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Average WiFi Speed No More! 802.11ax Speeds Up to 10Gbps

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Oct 6, 2015 6:30:00 AM

There are a lot of great things about WiFi solutions. One of the best is that the different versions just keep coming. It truly is a success story. And the IEEE – which is charge of the care, feeding and extension of the franchise – doesn’t seem to spend a lot of time congratulating itself.

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Topics: Wireless Access Points, Wireless LAN, Wi-Fi Signal Strength

Firewall Check Season:  Why the Correct Configuration is Key

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Sep 29, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Tis the season to do a firewall check.  The threats tend to increase in the holiday season, so be proactive and take some time now and check that configuration.  Why?  It just might be set up wrong or not up to date.  The firewall category is growing quickly. According to an analysis released last month by the Dell’Oro Group, the enterprise-class security firewall market grew by 10 percent during the second quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. It came close to the $1 billion mark during the quarter, according to the firm.

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Topics: Wireless LAN, Firewalls

Critical Infrastructure and Security Strategy

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Sep 24, 2015 6:00:00 AM

In early September, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said something to a House subcommittee on Intelligence about network security strategy that was frightening even by the standards of cyber security – which covers some inherently scary ground.

Clapper said that the next wave of electronic espionage may take the form of changing information, not stealing it or preventing access to it by denial-of-service or other types of malicious interference.

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Topics: Network Security, Meraki Firewalls

Data Security Policy, Encryption…And Ashley Madison

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Sep 17, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The world of a data security policy has changed drastically during the past few years. There are two keys to the change: Bring your own devices (BYOD) and mobility.

The two clearly are deeply related. At their core is the idea that the security and control that the IT and security departments is gone. Now, folks essentially are traipsing all over the country – and the world – using any number of devices. These devices are all over the map in another way: The company has little or no control over the type of device or even the operating system. In most cases, they don’t likely even know there is a device being used at all.

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Topics: BYOD, Network Security

How The Firewall Appliance Continues to Grow and Change

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Sep 10, 2015 6:00:00 AM

The firewall business continues to expand. In late August, the Dell’Oro Group released a report indicating that during the second quarter enterprise class firewalls sales rose more than 10 percent against the year-ago quarter. They almost reached the $1 billion mark. Unified Threat Mangement devices optimized for edge applications grew significantly as well.

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Topics: Firewalls, Meraki Firewalls

Polycom VVX and Alcatel-Lucent: New Partnership

Posted by Carl Weinschenk on Sep 3, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Earlier this month, Polycom and Alcatel-Lucent – one of the world’s major network equipment vendors – announced that the Polycom VVX business media phones are interoperable with, and available on, Alcatel-Lucent’s Rapport for Enterprise. Rapport for Enterprise is a software-based platform designed to provide service providers and enterprises with flexible communications and collaboration services.

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