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The 101 Series: Bypass Network TAPs Keepers of the Critical Link

Posted by George Bouchard on 3/28/17 8:00 AM

There are some great network tools on the market that provide protection for your organization's operations on the Internet. The problem with using them is that they can do the unthinkable by introducing a potential “point of failure” when inserted directly into the path of the Critical Link.

The Bypass TAP was developed specifically to resolve the problem of an in band security appliance causing a “point of failure”.

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Management, The 101 Series

[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

The Buffering Bluff on Aggregation TAPs

Posted by Chris Bihary on 12/15/16 8:00 AM

In a world of shrinking IT budgets, many are turning to network aggregating TAPs to reduce costs within their security and network monitoring programs. Because aggregating TAPs integrate multiple traffic flows into a single stream, IT can then purchase monitoring and security solutions with less port density per appliance.

However, there is a tradeoff. IT must ensure that the connected devices don’t become overwhelmed by traffic as network utilization rates increase and spikes occur. 

To combat short term bandwidth issues, some vendors have added buffering to their TAPs in an attempt to capture – and later transmit – any data that the monitoring port can’t handle in real time. Unfortunately, this is band aid approach and doesn’t actually solve the problem. Worse, it introduces new latency and timing issues into the environment.

If buffering is not the solution, what is?

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Topics: Network TAPs, Network Management

Inside Splunk, a New SIEM Solution for MSSPs

Posted by Chris Bihary on 11/29/16 8:00 AM

Splunk. The name is not very descriptive, but if you drop it in front of IT professional, they’ll know what you mean. This cloud-based platform for operational intelligence is a new and sophisticated big data tool, which gives even novice users the ability to process and analyze large reams of data on their own.

What does this mean, for the enterprise, exactly? Well, it means extracting precise intelligence from big data is now possible for an organization of any size, whether it has one server or thousands.

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Topics: Network Management, Network Security, Network Visibility/Monitoring

From Selling Solutions to Managing Security—Becoming a MSSP

Posted by Chris Bihary on 10/13/16 8:29 AM

We’ve discussed choosing the right managed security service provider (MSSP) in the past. However, understanding the inherent value of shifting to a hybrid approach to security with an MSSP is only half the battle.

The reality is that the same vendors that have sold you in-line security appliances for years are starting to become MSSPs themselves.

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Topics: Network Management, Network Security

What's the 2020 on Application Performance Management (APM)?

Posted by Chris Bihary on 9/22/16 8:00 AM

Cloud, firewalls, and even SDN are all some of the most well-known technologies currently in use. For the next part of our 2020 series, however, we're going to take a look under the hood at application performance management (APM).

This technology is the underpinning of massive networks that serve big-name applications (Facebook, Twitter, Google, and so on) to millions of people per day, without suffering so much as a hiccup. What does the future hold for APM?

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Topics: Network Management, Network Design, Technology Partners