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Are You Treating Cybercrime Like Real Crime?

There may not be any police tape or chase scenes involved, but don’t be fooled— cybercrime is just as serious as any other legal infraction.

In fact, cybercrime can arguably be more dangerous than many similarly treated offenses precisely because it is often perpetrated without much notice. In an age where the pace of data is being exchanged across a range of platforms and servers at a dizzying pace, the need for network security has never been higher.

Just consider this recent statistic: cyber crime costs $375-$575 billion and causes a net loss of up to 200,000 jobs in the U.S. alone, according to research conducted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies. While those statistics are striking, perhaps more troubling is that the FBI estimates only 10 percent of all cybercrime incidents are reported to the IC3. So in reality, the losses may be much greater.

Due to the consequences of cybercrime, it is imperative for businesses and consumers to protect themselves and each other. One of the most effective means of doing so comes in the form of network forensics. Network forensics help companies reconstruct exactly what happened when an attack occurs, successful or not.  Network forensics gives you the detailed answers to who, what where, and when so that you can target perpetrators and enhance your security detection tools for the future.

The more organizations focus on and invest in network forensics, and treat security incidents seriously, the safer the burgeoning ecommerce marketplace will be for all involved. Heightened awareness and serious commitment should be a collective goal.

Click here to download our Cyber Security Preparedness kit  to learn more about network forensics

Is Your Wireless Network Feeling Neglected?

During the past several years, businesses have increasingly transitioned from traditional landlines to wireless systems as their primary communications medium. Enterprises and SMBs alike are embracing the 802.11ac standard, which expands wireless network capacity and reliability.

But in much the same way that faster wired networks are proving challenging to manage, wireless networks are presenting engineers with new security and performance problems of their own.

Along with the ability run more complex, intricate business applications on wireless networks than ever before comes the need for real-time troubleshooting. In particular, businesses transferring more data at faster speeds for BYOD, video or voice over Wireless (VoFi) need a wireless network analyzer to help IT departments keep these mission-critical services up and running. When an application experiences even short-lived latency, let alone significant downtime, productivity falls right along with network speed.

WildPackets’ wireless network monitoring solutions provide engineers the high-level visibility they need to snuff out any potential issues—from security vulnerabilities to traffic overload—before they become catastrophes. WildPackets can help companies reduce downtime or other network disturbances by providing:

  • 24/7 real-time analysis of everything on the network
  • Capture of network traffic from multiple channels simultaneously
  • The ability to track mobile users as they move to new channels and access points
  • The capability to track wireless conversations, authentications and other events to ensure only authorized users gain access
  • Sophisticated alerts and notifications to potential problems
  • Pinpointing of the precise source of any problem

Click here to read about WildPackets’ wireless network analysis and troubleshooting solutions featuring the industry’s first-ever network analyzer for gigabit wireless networks.

More Business Video Requires Faster Networks

If video did indeed kill the radio star, then it won’t be long before videos do the same to many other types of online ads and content.

Businesses are using more video than ever before, employing it to reach consumers where they spend a great deal of their time: online. In March of last year, a study found that 85 percent of US Internet users viewed online videos. What’s more, video ads accounted for 25 percent of all videos viewed online. In the year since the report, the pace and frequency of these videos’ production and viewing has only quickened.

Video, however, consumes a lot of bandwidth. As a result, businesses and consumers alike need ever-greater bandwidth to support and consume all the video content being generated. Along with a need for greater bandwidth comes the need for better tools to guarantee high performance and ease in troubleshooting application problems.

Most users are viewing videos on 1G or 10G networks. Even 10G network performance isn’t quite enough to competently serve many modern videos. With users consuming greater amounts of bandwidth, having visibility into the network becomes increasingly important.  This issue is very much top of mind for IT organizations. In fact, 20 percent of the participants in a recent survey stated that they thought real-time network analysis was no longer an option, even at 10G speeds.

Another pressing concern for businesses is visibility within these varied bandwidths. In the aforementioned survey, almost half the participants said they noticed limited or no network visibility as part of 10G network performance.

The solution, then, is a combination of different technologies. Businesses must do their best to optimize the performance of whatever network they’re working on and be sensitive to the fact that users may not all enjoy unlimited or optimized bandwidth. Shorter, lighter videos and tools that enhance slower networks are vital to ensure their content, often a significant investment in its own right, can be seamlessly viewed by the customers for whom it is intended.