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Juniper software triggers network response to threats

Network World - Tue, 08/03/2021 - 12:06pm

Juniper Networks continues to grow its enterprise cloud-security family with a new product that promises to protect application workloads in any cloud or on-premises environment.

The company rolled out Juniper Cloud Workload Protection package--a  lightweight software agent that the company says controls application execution and monitors application behavior to help businesses spot and fix anomalies.

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The idea is to provide protection from attackers looking to exploit application vulnerabilities, said Kate Adam, senior director of security product marketing for Juniper Networks. 

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Cisco preps now for the hybrid workforce

Network World - Thu, 07/29/2021 - 3:30am

Work-from employees will no longer be treated as a second-class citizen, which means they will get best-in-class technology including SD-WAN appliances, cellular backup alternatives, zero trust security support and maybe even battery backup.

That’s at least part of the plan for hybrid workers now and moving forward, said Cisco’s Todd Nightingale, executive vice president and general manager of the company’s Enterprise Networking & Cloud business. “The ‘return-to-office’ concept is a myth--it’s a world we have left behind.”

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Feds' demand for software standards could boost enterprise security

Network World - Wed, 07/28/2021 - 9:56am

Enterprises can look for more transparency from software vendors after the Biden Administration’s recent mandate that software bills of materials be provided by companies attempting to do business with the federal government.

Software bills of materials, frequently abbreviated to SBOMs, aren’t a new concept. The idea comes from the manufacturing sector, where it’s often crucial for buyers to fully understand the components and materials that were used to make a particular piece of equipment.

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For example, a train engine might contain parts that aren’t rated for certain levels of vibration stress, making it unsuitable for use on a particular type of track. The goal of an SBOM is similar, listing all the proprietary, open source, and licensed components being used in a particular piece of software, so that a buyer can review it and check whether any of those components are outdated or insecure.

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IBM upgrades its Big Iron OS for better cloud, security, and AI support

Network World - Tue, 07/27/2021 - 6:16pm

IBM continues to fine-tune its mainframe to keep it attractive to enterprise users interested in keeping the Big Iron in their cloud and AI-application development plans.

The company released a new version of the mainframe operating system—z/OS V2.5—that includes beefed-up support for containers, AI, and security.

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According to IBM, applications are at the heart of transactional and batch workloads running on z/OS. Fundamentally, developing new applications while modernizing existing applications is part of the digital transformation occurring in many enterprises.

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What is Network as a Service (NaaS)?

Network World - Fri, 07/16/2021 - 7:56am

The day is coming when enterprise IT professionals will be able to order network infrastructure components from a menu of options, have them designed to fit their business needs, and have the whole thing delivered and running in perhaps hours.

The concept is called Network as a Service (NaaS), and it has been around in a number of different forms for a few years, mostly in the service provider arena.

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For enterprises, the as-a-service concept took hold as companies started to embrace cloud computing and its model of consumption-based capacity. In the infrastructure space, for example, more than 75% of infrastructure in edge locations and up to 50% of data-center infrastructure will be consumed in the as-a-service model by 2024, according to research firm IDC.

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