SN blogs: Enterprises embracing security analytics

SN blogs: This week, analysts say more enterprises are using security analytics; low-cost 4G LTE roaming is on the horizon.

Enterprise security analytics gain traction after eBay data breach

Enterprise Security Group senior analyst Jon Oltsik says that enterprises are moving in the right direction toward increasing cyber security analytics. After the most recent security attack against eBay, enterprise level executives are adding tools to help prevent and detect security breaches. Oltsik cites an ESG survey that says that out of 1,000 professionals, 40% are purchasing or implementing security analytics tools like Blue Coat, Click Security and RSA Security. The survey also revealed that 28% are collecting endpoint data to supplement security analytics. This information  helps security pros answer questions about downloaded files or to better understand information sent to unknown IP addresses.

See the other research findings that Oltsik says are helping to move enterprise security in the right direction.

4G LTE roaming with IP Exchange

Current Analysis blogger Joel Stradling says that affordable long distance 4G roaming is not out of reach for enterprise customers. 4G international roaming is available, but at a very high cost. Stradling says European mobile network operators are purchasing diameter signaling controllers and routers to enable enterprise customers to deploy low-cost 4G roaming. TeliaSonera International Carrier, Sparkle TI and Belgacom International Carrier Services all offer diameter signaling, but IP Exchange (IPX, found on multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) technology, is the top choice, he says the end-to-end quality of service features make it an appealing option to many enterprise customers.

Read more about why Stradling says IPX is the best option for 4G LTE roaming.

Career advice for IT professionals: have some empathy

IT management consultant and Virtualized Geek blogger Keith Townsend explains that displaying more empathy and realizing that talent is only half the battle would have helped him early in his career. Townsend says that while he had all the technical ability to have a lot of responsibility at the age of 25, he could have been given more even more responsibility and received better reviews if he had been more personable. Townsend compares his experience to a doctor needing to have a good bedside manner. If an IT professional simply solves a problem, but does not appear to take into account the effects his solution had on the network, it makes people think he does not care. Townsend says In the same way that patients want doctors who not only have skill, but also a vested interested in their health, an IT professional must be sure to show the same interest in the business.

Read the other career advice Townsend gives to IT professionals

Setting up IPv6 at home

PacketPushers blogger Matthew Mengel says that prefix delegation is a flexible and easy method to get IPv6 activated at a home network with prefix delegation, a provider will send the customer a prefix instead of a single IP address. Mengel says that in his case, the provider delegates each customer a /56 subnet, "an enormous amount of address space." Mengle's post provides step-by-step instructions to activate the IPv6 connection, saying that prefix delegation is a great option for either single clients working at home or for small businesses. The approach might also have merit in larger campuses or hub-and-spoke style networks as well.

Read Mengel's demonstration of how to set up IPv6 at home.


This was last published in May 2014

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