Network Computing

 

Unified Threat Management, frequently abbreviated as UTM, is a single appliance that specializes in all-inclusive security functions, such as network firewall, intrusion detection/prevention system (IDS/IPS), anti-virus gateway, anti-spam gateway, VPN, content filtering, load balancing, data loss prevention and appliance monitoring.

Today’s rapidly evolved cyber threats have proved that legacy protection methods are incapable of preventing malicious attempts from attacking enterprise networks. Therefore, it is time for “next-generation firewall” or “NGFW” for short, a term coined by Gartner, to mitigate the advanced cyber attacks and protect enterprise serviceability.

2018 FIFA World Cup, the world’s largest sport event this year, is held in Russia and participated by 32 national teams contesting through a qualifying competition with more than 1.5 billion soccer viewers worldwide. In fact, this is considered the most costly World Cup so far, with latest technological deployments like 5G infrastructures and VR-assisted equipments. However, such high-profile events are attracting potential cyber attacks at the same time. For example, the Winter Olympics in early 2018 was found with an incident that the IP television in the press center was hacked during the opening ceremony.

In today’s business landscape, enterprises are relying more and more on cloud-based web applications to offer 24/7 serviceability, enhance competitiveness and expand user bases. Whether these web applications are deployed on –premises with private cloud settings or in cloud infrastructure with large data center, they have become frequently exposed to cyber criminals and suffered from web service outages caused by advanced cyber attacks, such as DDoS, spear-phishing, and SQL injection. According to Q3, 2016 State of Internet Security released by Akamai, in the Web Application Attack Frequency, SQLi accounted for nearly 50% of observed web attacks.

Industry 4.0’s promising technology trends encompass areas and applications such as the Internet of Things, cyber security, the cloud datacenter, horizontal/vertical system integration, data mining/analytics, AR, VR, 3D printing and robotics; what all these technologies have in common is that they must rely on some sort of networking architecture/framework in order to deliver the innovation, profits, benefits and convenience promised.

However, in order to manage and meet the demands of a telehealth system on which the medical staff depend for delivering top of the line care in the form of video, voice and data transfer directly to patients located in different locations, a robust and scalable network is an absolute must.

Over the past two years hundreds of enterprise, including those in the retail sector, have been adapting and deploying Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions to keep up with the exponential increase in the demand for network bandwidth on which more and more resource-hungry applications are run, in order to not only facilitate omni-channel integration but also to deliver the next generation store experience for today’s consumers and shoppers. This is especially true and important for growing organizations with global presence, seeing as resources within such businesses are often spread out and shared locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

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