Over the last few weeks, some of the most influential technology organizations have made some big announcements. Google has created a security team to weed out threats that target popular software on the Internet. IBM and Apple have partnered to combine their strengths and produce modern business applications for the enterprise. And the Internet of Things continues to put pressure on network managers. In case you missed it, here is the round-up.
Google launches a complete Internet security plan, Project Zero
Google recently formed a ProjectZero team that aims to investigate security threats in its own software and other popular software across the Internet. Google researcher, Chris Evans, posted on Google's online security blog, writing, "You should be able to use the Web without fear that a criminal or state-sponsored actor is exploiting software bugs to infect your computer, steal secrets or monitor your communications." This is a project without boundaries. According to Evans, the Google team will work to protect any and all software that is used by a large number of consumers. Evans says Google is paying close attention to techniques, targets and motivations of attackers and that Google will be transparent with the results. All bugs that are found will be filed in an external database for the public to review.
IBM, Apple partner for iPad enterprise deployment
In an effort to modernize its analytics and cloud portfolio, IBM has partnered with Apple. Through this partnership, IBM will create 100 different business-oriented applications geared at management, security and most importantly, big data analytics. These applications will be made specifically for iPhone and iPads and solely compatible with the Apple iOS platform. Devices with these applications will be distributed to enterprise-level customers, with the goal of nudging Apple in the direction of becoming a trusted business brand. Observers say a key thing to note in this partnership is the way the iOS platform harnesses cloud capabilities to manage big data analytics. IBM has made some noise of its own with its big data analytics initiatives, which are seen by some as a step toward Big Blue offering stronger network security. Recently, IBM partnered with 28 business schools to provide resources to enable programs that teach students data science skills.
Enterprises should prepare for IoT traffic increase
Network control company Infobox released the results of a survey that shows most enterprise-level companies are not ready to take on the traffic that will be generated by the Internet of Things (IoT). Out of 400 IT professionals surveyed in the U.S. and Europe, 90% said their companies are planning or already implementing network management game plans to handle the influx of IoT traffic. About 86% of respondents said that they understand the implications that IoT traffic will have on their network. Yet 57% of respondents said their networks are already at capacity for traffic. According to a Gartner report, the installed base of "things," excluding PCs, tablets and smartphones, will grow to 26 billion units in 2020, almost a 30-fold increase from the 0.9 billion Internet-connected devices in existence in 2009. Infobox makes a few recommendations to ease the process of managing all of this new traffic, one of which is deploying Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to make sure that the exhaustion of IPv4 addresses doesn't slow the introduction of IoT.
Uploading to Instagram during concerts just got easier
The Ventev Wireless Infrastructure unit of Tessco Technologies Inc. said it's trying to make Wi-Fi access easier for people attending concerts and sporting events. The firm's TerraWave Under-the-Seat Wi-Fi is a piece of hardware that fits under the seats in the lower-level sections of stadiums and is engineered to find the closest Wi-Fi access points (APs) to the user. The product is geared to offset problems faced at roofless stadiums and venues with very high ceilings, where pole-mounted APs are too far away to reach users seated in lower stadium rows. This, says Ventev, is good news for concert and sports game attendees who want instant access to their applications during events.