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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

[eBook] The 101 on Network TAPs - the Definative Guide

Posted by Randy Clark on 1/24/17 8:00 AM

As a sales leader, my day is filled with training and educating resellers, network professionals and new Garland team members on the different types of network TAPs available. Depending on who I'm talking with, the conversation can be an overview of how TAPs work, the variety of functions performed by TAPs and what network scenarios network TAPs are commonly used with.

I discovered early on, that there weren't any resources for network TAP training and teamed up with our engineers and experts to create a blog series called The 101 on Network TAPs. The blog series has been so successful, we took excerpts of the key learning concepts and created a comprehensive TAP training guide.

Today, I'm pleased to introduce our new eBook, The 101 on Network TAPs - The Networking Users Guide, this is a definitive guide explaining the same concepts I explain everyday.

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Topics: Network TAPs, The 101 Series

Is There A Difference? Bypass Switch vs. Bypass TAP

Posted by Randy Clark on 9/7/16 8:00 AM

I love talking with people and listening to what they say and how they say it. The IT world loves acronyms, tech terms and jargon, but what surprises me is that manufacturer’s, resellers, technology partners and end users all define terms a little differently.

For example, let’s dig into the difference between a Bypass Switch - and a Bypass TAP.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Security, In Band Security Appliances

[Video] Where Would You TAP?

Posted by Randy Clark on 7/21/16 8:00 AM

Is a perfect ice-breaker question when you are exhibiting at CiscoLive! Las Vegas. In fact for those of you that joined Chris Bihary’s presentation, “Find Your Blind Spots,” in the Cisco Security Partner Village, you’ll recall our goal was for you to go home with two facts:

  • Where to TAP it
  • How to keep it [network] up

I am always surprised at how many network professionals still are not aware that network TAPs are the best practice for 100% network uptime, visiblity and access. At least 50% of the attendees at Chris’ presentation were still using SPAN/Mirror ports when deploying network monitoring tools and not utilizing Bypass TAPs for their Cisco ASA/FirePOWER security tools.

Let me be blunt and say, “This is just crazy, what are you thinking?”

And here’s a few reasons why…

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Topics: TAPs vs SPAN, Events & News, Cisco Solutions

Sharkfest 2016 – Feeding Wireshark Every Bit, Byte and Packet®

Posted by Randy Clark on 6/23/16 8:00 AM

Insights from a first-timer by Randy Clark.

Garland Technology and our CEO/Co-Founder Chris Bihary have been attending and presenting at Sharkfest since its inception in 2008, this was my first dive into Sharkfest and the Wireshark community.

What I enjoyed most was how truly engaged the attendees were. The majority of my interactions were with network engineers that were inquisitive on how network TAPs integrated with Wireshark.

However, my favorite and most common question was, “There are four TAP vendors here, what makes Garland different?”

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Topics: Network TAPs, Events & News, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Technology Partners, Wireshark