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[Get the Data You Want] Simplify PCI DSS Compliance with an MSSP

Posted by Darrick Kristich on 4/20/17 9:04 AM

For years, the financial services industry was the most targeted industry for sophisticated cyber attackers (and some not so sophisticated). This was never too surprising—attackers often follow the money, starting with the low hanging fruit.

Out of all the credit card breaches that have been made public in the last several years, not many (if any) companies were truly compliant Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) compliance.

At the same time, being compliant also doesn’t mean that you are truly protecting the data that is important. 

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

[Video] How To Determine DHCP Option 60 Value Using Wireshark

Posted by Tony Fortunato on 4/11/17 8:00 AM

There are an increasing number of network attached devices, and trying to keep them organized gets to be challenging. Since different devices might require different IP configuration settings and statically configuring them isn’t realistic.

There are several approaches to deal with this.

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Topics: Network Visibility/Monitoring, Wireshark

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

[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)