superheroes are everywhere these days! You see them in the cinema, on our TV and if you have children probably adorned on various articles of clothing and games! These range of heroes out there is amazing from the law men of Mega City 1 through to Earth's mightiest heroes The Avengers. Acting as a protection against the evils of the world in all its forms. And it is the latter group of super powered characters that I was watching only recently at the cinema that got me thinking about cyber security.
The premise for the latest movie is all about protection and security, as Tony Stark and Bruce Banner accidentally create a new foe for themselves, whilst trying to protect the planet from all kinds of nasty things. Their new Nemesis breaks into their systems, steals information and escapes out to the wider world through their network and computer systems. The information stolen is then used to bring about certain doom for the earth. Sound familiar? Network vulnerabilities being exploited an, information stolen and all fingers pointed at some one who should have been able to deal with the breach before it became an issue. So what can the Avengers teach us about keeping our networks and company information safe?
Many of you, like me no doubt, are gadget geeks who suffered from gadget overload this week as Apple unveiled there latest device the Apple Smartwatch.The latest release from this true tech giant is not anything new or innovative, although being an Apple product it is sure to have a few bells and whistles. This new piece of smart tech will be aimed at bringing some of the 700 million iPhone owners deeper into the Apple fold. Wearable tech is definitely the first touch point many of us will have with the Internet of Things, in fact you have already got a thing somewhere connected to the internet that helps you daily. Most of us have 2 or 3 devices on us during the course of the day, laptop, phone and kindle in my case. These are all things connected to the internet, connected to our networks and accessing our data stores. In recent blogs we have spoken about the impact the rise in data is having and as the digital age turns into the age of the connected what does this mean for the enterprise and its network?
The first Vendor Chronicles of 2015 is here, and where better to start than with one of the most innovative vendors in cyber security: FIREEYE. Jason Steer is Director of Technology Strategy here in the UK and his knowledge of FireEye and the security industry are second to none.
DTE: Enterprises appear to be under more cyber threats than ever before. Network security is constantly in the news these days from hacked cloud accounts through to the recent Sony leak. When there are so many security solutions on the market how are these attacks still getting through?
JASON: Simple - Sadly the security tools we have used for the last 10 yrs plus just aren’t designed to detect these types of attacks today; we have the wrong tool for the job. Customers need to re-consider their risk profile & risk appetite – then review if they still think they have the right tools knowing how many other organisations with organisations with sophisticated security in place have already been breached.
Paul joined DTE at the start of 2014 to help them sustain and develop their network of strategic partners. Now nearly a year on and with many successful collaborations under their belts, what does Paul have to say about working at a growing global presence in enterprise networking and what are his plans to develop partnerships new and old in 2015?
Sir Joseph Bazalgette (1819-1891) is not a man usually associated with IT despite being a contemporary of Charles Babbage. He was, in fact, responsible for designing and building London’s sewer network in the 1890’s. Not the most fragrant of subjects perhaps but as vital to the functioning of society as the IT networks of today have become.
London in the 1850’s was beset by Cholera, killing thousands at each outbreak. These epidemics were caused in part by an advance in technology – the water closet – which vastly increased the volume of contaminated water pumped into the Thames. Over the years 1858 to the 1860 Bazalgette designed and built 82 miles of main sewers and 1,100 miles of street sewers. Over the years the network has been upgraded many times but in essence still performs the same task as intended 140 years ago.
Surprisingly there are parallels between this most physical of networks and our modern squeaky clean, antiseptic IT infrastructure of today, Sir Joseph faced and met many challenges that will be very familiar.
Sir Joseph had an immediate problem to solve but adopted a conscious decision to build for the future. He calculated the capacity required and then doubled it as, “we’re only going to do this once and there’s always the unforeseen”. Without his foresight the system would have reached capacity in the 1960’s, instead the structures he built have lasted until the present day.
Topics: History of IT
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