across the rest of IT infrastructure has created pressure on networking teams to automate. And with the dynamic requirements underpinning cloud, they must.arti However, automation is not a new thing in networking.

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PwC Research: The Cloud Will Block Out the Sun

PwC Research: The Cloud Will Block Out the Sun Previously, I had posted a blog about the results of PwC research about the changing design criteria for data center networking. Follow-on blogs detailed the insights gleaned from that research. Namely, security has risen to the top position in IT priorities for data center networking, and automation is […]

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