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Savvius Spotlight network traffic monitoring tool launches

Savvius Spotlight, a new network traffic monitoring tool, launches; ManageEngine boosts its endpoint monitoring; and Cisco forecasts 'destruction-of-service' attacks.

Savvius Spotlight, a new network traffic monitoring tool and software aimed at allowing organizations to more quickly identify network performance problems, has launched.

Savvius Spotlight, available in the third quarter, uses software agents to monitor individual traffic flows -- rather than aggregated data -- to examine such metrics as voice quality and network latency. The network traffic monitoring tool is available either as a stand-alone appliance or as an additional feature that can be added to Savvius' existing line of Omnipliance capture-to-disk packet inspection products.

"It's all about meantime to repair," said Jay Botelho, Savvius' senior director of products. "Problems are only noticed if someone complains about [performance]. If operators can see problems more rapidly, they can be avoided; real-time visibility matters."

The Savvius Spotlight network traffic monitoring tool can track up to 1.5 million flows in up to 20 Gbps of network traffic, Botelho said.

The software assembles two-way flows and evaluates them for quality. The flows are displayed through a browser, through which IT teams can focus on specific segments or poor-performing servers.

"We are hoping that organizations will like this approach to network performance monitoring," Botelho said. It can be used for analytics even for those companies not employing capture-to-disk."

Cisco predicts 'destruction-of-service' attacks in mid-year report

Cisco research suggests that destruction of service (DeOS) attacks may soon become an emerging threat in the months ahead. DeOS attacks are part of a swarm of rapidly evolving cyberthreats that have the potential to target enterprise backups and restoration systems, as well as exploiting the expanding attack surface of IoT. Cisco described this year's WannaCry and NotPetya ransomware attacks as potential models for future assaults.

If operators can see problems more rapidly, they can be avoided; real-time visibility matters.
Jay Botelhosenior director of products, Savvius

The forecast was released as part of Cisco's Midyear Cybersecurity Report, which tracked growing cyberattacks in IoT -- particularly IoT botnets --that indicate hackers may be laying the foundations of a distributed attack.

According to Cisco, the first half of 2017 ushered in new attack vectors that include evasive malware launched when victims open attached files or links. Fileless malware, meantime, is becoming harder to detect as it is often wiped out during a reboot, thus limiting security personnel from studying these programs. While exploit kits declined during the first half of 2017, spam volumes via traditional vectors such as email have significantly increased. Spyware and adware infected up to 20% of a 300-company sample examined by Cisco for the report. Finally, ransomware as a service continues to increase, allowing non-technical criminals to pose fresh threats to enterprises, Cisco said.

Other findings:

  • Of the 32% of threats identified as legitimate within the public sector, fewer than half are eventually remediated.
  • Almost a third of retailers said they lost revenue in the past year from network attacks.
  • Some 40% of manufacturers report they don't have a formal security strategy.
  • Thirty-seven percent of healthcare organizations said targeted attacks represent "high-security" risks.

ManageEngine enhances its endpoint management system

ManageEngine, based in Pleasanton, Calif., beefed up its Desktop Central endpoint management system. The new features, available immediately, let IT admins use voice and video for troubleshooting remote computers. The new release supports Linux deployments and enables admins to control multiple monitors, as well as remotely manage registry keys.

Priced starting at $645, versions of Desktop Central are currently used by 6,000 customers, the company said. ManageEngine said the upgrades reflect the need to lower the cost of troubleshooting, citing statistics from MetricNet that indicate North American enterprises spend an average of $118 per service request ticket. The vendor said Desktop Central is a way for organizations to increase productivity and curb administration costs. "Enhanced SLA resolution time combined with a lower cost per ticket can dramatically increase a business's profit and productivity," said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, director of product management at ManageEngine, in a statement.

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