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It’s Not Wiretapping—It’s Network Tapping

Posted by Randy Clark on 3/23/17 8:00 AM

We all know those old mobster movies, right? Where the cops are tapping phone lines to take down America’s most wanted criminals.

Or if you need a more recent example, you can think of all of the surveillance involved in HBO’s The Wire. And then there’s the current social chatter around surveillance that we don’t have to get into.

For 40 years, we’ve labeled all of these situations with the same word—wiretapping. But words matter and it’s time to get ourselves out of the 1970s.

Today, it’s not wiretapping—it’s network tapping.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Visibility/Monitoring

[Infographic] Are You Monitoring a 1G, 10G, 40G or 100G Network?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/21/17 8:00 AM

What tools are you deploying in your network?

Are you monitoring out-of-band with tools like Wireshark, forensics, Intrusion Detection Systems, Security Information and Event Management or Application Performance Monitoring?

Monitoring today's network speeds of 1G/10G/40G/100G requires 100% packet capture to ensure the tool(s) have all the data it need to perform it's job.

Follow your network path in this new interactive infographic and pick which tool you are using and then see which network TAP will work best for your solution.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Visibility/Monitoring

Taking the Pain Out of HIPAA Compliance [Get the Data You Want]

Posted by Darrick Kristich on 3/16/17 8:56 AM

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was enacted in 1996 to keep sensitive patient data safe. It’s security rules have been published since 2003, and yet, nearly 35% of the record-setting number of reported data breaches in 2016 happened in the healthcare industry.

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Topics: Network Security, Network Packet Brokers

The 101 Series: Filtering TAPs

Posted by George Bouchard on 3/14/17 8:00 AM

In our 101 network TAP series, we have explained the functionality of the various network TAPs that are available to gain access to the traffic that is typically found in a network. We have reviewed passive fiber TAPs, copper network TAPs, aggregation TAPs, SPAN/regeneration TAPs and the bypass TAP.  

Now we have a new 1U or 2U Chassis System that supports our filtering TAPs – which for you, means an affordable 1G Packet Broker System that can do it all in one box. 

Read on to see what filtering can do for your network…

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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Network Design, The 101 Series, Network Packet Brokers

[Video] Weird by Works: Fixing Drag and Drop With VMware Workstation 12

Posted by Tony Fortunato on 3/9/17 8:00 AM

VMWARE and virtual machines in general should be a very important part of your tool kit.  Virtual environments allow you to better familiarize yourself with different operating systems or test without affecting your real environment or equipment. Applications such as GNS3, Packet Tracer are great network simulators and VMWARE and VBOX are examples of computer operating system emulators.

I thought I would share what I figured out when working with VMWARE workstation and Microsoft Windows guest operating system.

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Topics: Network Management, Network Visibility/Monitoring

Network TAPs or Packet Brokers for Software-Defined Networks?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/7/17 8:00 AM

Centralized, programmatic control of the network—this was the major promise software-defined networking (SDN) offered when it first emerged. We’re getting there, but if the last few years have shown us anything it’s that realizing lofty SDN goals is anything but easy.

Now might not be the time to implement an a prior data model with an SDN protocol like OpenFlow, but you can still lay the groundwork for SDN in 2017.

The only question is how.

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Topics: Data Center, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Software Defined Networking (SDN)