If you want to become a network engineer, you’re really going to like what I’m about to tell you.
Do you know why?
Because you’re about to discover that becoming a network engineer takes way less time and money than you probably think.
But before we dive into it, let’s talk about a big fat lie we’ve all been told:
If you’ve been living on this planet for most of your life, and you want to become a network engineer, you’ve probably heard of the endless number of requirements that you need to break into the field, haven’t you?
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Here’s how it usually goes: first, they tell us that we need a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or Computer Engineering.
Then, they tell us that we need industry-recognized certifications from tech companies such as Cisco, Microsoft or Juniper.
And lastly, that we need somewhere between 5-10 years of experience in IT or something along those lines to be able to become a network engineer.
I’m not making this up. As I write this, the number one Google result for the query “how to become a network engineer,” says exactly that… (go check for yourself if you don’t believe me).
Anyway, by that logic, and if my math isn’t too far off, getting a degree, a couple certs and enough experience to become a network engineer should take you somewhere around 10 years…
“Secure SD-WAN is becoming the most significant WAN service for enterprise organizations for its ability to facilitate digital innovation via business-aware connectivity in a growing hybrid environment. This represents both a challenge and an opportunity for service providers who must deliver efficient, scalable and secure SD-WAN services to facilitate increased ROI, create new value-added services, and drive revenue and market share growth. The integration of Fortinet’s industry-leading Secure SD-WAN solution with Amdocs’ orchestration platform enables service providers to efficiently deliver a pre-integrated and automated service that meets enterprise needs while optimizing their costs and accelerating time to market.”
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Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), a global leader in broad, integrated and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced the integration of Fortinet secure SD-WAN with Amdocs’ extensible orchestration solution to empower service providers to deliver managed SD-WAN and security services across customer premises, data centers and the cloud, while reducing deployment and operational costs.
The ability of service providers to deliver scalable commercial SD-WAN and security services traditionally requires significant investment in time and resources. The solution and partners’ ecosystem on which these services are based on may require complex integration and testing that will result in a long time to market and high costs. In the very competitive and fast evolving service offering market for SD-WAN and security, the pre-integrated solution from Fortinet and Amdocs significantly reduces the time and effort required for the solution’s onboarding within a service provider’s environment – thus providing accelerated time to market, reduced costs and improved return on investment.
The expression “hindsight is 20/20” couldn’t be truer for software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN). To summarize the past few years: Cloud computing and digital transformation drove companies to re-evaluate traditional WAN technology, which no longer met their growing business needs. That’s when SD-WAN emerged as a promising new technology.
SD-WAN was designed to address the problem of traffic management from physical devices and to enable software-based provisioning from the cloud. Many initial SD-WAN deployments were fueled by the desire to replace expensive multi-protocol label switching (MPLS). Companies were hopeful that it could magically solve all their networking problems. But in practice, basic SD-WAN solutions fell well short on this promise.
Fast forward to the present, and much of the hype surrounding SD-WAN has settled, and early implementations are behind us. Now it’s time to look back on what we learned in 2019 and what to improve upon in 2020. So, let’s dive in.
In this post we take a look at two different network technologies; SD-WAN vs MPLS. Both are still widely used in networking today. There’s a lot of different opinions out there on which is better. A Software Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN for short), is certainly the latest of the two services. Whereas the history of MPLS (Multi Protocol Level Switching) dates back to the early 1990’s.
Which has the better performance for your network?
What are the connectivity requirements of each?
Which has better security?
All good questions. We have two explainer videos below to answer those questions and more.
One of the questions we get asked quite a bit is, “Will SD-WAN replace MPLS as the leading network technology?” A lot of agenda and a lot of voices and a lot of opinions on this topic. But we’re going to look into some facts. What makes an MPLS network or an SD-WAN network? What are the features that make one more compelling than the other?
Basically, a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is a contract between a provider of a service or product and a customer that could require inventory restocking, repairs or on-going enhancements. It commits suppliers to having resources ready and it commits the customer to on-going payments. Plus, itgets both parties protected when there needs to be future work done.
