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Protect Your High-Speed Network this Holiday Season

If you’re a retailer that has upgraded to a 10G—or faster—network in anticipation of the holiday season, congratulations are in order because you’ve made a wise decision. Between streaming videos on your website, offering multichannel service in your contact center and running your company’s usual slew of bandwidth-intensive applications, high-speed networks are rapidly becoming a priority for retailers.

But although a faster network will certainly increase your capacity, it also makes monitoring more difficult. After all, a higher rate of data transfer can make it more complex to troubleshoot network issues, and if the network suffers an extended outage or subpar performance, the speed you added speed is essentially useless.

The holiday season can make or break an entire fiscal year for a retailer, so the last thing your company can afford is downtime between now and the New Year. So, to ensure your high-speed system runs smoothly as temperatures get colder and business heats, you need a solution that increases network visibility and ensures optimal high speed network performance.

Best-in-class high-speed network analysis solutions offer end-to-end monitoring and data capture for common applications like Web, Email, IM, and VoIP. Our products ensure that data packets don’t go missing and that your network engineers can quickly view all the relevant information they need to analyze any section of the network. Armed with this data, these engineers can:United States

  • Rapidly resolve network issues in real-time, before they become major problems
  • Optimize network and application performance
  • Baseline the entire network
  • Mitigate security threats
  • Improve overall end-user productivity

Don’t leave your 10/40/100G network’s performance up to chance this season. Want to learn more about how network management tools giving you greater visibility on high speed networks? Click here to download WildPackets’ Success Kit.

Improving Visibility in Virtual Networks

Over the past decade, as networks became increasingly complex and crucial for businesses across all verticals, the IT industry developed new ideas about network design. Virtualization was born out of that process, as businesses—particularly data centers and enterprises maintaining large networks—sought to curb ever-growing hardware-related expenses. Cloud services, built on visualization technology, gradually made their way into the mainstream during that time as well.

Indeed, using virtualization to separate control plane from data plane functions and allowing managers to maintain networks from one or just a few screens can help businesses reduce IT expenses by limiting the space, power and cooling requirements for hardware. But virtualization also limits network visibility, making it nearly impossible to monitor new kinds of traffic, which include:

  • Invisible—remains in the rack and never travels across the physical network, making it difficult to capture
  • Intrahost—involves one physical host and several virtual machines
  • Interhost—where multiple virtual hosts are connected on a virtual fabric, resulting in a collection of virtual systems with only one physical connection to the network

So what can businesses do? Continuing to scale hardware is financially unsustainable, but operating without network visibility is too risky. For businesses stuck between these two undesirable options, WildPackets virtual network analysis solutions can bring back the real-time troubleshooting capability that technicians need to do their jobs effectively. Such bleeding-edge technology continuously monitors critical applications running in virtual environments and notifies IT immediately if a problem arises. The solution also records all network traffic, which can be reviewed at any time.

Virtualization presents new difficulties for network professionals, but these problems do have solutions. If you’re interested in learning more about virtualization and its impact on network monitoring, click here to download our white paper entitled “Managing Networks in the Age of Cloud, SDN, and Big Data: Network Management Megatrends 2014.”

JP Morgan Breach Latest Indication of Massive Cyber Threat

It happened again. This time, JP Morgan, America’s largest bank, was targeted by hackers who stole contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses through a variety of entry points, including the website for a corporate event. Hackers repeatedly attacked the system over a two-month period and accessed addresses, phone numbers, email addresses as well as internal JPMorgan Chase information, which may or may not include account numbers and other sensitive financial information.

Perhaps more disturbing than the sheer volume of information that the intruders took, however, is the fact that a behemoth financial institution was the victim of such a large-scale attack. Until now, the majority of network intrusions have been perpetrated on retailers, an industry that historically has been weak on cyber security. Banks, by comparison, typically spend heavily on data protection.

The question, then, for financial companies, retailers and any other business that maintains sensitive information, is whether or not they are spending on the right solutions. The fact is, many security products on the market now were not built for 10G network analysis, let alone 40G, meaning engineers may struggle to get a clear view of the entire network. WildPackets’ network monitoring and network forensics solutions, however, can give organizations unprecedented visibility across their high-speed networks and capture the network traffic to quickly respond to attacks and answer the critical questions of who, how, what and when. WildPackets’ security forensics analysis tools are built upon four primary capabilities:

  • Network Recording: capturing network traffic from 1G, 10G, and 40G networks around the clock for forensic analysis
  • Searching and Inspection: enabling administrators and security experts to comb through archived traffic for anomalies and signs of security events
  • Trend Analysis and Baselining: characterizing network and application usage so that anomalies can be detected more quickly
  • Reporting: capturing data and distilling analysis into reports so that security and IT experts can log the results of their investigations and review network vulnerabilities after an attack has taken place

At this point, the facts speak for themselves. Cyber criminals are employing more sophisticated methods than ever before and are having incredible success breaching networks as a result. It’s time for your company to fight fire with fire, or risk getting burned.