Top 10 news exclusives of 2006

Our exclusive news items help you stay current on the latest happenings in the networking world, offering technical advice from experts in the field as well as best practices for choosing and implementing networking technology. Here we present the 10 most perused exclusives from our news room in 2006.

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Network myths and threats topped the list in 2006, as seen in our top 10 list of most popular news exclusives. If you have missed any of these news stories, now is the time to catch up before the end of the year.

  1. The seven deadly network myths
  2. Network disaster recovery planning needed for avian flu threat
  3. WAN optimization strategies: Making the right decision
  4. 'No wireless' policy enforced at Blue Cross
  5. Five wireless myths debunked
  6. IPv6 not catching on, despite hype
  7. Remote workers, a ticking time bomb
  8. Flood of NAC products toughens security decisions
  9. New WLAN survey, analyzer tools kill dead spots
  10. Network Defenders


  1. The seven deadly network myths
    A bunch of network no-nos could sabotage everything. At Gartner's Enterprise Networking Summit 2006, one research vice president shared a list of seven things not to do.

  2. Network disaster recovery planning needed for avian flu threat
    A pandemic such as avian flu differs from other disaster recovery situations in that the network infrastructure stays intact -- it is not destroyed. The trick is to keep everything running smoothly on that infrastructure and to introduce tools that will connect employees in a worst-case scenario.

  3. WAN optimization strategies: Making the right decision
    WAN optimization products are flooding the market, and choosing one can be tricky. We examine the options and see how a few companies with different needs found the right technology to solve their WAN traffic problems.

  4. 'No wireless' policy enforced at Blue Cross
    Blue Cross of Idaho had a "no wireless" policy on paper but never really enforced it -- until a team of auditors said the company had better do something.
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  5. Five wireless myths debunked
    Cisco, along with Forrester Research, recently issued a report calling most wireless LAN fears mere myths, and a campus-wide, all-wireless deployment appears to prove that theory.

  6. IPv6 not catching on, despite hype
    The IPv6 debate is still raging, but according to some recent research, enterprises aren't yet buying into the hype.

  7. Remote workers, a ticking time bomb
    Remote workers are wreaking havoc on their networks. A recent study commissioned by Cisco found that teleworkers are putting security at risk.

  8. Flood of NAC products toughens security decisions
    The continuing flood of network access control products is forcing networking pros to weigh all of the options before securing their networks.

  9. New WLAN survey, analyzer tools kill dead spots
    AirMagnet announced a pair of tools it says can ease wireless site surveys and find more than a dozen different devices that could be running interference, eliminating dead zones.

  10. Network Defenders
    One small security slip and an entire enterprise can come tumbling down. The time it takes to get back to square one can be minutes, hours -- even days. The truth is that square one isn't exactly where enterprise managers want to go. Yes, they want their data back, but, more important, these managers want a network that is stronger and better defended than it was in the first place. Network Defenders series provides user stories in which networks were damaged by a security breach, then later fixed with various technology solutions that improved the level of enterprise security. These users learned from their experiences and came out stronger for them. As they say, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice …."

This was first published in December 2006

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