NetOps teams consistently face a variety of challenges: the massive shift toward digital transformation, managing multi-vendor and hybrid infrastructure, full queues of service requests, and of course, the pressure to meet expanding business needs with limited resources. Building and maintaining secure network infrastructure is critical to the success of growing digital business initiatives, forcing NetOps to rethink the current status quo. Automation is clearly a key part of the equation. However, the challenge lies in choosing the right tool to fit your team’s needs, goals and culture.
In a series of recent revelations made by WikiLeaks, the site has exposed a new set of tools commonly used by United States’ top foreign intelligence service, the CIA, to attack Windows and Linux computers. The BothanSpy and Gyrfalcon projects, named after famous Star Wars characters, are used to intercept and steal SSH credentials from Windows and Linux devices respectively.
The modern Application Delivery Controller (ADC) is responsible for both the availability and security of applications, making it a critical component of the network. In today’s dynamic business environment, ADC configurations are constantly changed and modified. In fact, network engineers in large organizations are charged with processing many ADC change requests each week.
After WannaCry ransomware shook the security world, a new kind of Trojan called CertLock started compromising security worldwide. This Trojan blocks reputed security programs from installing on infected Windows machines. To achieve this, the Trojan blocks the security vendor’s digital certificate. Then, when users attempt to run the affected programs, they are met with an alert stating the publisher of the software has been blocked due to an untrusted certificate. While CertLock is affecting AVAST most, vendors like AVG, BitDefender, ESET, Kaspersky and Symantec have also felt the burn.