Yesterday’s Network was a Challenge
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Nov 03, 2014
Fiber optics makes delivering data much
easier, and the network that this information
rides on is able to do the job.
Our cover story by James Marcella, director
of technical services, Axis Communications,
talks about giving your network a workout.
His explanation about light passing through fiber
makes all the sense in the world. There are
many out there who would have you believe that copper wiring is
the way to go. I’m sorry, it just isn’t.
Marcella puts it this way, “Copper...needs multiple amplifications
to function over long lengths; the light that passes through
fiber optic cable doesn’t diminish, even over many miles.”
Marcella talks about the network workout in several different
ways, such as supplanting 1080p with 4K, for instance. Yes,
4K technology will surely be gaining momentum during 2015.
The 4K experience is highly anticipated, and it will provide unprecedented
detail. The workout also includes adding more intelligence
to the edge (software) and introducing smart hardware
advancements, such as auto rotation and level assistant.
Gaby Friedlander, CTO, ObserveIT, picks up inside the issue
with reasons why video surveillance is not enough. The fact is
that the real threat lies with users who have access to data. They
are the trusted insider. More than 67 percent of data breaches
involve stolen credentials in internal sources, remote vendors and
other third-party contractors.
He writes that a new breed of security technology has arrived
on scene, particularly that of user activity monitoring. This enables
companies to track users and understand what they have
done on the computer. The key: The solution starts with the user,
rather than the infrastructure.
I think you will enjoy this issue of Networking Security, and
as always, if you have an idea or would like to contribute your
thoughts, please feel free to reach out to me.
This article originally appeared in the November 2014 issue of Security Today.
Ralph C. Jensen is editor-in-chief of Security Today magazine.