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Understanding user intent – the panacea for mission-critical application QoE issues

In this blog post, we would like to continue our discussion about the panacea for mission-critical application QoE issues. Since analogies from the actual world of traffic to the world of IT network traffic serve us well to explain the pains and optional solutions, we’ll also continue to use them in this blog post. In…

How to protect against the weakest link in cybersecurity – THE USERS

Cyberattacks continue to grow year over year. An astounding 5,126,930,507 breached records in 2021 represent an 11% increase in security incidents compared to 2020, based on IT governance analysis. Security professionals are in a constant battle to improve organizational security posture and prevent risks across all potential attack surfaces. Web threats are, by far, the…

Consumers demand cybersecurity. Can you afford not to provide it?

If you had asked 8,000 global subscribers about mobile security and parental controls, what do you think they would say? Is mobile security important? Who do they trust to keep them secure across their mobile devices? Where do they expect to get security? And are they going to switch to another provider if they think…

Why DDoS is still a major attack vector and how to protect against it

The first massive, documented DoS-style attack occurred during the week of February 7, 2000, when “mafiaboy,” a 15-year-old Canadian hacker, orchestrated a series of DoS attacks against several e-commerce sites, including Amazon and eBay. These attacks used computers at multiple locations to overwhelm the vendors’ computers and shut down their sites to legitimate commercial traffic….

Log4Shell is the worst security issue of the decade: what you should do

Last week, we discussed the Log4Shell and other Log4j-related vulnerabilities, implications, and recommended mitigation actions. I see that the Log4Shell vulnerability, which has transformed into multiple vulnerabilities, is going to stay with us for a while. Just yesterday, December 28th, yet another remote code execution vulnerability was discovered again in all Log4j versions, with a…

The gift that keeps on giving: 7 tips to avoid cyber security threats

Did you give or receive a toy or new parental control or security app for the holidays? While well-intentioned, you may have inadvertently created a security breach for the recipient or opened your family up to unwanted surveillance. The Internet of security breaches The Internet of Things (IoT) is not just for your smart doorbell…

The power of real-time capabilities for communication service providers

A colleague of mine recently alerted me to a white paper she read about the competitive advantage of real-time. The concept of “real-time” remains a hot topic, and I can appreciate the value of this material, especially since it was featured on Vanilla Plus, a leading telecom content platform that I find quite insightful. Although…

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