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Packet Challenge at Sharkfest - A Great Way to Test Your Skills!

Posted by Chris Greer on 6/20/17 8:00 AM

This year at Sharkfest, Garland Technology is sponsoring the group packet challenge (Thank you!).

As packet-heads, we all enjoy digging through trace files and finding the hidden gems that lead to resolving a problem. If most of our capturing experience is from a single network or enterprise, it can be hard to grow in new areas and pick up new tricks in packet analysis. Sharkfest is an excellent way to hone our skills and bring our art of analysis to a new level.

The group packet challenge at Sharkfest is designed to bring together Wireshark users from all skill levels in a timed team event. Participants are given several trace files and a question sheet, then as a team they race to find the answers. Typically, the packet challenge will require them to use areas of Wireshark that they may not be as familiar with, which can teach them new things about the analyzer in a fun setting. 
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Topics: Network TAPs, Events & News, Wireshark, Sharkfest

[New Product] Garland Introduces Scalable Visibility with Passive Fiber Modular Chassis up to 100G

Posted by Chris Bihary on 5/18/17 9:00 AM

“How do you scale your network infrastructure to support multiple monitoring tools (at varying network speeds) without adding additional infrastructure - while still ensuring data quality?”

This is the problem we have been hearing in the last few years. Data centers (D1 & D2) and enterprise networks have many challenges and two of the big ones are providing the IT department anytime access to full-duplex traffic, while guaranteeing full packet capture. Now layer on top of that a stack of 1G legacy monitoring tools in addition to the migration to 10G/40G and 100G speeds.

To this problem, we introduce a solution:
Garland Technology’s new Passive Fiber Modular Chassis.

A flexible, scalable and affordable high density solution for managing up to 24 links in a 1U box at network speeds of 1G/10G/40G/100G.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Data Center, Events & News, Network Visibility/Monitoring

Garland Technology's Continued Commitment to Buffalo, New York

Posted by Chris Bihary on 5/4/17 8:00 AM

It was a great day to be a Western New Yorker, as Garland Technology pledged its commitment to the community when it opened its new office at 199 Delaware Ave. in the heart of downtown Buffalo.

With Mayor Byron Brown, Senator Tim Kennedy and Congressman Sean Ryan all on hand, Garland Technology CEO/Co-Founder Chris Bihary, along with family and friends, cut the ribbon on the recently renovated building.

The new office in downtown Buffalo shows the commitment that Garland Technology has to the WNY community. Garland is committed to growing their technology brand globally by utilizing the local workforce.

Join us for a video recap and tour of the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

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Topics: Events & News

SharkFest Europe: A Common Interest to Better Learn How to Analyze Captured Network Traffic

Posted by Erik Hjelmvik on 11/24/16 8:00 AM

For packet geeks like me, the annual Wireshark conference SharkFest is the place to be in order to meet and network with other packet geeks. However, for various reasons I haven't been able to attend SharkFest before. So when my friend Jasper Bongertz mentioned that there was going to be a SharkFest conference here in Europe I felt that this was a chance I just couldn't miss.

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Topics: Events & News, Network Visibility/Monitoring, Wireshark

[Video] It-sa - IT Security Expo and Congress 2016 Post Show Recap

Posted by Timur Ozcan on 10/27/16 8:00 AM

In my six years of exhibiting at the it-sa IT Security Messe and Kongress in Nuremberg, Germany I’ve seen notable changes and significant growth of both the Expo and the trade visitors.

This year the topics on everyone’s minds were identification and prevention of DDoS attacks, Malware and Ransomware as well as all matters about Cyber Security.

Do you know what's going on in your network?

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Topics: TAPs vs SPAN, Events & News, Network Security

[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