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McAfee Resurrection - Can Real Collaboration Exist in the Security Ecosphere?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 4/25/17 8:00 AM

At Intel Security’s Focus 2016 conference, a small group of Security Innovation Alliance partners (SIA) gathered for an invitation-only session to learn about Intel Security changes - where the big 'McAfee is back' announcement was made.

This was an exciting and welcoming announcement for all to hear, because it allows for a pure-play security focus, as well as McAfee to once again be nimble.

However, the message that resonated with me the most was the overall encouragement for SIA partners to collaborate within the security ecosphere - which is the game changer.

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Topics: Network Security, Technology Partners

[Infographic] What Security Tools are you Deploying in your Network?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 4/18/17 8:00 AM

What tools are you deploying in your network? Are you securing your network with tools such as DDoS, NGFWs, Secure Sockets Layer or Data Loss Prevention?

There’s a TAP for that.


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Topics: Network TAPs, In Band Security Appliances

­­­MSSPs: The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Network Security

Posted by Chris Bihary on 4/13/17 8:00 AM

When firewalls emerged to protect networks in the early 1990s, outsourcing cyber security to a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) wasn’t even a consideration.

However, defending your network from sophisticated cyber attackers today requires a laundry list of appliances and applications, including: DDoS protection, intrusion prevention systems, web application firewalls, data loss prevention, security information and management, deep packet inspection, Wireshark, network analyzers, and lawful intercept. 

With so many requirements just from a hardware and software perspective, it’s easy for companies to become overwhelmed by their growing cyber security budget. Like many other aspects of your business, outsourcing security might make sense now—but do your research before deciding.

Before diving into the world of MSSPs, check out these pros and cons to see if outsourcing security is right for you.

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Topics: Network Security

[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

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)

Attacking the Cyber Security Skills Gap on the Ground Floor—Sponsoring the SECCDC

Posted by Chris Bihary on 3/2/17 8:05 AM

The statistics speak for themselves—the cyber security industry is facing a significant skills shortage.

But when people talk about this shortage, the discussion often centers on the need for ongoing training and education within the IT department.

In addition to ongoing training, we have to attack the cyber skills shortage on the ground floor. That’s why Garland Technology is sponsoring the 2017 Southeast Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (SECCDC).

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