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IDG Contributor Network: Visibility is key for devops and the hybrid cloud

Network World - Fri, 09/07/2018 - 7:05am

Cloud has undoubtedly become a key component of successful business in recent years, especially when you consider the race to digitally transform. Across the globe, companies are moving their applications and services to the cloud and are consequently reaping the benefits of lower capex and opex as a result.

However, with this process, cloud migration is only a beginning for any organization’s digital transformation (DX) journey. If harnessed correctly, cloud is a pillar of innovation for DX, and can be a driving force for new business models and use cases that – even a few years ago – weren’t possible. No one knows this better than devops teams; these teams hold the line when it comes to continuous delivery and deployment, and it therefore stands to reason that devops play a crucial role in the digital transformation journey. In practice however, the decision makers in charge of cloud strategies are rarely those in the bowels of the ship.

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What to expect when the Internet gets a big security upgrade

Network World - Wed, 09/05/2018 - 6:00am

Ready or not, the upgrade to an important Internet security operation may soon be launched.  Then again, it might not.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will meet the week of September 17 and will likely decide whether or not to give the go ahead on its multi-year project to upgrade the top pair of cryptographic keys used in the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC) protocol – commonly known as the root zone key signing key (KSK) –  which secures the Internet's foundational servers.

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Changing these keys and making them stronger is an essential security step, in much the same way that regularly changing passwords is considered a practical habit by any Internet  user, ICANN says. The update will help prevent certain nefarious activities such as attackers taking control of a session and directing users to a site that for example might steal their personal information.

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VirusTotal Intelligence, a search engine for malware | Salted Hash Ep 45

Network World - Fri, 08/31/2018 - 3:49pm
In this episode, host Steve Ragan talks with Karl Hiramoto, technical solutions consultant for VirusTotal, maker of VirusTotal Intelligence, a searchable detection tool for malware.
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VMware sharpens security focus with vSphere Platinum, ‘adaptive micro-segmentation’

Network World - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 9:59am

VMware is expanding its security range with a new version of its virtualization software that has security integrated into the hypervisor.

“Our flagship VMware vSphere product now has AppDefense built right in,” VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger told the audience at VMworld 2018, which kicked off this week in Las Vegas. “Platinum will enable virtualization teams – you – to give an enormous contribution to the security profile of your enterprise.”

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Announced one year ago, AppDefense is VMware’s data-center endpoint-security product, designed to protect applications running in virtualized environments. AppDefense uses machine learning and behavioral analytics to understand how an application is supposed to behave, and it detects threats by monitoring for changes to the application’s intended state.

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Detecting bot attacks | Salted Hash Ep 44

Network World - Thu, 08/23/2018 - 7:00am
In this episode, host Steve Ragan talks with Engin Akyol, CTO at Distil Networks at the Black Hat 2018 conference, about bot account takeovers and how they can be detected.
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