As 5G is rolled out globally, mobile carriers will benefit from significant revenue opportunities driven by growth in the mobile market, from better customer service to new 5G-enabled business models. However, the industry also recognises that 5G will dramatically raise the stakes for those who are tasked with ensuring the security and reliability of these networks.
As the demand for bandwidth continues to grow, the migration from 100G to 400G will be the next developmental step in data centre architecture. Research from Crehan Research Inc. shows that shipments of 10GbE and 40GbE data centre switches each declined in 2018, while 25GbE and 100GbE continued to grow significantly, signalling that we are now solidly in the 100/25GbE era.
Data exfiltration is a form of security breach that occurs when an organisations data is copied, transferred or retrieved from a computer or server without authorisation. Data exfiltration can be difficult to detect, as it is often the last stage of a cyber security attack, once compromised the malware orchestrating the attack can lay dormant until the point of data exfiltration or it can take data little by little over time. It can do this because it involves the transfer or moving of data within and outside a network, which closely resembles or mimics typical network traffic, allowing substantial data loss incidents to fly under the radar.
Security analytics and network visibility tools used by defenders collect as much useful data as possible to improve anomaly detection accuracy. This gives defenders proactive network security monitoring and alerting for attempted cyber-attacks or incidents that are in progress.
A new report found that last year there had been a 400% increase in SSL-based phishing threats, criminals are increasingly using encryption as part of their toolkit to evade detection and launch malware
In terms of DDoS attacks, 2019 has started with a bang! At the end of January reports surfaced of a massive DDoS attack that generated over 500 million packets per second, which was significantly larger than last year’s GitHub attack, which peaked at 129.6 million packets per second.
The definition of packet duplication is pretty simple; a duplicate packet is any packet that is identical to another packet. However, just because it’s easy to define doesn’t mean it doesn’t cause a significant headache for Network Engineers and System Analysts.
The view of the cyber threat landscape is very different depending on your perspective, this perspective is defined by what type of network you are protecting. Targeted cyber-attacks use an increasing catalogue of clever tactics and innovative attack vectors which are reshaping corporate and governmental security strategies, while wreaking havoc in consumer markets.
Security Analysts within the SecOps, DevOps, Security Operations Centre (SOC), Incident Response and Threat Intel teams are often overloaded with information produced by their cyber security tools. This issue is even more problematic in Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems’s (IDS) at carrier scale, leading to ‘Alert Fatigue’ and false positives.
A network security team can only fight what they can see, an organisation’s network security depends on their ability to rapidly detect and respond to emerging threats across their infrastructure, whether that is Tier 1 Operator, Enterprise or Cloud Provider. However, attack methods and strategies are constantly evolving, making threat detection an always-moving target. A good base to start from is understanding what type of threats may lurking in your network, these threats look very different depending on throughput of network traffic.
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