The transfer of responsibilities to a supplier from an organization is called outsourcing. This new arrangement is managed through contracts that could include more than one SLA. The contract could involve financial penalties if metrics of SLA are consistently missed, or more severe penalties. Managing, tracking and setting SLAs happen to be important aspects of the outsourcing relationship management (ORM) discipline.
Typically, there are negotiations done on specific SLAs up front as part of the contract of outsourcing and these are used as one of the main outsourcing governance tools. Here is a course entitled The Ultimate Guide to Outsourcing that will enable you to discover how your business can be outsourced to full time employees and freelancers.
Since 2014, CIOs have flagged cybersecurity as either their first or second most important IT management issue in the venerable IT Trends Study from the Society for Information Management. Yet in 2013, cybersecurity came in just seventh in that same survey. What happened in a year? The infamous Target data breach, which resulted in an $18.5 million fine and the ignominious departure of Target’s CEO.
The cascading series of disastrous, high-profile breaches since then makes the Target breach seem almost quaint. The message is clear: Year over year, the risk of career-ending breaches looms larger as threats continue to balloon in number and potency.
Pity the poor CSO in the hotseat. Understandably, some feel compelled to jump on every new threat with a point solution, which plays right into the security software industry’s marketing strategy. But no organization’s cybersecurity budget is infinite. How can CSOs possibly determine how to allocate their defensive resources most effectively?
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The simple answer is twofold: Rationally prioritize risk and, at the same time, make the most of the useful defenses you already have in place. Few dispute that unpatched software and social engineering (including phishing) represent the highest risk in most organizations, followed by password cracking and software misconfiguration. Cut through political and operational barriers to ensuring prompt patching, establish an effective security awareness program, train your ops folks to lock down configurations, and put two-factor authentication in place…and you’ll reduce your overall risk by a magnitude.
Sure, anyone can reel off other big risks and vulnerabilities. If you’re operating an electric utility, for example, you need to understand highly targeted threats to critical infrastructure and how to defend against them. And when malicious hackers do inevitably breach your perimeter, the Zero Trust trend of instituting pervasive authentication among systems shows real promise in stopping attacks from moving laterally through organizations.
IT systems – wherever they may be located – are at risk from unauthorised intrusion, theft and sabotage.
Geographical boundaries are being dismantled and threats can come from the other side of the world in a split second. The weakest link in a company’s IT security is constantly on display – every second, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
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More and more processes and devices are being connected to the Internet, and IT security should therefore be integrated into all the systems involved. Robust, integrated defence systems can enable a company’s IT systems to withstand cyberattacks and to safeguard against events such as system crashes, data loss and unauthorised access.
Any investment in cyber security should be made on the basis of the business case. It is important to find a solution that supports the business and doesn’t stifle efficiency.
Software bugs can lead not only to material losses, but also can damage human's health. For example, actors on the stage of a theatre can get injured if suddenly one of the scenery begins to go down on the stage at the wrong time. However, the connection between the errors in code and the health damage of medical software is more obvious. Let's talk about this topic.
This article focuses on the teams of developers who create the programs for a medical equipment. I hope they will not stay indifferent and will check their code. Let's recall two famous cases where errors in programs, related to medicine, became the reason for bad news.
Firstly, it is a series of tragic events caused by the errors in the Therac-25 device of radiation therapy. This device has caused at least six overdoses of radiation within the period from June 1985 to January 1987, some patients received doses of tens of thousands of rad. At least two people died directly from the radiation overdoses. Software bugs of the device were the reason of the tragedies and the main problem was the incorrect security strategy.
The group of researchers found serious shortcomings in the WPA2 protocol, which provides protection for all modern Wi-Fi networks. An attacker who is in the victim's area can use these shortcomings using Key Reinstallation Attacks. Attackers can use this new attack method to read information that was previously considered to be encrypted.
UPD: the post was updated with partial details of the attack and the list of vendor updates.
Performing daily tasks of the system administrator is considered safe when working through the SSH session. This article will discuss modern tools for conducting MITM attacks on the SSH protocol and how to protect against them.