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VIAVI'S State of the Network Study 2018

As hybrid IT migration escalates, 65 percent of IT teams are responsible for resolving cloud issues, according to 11th annual State of the Network Study. ​ VIAVI released the results of its 11th annual State of the Network global study. Findings demonstrate that a significant portion of enterprise IT teams are unsure how to handle cloud migration c...
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Cybersecurity – the Rising Challenge of the 21st Century

The internet has grown to a point where we cannot imagine life without it. From the beginning of the 21st century, we've seen an incredible growth in the amount of people that have access to the internet, with around 40% of the world population having an internet connection today. In 1995, it was less than 1%. While mankind benefits enormously from...
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Xplornet Announces Mobile Launch Plan

Canadian rural fixed-wireless broadband operator Xplornet yesterday revealed that it will launch 4G LTE mobile network services in Manitoba this autumn under the Xplore Mobile brand. Xplornet obtained mobile 700MHz/1700MHz/2500MHz frequencies for the province in March 2017 in a windfall from Bell Canada's takeover of Manitoba Telecom Services, unde...
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The Associated Expenses That Add To The Cost of a Ransomware Attack

Organizations typically consider two figures when attempting to calculate the cost of a ransomware attack: the ransom demand and the cost of recovering data. But more goes into restoring a system than those two factors, judging from the recovery efforts organizations mounted following recent ransomware attacks. Temporary staff increases, consu...
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Business Benefits of Network Behavior Analysis

When we talk about the business value of a tool or a system that (at first point) may seem like a "nice to have" or "helpful but not absolutely necessary" technology or system, it is good idea to start this discussion by putting some things in perspective. Business in this day and age depend on ensuring (at least) confidentiality, integrity and ava...
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One Way To Stop The IT Blame Game

How well does your company communicate internally? Specifically, how well do your IT departments communicate with each other? Enterprises typically contain four or more IT sub departments ( Security , Network Operations , Virtual DC, Capacity Planning , Service Desk, Compliance, etc.) and it's quite common for them to be at odds with each other, ev...
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Why is Timestamping Important for Packet Capture

Everything happening on the network is time sensitive, that's why timestamps are extremely important when we're talking about packet capture and analysis. This feature can not only prevent and analyze cyber attacks, but it can also allow you to examine trends and network latency.  Network packet timestamping can be used to investigate various ...
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DNS Traffic Analysis - Make networks more secure

It's quite easy to overlook the Domain Name System (DNS) and the critical role it plays across the internet and in local intranets. This is largely because, despite our everyday reliance on DNS, it is basically transparent to users and it's taken for granted that it will just work. When an ordinary person opens a web browser and types in something ...
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The Advent of Tightly Synchronized Clocks in Distributed Systems

The last decade has brought a paradigm shift in computing systems from single processor devices whose performance plateaued to distributed computing systems. In distributed systems, nodes execute concurrently with limited information about what the other nodes are executing at the moment. Thus, a fundamental problem in distributed sy...
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Network Configuration & Change Management Best Practices with StableNet®

Solution Strengths comprehensive solution for Configuration , Performance and Fault Management unified code base eliminates need for fault prone module/product integration ultra scalable architecture, nothing gets added that could impact scalability End-to-End awareness delivers automated dependencies, root cause and delivers massive automation benefits ROI in months, not years A truly ‘‘VendorAgnostic“ Solution supports many different network hardware manufacturers, including Cisco, Huawei, Jun...
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Measuring Device Latency with the ProfiShark

Mike Penacchi shows us how to use the SPAN mode of the ProfiShark while determining and comparing the latency introduced by a Microtik configured to use NAT; determining the latency that a device adds to the network can be difficult. In this video, Mike with Network Protocol Specialists, LLC; shows how the ProfiShark can be used to a...
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Network Performance Monitoring: The ABCs of Network Visibility

According to research conducted by Enterprise Management Associates in October of 2016, 41% of IT personnel spend over 50% of their time working on network and application performance problems . Additional research cited by ExtraHop shows that tactical network data loses 70% of its value after 30 minutes. This makes the speed and accuracy of monito...
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FIVE REASONS WHY BANNING USB DRIVES IS A GOOD SECURITY PRACTICE

IBM banning its employees from using removable storage devices, like USB sticks, received extensive media coverage, even though the US CERT warned against using USB drives in 2011. Why are USB and other removal drives still relevant and why is it a good idea to not use them? REMOVABLE DISKS ARE STILL USED BY ATTACKERS While you'd think that using U...
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Keeping Your Clocks Accurate

Electronic clocks control critical functions in many applications. However, clocks are often designed for low cost rather than for keeping accurate time. Even fairly accurate computer clocks will vary due to manufacturing defects, changes in temperature, electric and magnetic interference, the age of the quartz crystal, or even system load. Even th...
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Cogeco gains more 2500MHz spectrum via purchase from Kian

Cogeco Communications has acquired ten spectrum licences in the 2500MHz paired band from Kian Telecom, for CAD8 million (USD6 million). The licences cover a population of over 1.5 million in non-metropolitan areas of Ontario. The transfer was approved by Innovation, Science & Economic Development (ISED) Canada on 21 June. Luc Noiseux, CTO at Co...
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Visibility is Security

While security experts may disagree on exactly how to secure a network, one thing they all agree on is that you cannot defend against what you cannot see. In other words, network visibility IS network security. Visibility needs to be the starting the point. After that, you can implement whatever appliances, processes, and configurations you need to...
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Rogers’ IPTV service available for Ontario customers

Cableco Rogers has begun providing its Ignite TV IPTV service to customers in Ontario, following trials with company employees, MobileSyrup reported. Although so far a low-key launch with no major advertising campaign, Rogers' website shows details of the new service, based on Comcast's X1 technology. Features include: Instant On Demand (accessing ...
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4 Key Factors When Planning Business Continuity For Your Contact Centre

​ Customers are the lifeblood of any business, and for many companies, your contact centre is the front line for interacting with these customers.Despite the importance, few companies have a comprehensive disaster recovery and business continuity plan in place for their contact centre. Many back-office functions can be performed by employees from t...
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HOW RANSOMWARE ATTACKS HAVE CHANGED ONE YEAR AFTER WANNACRY AND NOTPETYA

Ransomware continues to garner headlines. However, this particular blight appears to be abating. Since 2015, the number of ransomware families and variants has decreased by about 50 percent. For organizations fighting this threat, this means that ransomware is no longer the in vogue malware. At the height of ransomware attacks in 2015, anyone who w...
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FAQ: Is Spectracom’s New Anti-Jam Antenna Right for Me?

Spectracom has introduced a new Anti-Jam (AJ) antenna for its GNSS-based timing systems that combats interference by limiting the antenna's reception near the horizon. The ante​nna's beam is focused at the zenith – where most of the GNSS satellites are – and away from the horizon, where most interference comes from. Q. So, should I use it in my sys...
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