Author: Gary Sockrider

Gary Sockrider, Principal Security Technologist, Arbor Networks, gsockrider@arbor.net: Gary is an industry veteran bringing over 25 years of broad technology experience ranging from network security to routing and switching, data center, mobility and collaboration. His previous roles include security SME, consultancy, customer support, IT and product management. He seeks to understand and convey the constantly evolving threat landscape, as well as the techniques and solutions that address the challenges they present. Prior to joining Arbor in 2012, he spent 12 years at Cisco Systems and held previous positions with Avaya and Cable & Wireless.

The Rise of Connected Devices (And the Security Risks that Follow)

It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming more a part of our lives on a daily basis. Connected devices, such as webcams, smart TVs and CPE devices, are not exactly “new” – in fact, in 1991, research teams at the University of Cambridge used an IP-enabled webcam to monitor when the coffee supply in their coffee machines was running low. However, since that revolutionary coffee monitor was invented almost 30 years ago, the number of connected devices has exponentially increased, already outnumbering the total number of humans on the planet. Industry analysts estimate the number of connected devices to be 50 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, as the number of these devices increases, so do the security risks.

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Everything’s connected

We hear a lot lately about the Internet of Things (IoT) but what does that really mean? Simply put, we are well beyond connecting people with the Internet and now we are connecting things. And, we’re not just connecting people to things but also connecting […]

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Mobile, connected…safe?

While there is no doubt that having the power of an always connected computer in your pocket is huge boon for productivity, it also increases our vulnerability. Staying safe while on the go is currently somewhat of an afterthought for most users. In general, there are […]

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How does BYOD impact network architecture decisions for enterprises?

Over the last few years the explosive growth of the smartphone and tablet market has forever altered the landscape of end user devices on the enterprise network. Like it or not, enterprises are now forced to deal with “bring your own device” (BYOD). Personally, I think it is a positive trend that can bring not only increased productivity and freedom to end users but also significant cost savings to the enterprise. However, it does come with a number of challenges as well.

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