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The Infosec Imperative

With Infosecurity Europe fast approaching (29 April - 01 May) Network Computing Editor Ray Smyth considers the options available for all those attending

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Smarter than the average cloud

Getting the best out of a SaaS approach shouldn't mean putting all your eggs in one basket, argues Tony Cheung, CTO at EASY Software

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The Data Centre as a Service

Darren Watkins of Virtus explains why not all data centres are the same - and why the customer knows best


60% of UK SMEs now implementing an outsourced IT infrastructure

New research from Node4 has found that 60% of UK SMEs have partly or fully outsourced their IT infrastructure

University of Westminster selects Brocade to lay the foundation for SDN

Brocade to help university keep pace with growing demand for network performance and deliver increased resilience across the network infrastructure

BT IT Systems future-proofs data centre assets with world's first upgradeable PDU

Enlogic EnPowered PDU is the industry's first upgradeable Power Distribution Unit

Fluke Networks' AT OneTouch Network Assistant now supports cloud services

Cloud service enables the OneTouch AT tester to provide visibility into network performance over time

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"To Advise, Not Advertise" Get the latest news on Access, Management, Performance and Security for your network - Get the Wick Hill Guardian FREE here www.wickhill.com/guardian


Network Configuration Manager 7.2 from SolarWinds

NCM takes the hard work out of device configuration management while offering great value for money

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White Papers

Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers

Mobility and the consumerisation of IT pose key challenges for IT around scalability, security and application visibility.

Saving the ADC Market Share Riddle

Why Citrix NetScaler is winning the Data Centre

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Wire data analysis proves a sure thing for bet365

With help from ExtraHop, bet365 is using innovative wire data analysis to improve application delivery, network performance and strengthen anti-fraud defences

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Software-defined Protection (SDP) from Check Point is today's security architecture for tomorrow's threats; it is simple, flexible and can robustly convert threat intelligence into real-time protections: www.checkpoint.com/sdp/


Blending Security

Louise T. Dunne, Managing Director of Auriga explains how Business Process Modelling can be used as the missing ingredient to inform network security planning

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Be Prepared

Karl Jackson, Technology Officer at Prodec Networks share his thoughts on planning network security

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Event News

Infosecurity Europe 29 April - 01 May

Network, engage and learn with +15,000 information security professionals at Infosecurity Europe 29 April - 01 May

Ovum's 4th Annual Industry Congress - Victoria Park Plaza, London 13-14 May 2014

The Ovum Industry Congress brings together Ovum's annual research agenda and places it in a live environment. IT decision-makers from enterprises can claim a complimentary pass for the event, here: ovumindustrycongress.com/free-pass-registration/ - and should quote OIC14/MP as a Priority Code.


Network Computing Awards 2014

This year's Network Computing Awards took place on March 13th at the Hotel Russell in London. Here we profile some of this year’s winners:

Network Infrastructure Product of the Year

Winner: K3

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Data Centre Product of the Year

Winner: Dell - Compellent

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Contact Centre Product of the Year

Winner: VoiceSage

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If there was any doubt that April is a big month for security issues then the discovery of the Heartbleed bug has underlined the fact in a lurid shade of red. Social media chatter hasn't been this bloody since the "Red wedding" episode of Game of Thrones, and in online security terms the OpenSSL vulnerability really is about as grisly as it gets.

At the time of writing the NSA has been accused of being aware of the OpenSSL bug for some time, while in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald Robin Seggelmann, the programmer responsible for submitting the flaw to the open source project, has denied that it's inclusion was deliberate, saying "It's tempting to assume that, after the disclosure of the spying activities of the NSA and other agencies, but in this case it was a simple programming error in a new feature, which unfortunately occurred in a security-relevant area."

The NSA has already denied having prior knowledge of the hacker-friendly flaw but, massive global security conspiracy or a coding oversight due to old fashioned human error, the result for most of us is currently the same. Put simply if you use passwords on the internet for anything from Facebook to Soundcloud then you should really look at changing them as soon as possible.

The good news is that sites such as Mashable are offering regularly updated guides to sites that are currently known to be vulnerable, available here. There are also Heartbleed detecting browser plug-ins available for both Firefox and Chrome, and a wealth of online guides and FAQs from security experts such as Trustwave and Endace. The bad news is that Heartbleed has been leaking for the past two years, and as yet nobody really knows what damage may already have been done.

Which brings us to that other big security event kicking off in April - Infosecurity Europe. We have a preview of the show by Network Computing Editor Ray Smyth in this issue, and suffice to say that there really hasn’t been a better time to be in attendance. It's clear that Heartbleed will now be looming large at this year's event, and all those visiting Earls Court from 29 April - 01 May will be sure to come away with a wealth of salient advice - and more than a few heart-shaped stress relievers no doubt.

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