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AI: a practical guide

AI is suddenly everywhere, but what does it mean exactly, and what opportunities does it promise?

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The SD-WAN is eating my router!

Atchison Frazer at Talari Networks considers the use-cases driving the increasing demand for SD-WANS

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The cloud generation firewall

Migrating to the cloud requires a change of mindset when it comes to security, cautions Chris Hill at Barracuda

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Ipswitch and Osterman Research release “The Procrastinator’s Guide to Preparing for the GDPR”

Only five percent of organisations surveyed for new white paper believe they will be “completely ready” for compliance by the deadline

City, University of London selects PhishMe for phishing and ransomware protection

The university will deploy PhishMe Simulator, Triage and Reporter as part of a three-year programme

ManageEngine brings automated patch Management to the cloud

ManageEngine strengthens endpoint management offering with cloud version of Patch Manager Plus


Enterprise AWS MAX from Loadbalancer.org

The new cloud-based Application Delivery Controller (ADC) offers great functionality, price, performance and customer-centric support

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LinkRunner G2 smart network tester from NETSCOUT

The LinkRunner G2 takes handheld network testers to the next level, at an affordable price

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How to manage application performance in the hybrid cloud

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Remotely safe?

Domenico Crapanzano at Fing reflects on the cyber risk of home working and employee-owned devices

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The GDPR information audit

Roland Bullivant at Silwood Technologies reminds us of the critical importance of the data audit

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The ghost in the machine

Barry Scott at Centrify explains how machine learning is finding its way into cybersecurity

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Case Study

Digital communication: the next step

Freight-forwarder, Marine Transport International is putting container shipping onto the blockchain in order to provide a secure and transparent way of decentralising digital communication

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Welcome to the February 2018 Newsletter.

It’s not the rise of the machines but rather the rise of machine learning and AI that we’re keeping a keen eye on here at Network Computing. We’re introducing a regular new feature on AI in the Jan/Feb issue of the magazine, and to get the ball rolling we’ve included an article here by Piers Stobbs, Chief Data Officer at Moneysupermarket Group, that offers a practical introduction to the subject.

I think many of us find artificial intelligence a fascinating subject in and of itself, but what are it’s potential practical applications for the IT infrastructure? As Piers explains in his article, “To understand if AI can help a given problem, characterise the problem along two dimensions: how obvious is the answer and how many times do you have to perform it? If the answer to the problem is relatively obvious to a human and is a task that is completed frequently, then it is likely that AI will help.” It’s a question we’ll be returning to in future issues.

Elsewhere this month we look at how machine learning is beginning to make its virtual presence felt in cybersecurity. Barry Scott, CTO at Centrify EMEA explains how machine learning’s ability to model behaviour patterns by “sifting through mountains of data that would prove impossible for humans to analyse” can be applied to identity and access management, given the right programming skill and technical knowledge. Skynet here we come?

Lastly, a little reminder that voting for the 2018 Network Computing Awards closes on March 13th, so please do visit us online before then to cast yours!.

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