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5 Things That Keep Network Engineers Up At Night

Your network continues to face a barrage of security threats, and devices such as firewalls and security tools have increased in number and complexity. With this evolution do you still have insight into these 5 basic questions.  Issue #1 "What devices do I have on my network?"Issue #2 "Do I even know when a change has been made to a devic...
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GNSS Security and Cybersecurity: What are the Parallels?

​In December 2015, Ukraine suffered sporadic power outages due to cyberattacks against three of their regional power companies. Hackers exploited deficiencies in the companies' network security architecture to disrupt operations and insert malware that would cause issues during restoration efforts. The US National Cybersecurity and Communications I...
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Videotron signs up Samsung for LTE-A, 5G rollouts

​South Korean technology vendor Samsung has announced that it will provide 4G LTE-A and 5G radio access network (RAN) solutions to Canadian mobile operator and cableco Videotron. Starting in early 2020, Samsung will deliver LTE-A solutions across Quebec and Ottawa including Massive MIMO and dual-band base stations, alongside 5G solutions using 3.5G...
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Monitoring the Industry 4.0 Network Infrastructure with IOTA

​The Internet of Things, commonly known as IoT, is no longer the "next big thing". In the last two decades, the technology has evolved massively transforming the industrial and manufacturing operations. But there are also other hot topics that are just as prevalent, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Chances are that you mig...
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Competition Bureau backs regional carriers, MVNOs in mobile sector review

​Canada's Competition Bureau has published a submission to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC's) mobile market review, in which it says consumers could save substantially on their wireless bills if major national cellcos Bell, Rogers and Telus were faced with more competition from regional carriers like Freedom Mo...
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NMSaaS - Webinar - IoT Management for Service Providers and Enterprises

​Date: Thursday December 5th, 2019 Time: 2 pm EST  Join us for an in-depth look at how NMSaaS is empowering Service Providers and Enterprises to fulfill the promise of IoT data. For years IoT has been the "next thing", but until very recently real use cases have been few and far between.Now, NMSaaS can show you how we are delivering real,...
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Rogers lights up 5G campus

Rogers Communications and the University of British Columbia (UBC) have switched on Canada's first 5G-powered smart campus, involving 5G base stations throughout UBC's Point Grey campus and an edge computing enabled data centre, which will be used by university researchers to test 5G applications in a real-world setting. Rogers' CTO Jorge Fernandes...
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3 Network Performance Monitoring Metrics to Deal with Performance Degradation

In my 20+ years career, I've worked with two types of technologies. Those that took extensive marketing efforts to communicate their value and failed to deliver it, as well as technologies that proved themselves quickly during a single day. Network performance monitoring using flow data is the second case. In this post, I share my experience with N...
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Cybersecurity Checklist for Secure Timing

​Network cybersecurity is top of mind these days for both government agencies and commercial enterprise. As the heart of network synchronization, time and frequency systems should include a standard suite of security features that give network administrators confidence in the cybersecurity protocols of their time servers. This is our philosophy at ...
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Viavi - NetFlow vs Packet Data

​IT managers and engineers are constantly challenged to maintain application performance, stay ahead of security breaches and resolve complex network problems. Two of the more powerful data sources available today are NetFlow (IPFIX) and packet data, which have been helping network and security teams gain clear visibility into the network for years...
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Spectracom - Latest SecureSync and Netclock 9400 Update Files

Update Files for SecureSync/NetClock 9400 to version 5.8.6 The following files, corresponding to version 5.8.6, are available for download here: the software update file, the update instructions for SecureSync, update instructions for NetClock 9400, release notes for SecureSync and release notes for NetClock 9400. If you have been instructed to "cl...
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Cubic Telecom and Rogers Communications to provide connected car service

​Cubic Telecom and Rogers Communications have teamed up to provide connected car services for Canadians, integrating Cubic's PACE (Platform for Application and Connectivity Enablement) and connected vehicle solution with Rogers' nationwide mobile network, with coverage also provided in the US via roaming. Rogers says it is able to support seamless ...
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Infosim - Firewall Configuration/Network Configuration and Change Management (NCCM)

​Turn on any "techy" TV show or movie these days and you are bound to see some reference to hackers trying to break into corporate or government networks by breaching firewalls. While many of the scenarios are unrealistic as they are portrayed onscreen, the real-life battle between security vendors and hackers does go on. In their effort to defeat ...
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Security Spends on prevention, detection and remediation

​Security is a big concern for every business and yet high-profile breaches continue to hit the headlines. This shows hackers will find a way through the most robust security measures if the prize is lucrative enough.  Preventative security in-depth isn't enough to save you, your data or your reputation. Did you know that organizations current...
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How to Implement Security Monitoring For Critical Infrastructure

​I ran across an interesting statistic a couple weeks ago. According to a Ponemon Institute, report titled "The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry", 68 percent of security and risk managers reported losing confidential information or experiencing disruption over the previous year. The existence of security breaches for the last fi...
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Hybrid IT Monitoring: The ABCs of Network Visibility

​The recently released 2019 State of the Cloud report by RightScale found that 58% of 800 technical professionals surveyed use a hybrid strategy [1]. Combining on-premises, virtual, and cloud-based resources offers great flexibility, but managing hybrid IT is also more complex. IT teams need new strategies to monitor their hybrid infrastructure eff...
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How to Protect Your NTP Server from Cyberattacks

​Network experts already know that distributing the correct time is key to maintaining their critical infrastructure programs. However, keeping accurate time is also fundamental to many cybersecurity applications. Certificates have an expiration date attached to them, and system logs frequently contain time stamps that operators rely on for diagnos...
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Ixia - Exposing Hidden Security Threats and Network Attacks

How do you ensure maximum service availability while protecting and securing your enterprise? IT departments have been wrestling with this problem for years. Virtualization and mobility are expanding the traditional network boundary, which means data and assets no longer sit in a single location behind a firewall.  Network security monitoring ...
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Orolia Case Study - Banking on BroadShield

​Why This Case Study is Relevant It demonstrates the importance of installing anti-jam and anti-spoofing software. Background  ​A major international financial services provider was experiencing issues in their lab environment with its GNSS-based timing systems. GNSS reception was being intermittently lost and the customer didn't know why. Rat...
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Xplornet expanding Eastern Ontario ‘5G-ready’ fixed-wireless broadband with federal assistance

​Canada's leading rural fixed-wireless broadband provider Xplornet Communications has announced an initiative to deploy '5G-ready' 100Mbps services to an additional 80,000 rural homes and businesses in Eastern Ontario, supported by rollout of over 600km of fibre infrastructure. Assisted by a contribution of up to CAD16 million (USD12.2 million) fro...
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