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802.11ac Revisited – Where Are We One Year After Certification?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) certified 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi approximately one year ago. In that one year, we’ve seen significant growth in adoption numbers and the number of 11ac-enabled mobile devices. A recently published report by Dell’Oro Group revealed the Wireless LAN market grew 7 percent in the fourth quarter 2014 versus the year-ago period.  Enterprise-class 802.11ac based radio access points grew 14 percent versus the third quarter 2014. Yes, the future is bright for 802.llac as Wave 2 devices begin to enter the market.

Since smartphones are the biggest BYOD challenge to the enterprise (wearables to follow), moving them off to a new 802.11ac network in a new frequency band (5 GHz) will provide some instant relief to the restraints of bandwidth on the 2.4GHz band. However, 70 percent isn’t everyone; the slow but steady increase in 802.11ac enabled devices will force enterprises to rethink their networking strategy.

The exponential growth of mobile access in the workplace has accelerated the need for network reliability and uptime. The new 802.11ac wireless standard offers increased throughput, better capabilities for multiple users and overall improved features for the content- and data-heavy networks of today. 802.11ac improves the WLAN user experience by providing data rates at  5-10 times the speed that was previously available.

Based on a recent study we conducted in November 2014, the companies that are switching to the 802.11ac fast lane are ones that already depend on high-speed networks such as high tech, telecommunications, education, manufacturing, and healthcare. In the past year, 23 percent of respondents have already deployed 802.11ac, but we expect businesses are about to start a major switchover to 11ac in the year to come.

For more information on WildPackets’ 802.11ac solutions, visit here.

WildPackets Launches 2nd Annual Trends in Network Forensics Survey

According to the Center for Strategic & International Studies, cybercrime costs $375-$575 billion annually and last year caused a net loss of up to 200,000 jobs in the U.S. alone. Data breaches not only damage company performance and integrity, but also impair commerce, competitiveness, innovation and a nation’s overall business growth.

With network forensics–the comprehensive, high-speed capture and analysis of network traffic–IT organizations and in-house security teams gain access to in-depth analysis of network traffic. Security teams can use network forensics to more quickly investigate and stop security attacks by acting on hard evidence about who, what, where, and when.

In February 2014, WildPackets surveyed more than 250 network engineers and IT professionals to better understand the availability and use of network forensics solutions in the enterprise. The survey, Trends in Network Forensics, revealed how many organizations have a network forensics solution in place as well as how organizations are using their network forensics solutions and its benefits.

A year has passed, and thanks to a series of highly publicized data breaches, including the Target and Anthem breaches, security is more than ever on IT organizations’ minds.

This month, WildPackets is kicking off the second annual network forensics survey to better understand how enterprises are using network forensics for security investigations and other IT operations. You can help shape the direction of network forensics in 2015 by participating in our survey. As a thank you, you will automatically have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card.

This short survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete. All data is completely anonymous. In order to get accurate results, we need a large sample of respondents across the community. The survey will be running through the month of February so don’t wait!

Survey URL: http://svy.mk/1zXwsou