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Smart OOB™unlocks the IoT potential

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic that promises much but is still in its infancy. The concept can unlock innovative new services, improved efficiency and the potential for cost reduction in areas like maintenance and support. However, a large portion of the devices that can benefit from this evolution; everything from vending machines to traffic lights, were never deployed with the ability to connect seamlessly through the internet. Worse still many of the devices that are IoT enabled have little connection resiliency if the primary network should become unavailable.


IT Management is a Marathon not a Sprint

Running a marathon Watching the preparations for the Boston Marathon last month and more recently the Edinburgh Marathon this past weekend, I couldn’t help but relate them to our work in IT Management. My conclusion was that IT Management is a Marathon not a Sprint. Both are challenging, both need expertise and training by the participants, and both result in (more…)

The Effect of Malicious Traffic on Your Network

Late last year the security firm Incapsula published a report analysing website traffic, evidencing the majority is from non-human activity. The good news is spam activity is down, the bad news is attackers are getting more sophisticated and DDoS attacks are still on the rise.

Incapsula reported that in 2013 over 60% of the overall web traffic was generated by non-human entities and around half of that was related to malicious botnets. The experts observed 1.45 billion bot visits on nearly 20,000 sites on Incapula’s network in around 90 days, the traffic was originated from any of 249 countries in the world.  Incapsula are not the only source, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 200,000 new malicious programs every day, and report exponential growth in malware in the last 12 months. These figures are enough to concern any network manager.

Always-available monitoring and being able to manage your network when needed from any location and at any time – even in the throes of a DDoS attack – is key if you are to deliver a rapid response to problems on your network. Having remote monitoring and out-of-band management in place ahead of time is essential to help mitigate the growing risk of malicious traffic, by detecting irregularities that may be the precursor to malicious activity, and allowing you to maintain remote control to deal with attacks as and when they happen – to ensure your business not affected.