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By 2020 the number of Internet of Things (IoT) devices installed across the world will be more than twice the figure for 2017, according to analyst firm Gartner. There are already around 8.4 billion connected devices today and Gartner says there will be 20.4 billion IoT devices deployed by 2020.

Unfortunately, these devices don't just pose risks to their owners, because attackers have now learned how to compromise IoT devices and effectively weaponise them to use against others.

IoT devices are now deployed in a wide variety of ways and most organisations use them for various monitoring tasks, including environmental control systems, access control and monitoring including CCTV cameras and webcams, inventory tracking and automation, appliance sensors, wearable devices, as well as connected vehicle and fleet management GPS trackers.

In May 2018, the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into effect. It's the most comprehensive piece of privacy legislation developed by any jurisdiction to date and goes way beyond the requirements of Australia's current privacy regulations.

What you may be wondering though is whether it affects Australian businesses? The short answer is that any Australian company that holds, controls or processes personal data of any EU residents, whether they are customers or employees, needs to be aware of it and be compliant by the May deadline.

The penalties for non-compliance are steep, starting with fines of €20 million (AU$31.2 million) and going as high as four per cent of global revenue, as well as sanctions including the power to stop a company trading in the EU.

There will be statutory obligations that include implementing technical and organisational security measures and indirect stipulations, such as deploying a due diligence process when on‑boarding a supplier, ongoing monitoring and exit management.

Australia has recently enacted new legislation on the federal level to bring its data security practices in line with nations like the United States. This was initiated with the intent of streamlining international cooperation concerning data storage on a corporate level and was enacted following numerous well-documented data breaches from companies as varied as Adobe to the American credit reporting agency Equifax(1).

On February 23, 2018, the Privacy Amendment (Notifiable Data Breaches) Act 2017 goes into effect requiring all businesses in Australia to notify the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and any impacted clients about any “data breach” under threat of severe penalty and public shaming(2). Here’s everything you need to know about this law and how it may impact your current business operations.

With Australia’s recent introduction of a mandatory data breach notification regime, it’s more important than ever to invest in cyber security. If an organisation has grounds to believe that there has been an eligible data breach, it must notify customers and the public. Failure to comply with this new law could result in fines of up to $1.8 million. One of the best ways to protect against potential breaches is through penetration testing, otherwise known as pen testing.  

Penetration testing involves testing a computer system network or Web application for vulnerabilities. Any vulnerabilities can be exploited by attackers, resulting in potentially huge breaches of security. As a result, pen testing is an essential component of an organisation’s security program and it should not be overlooked.

Our increased dependence on complex information systems, with ever-growing numbers of network endpoints, makes the role of IT first responders a critical one. More work is being demanded of fewer, often less-skilled, network and PC technicians. The sprawl of their networks across metros, regions, and even the globe adds to the difficulties of keeping systems running. This reliance on the connected world demands that frontline personnel keep networks running, whether troubleshooting an end user’s problem, setting up new cubicles, or deploying new technology, such as VoIP, IP surveillance or Wi-Fi access points. Continuous advances in networking technologies—from healthcare to government, energy to education—depend on the ability to share and grow ever bigger ideas more and more quickly.

Here at PlexNet we spend most of our time working with customers, providing solutions and generally trying to do the best we can for all our clients. From time to time though we also get to read what's out there on the internet.

With the increasing reliance on wireless and now Wave-2 IEEE 802.11ac there is a good migration checklist for organisations.

Issues typically start out with ‘the network is slow’!

It then becomes the responsibility of the network team to either prove or disprove this assumption and then provide a meaningful response to that comment.
TruView can provide the answers to where the problem lies. 

For most network teams it then the response falls into the category of MTTI - Mean Time to Innocence!

TruView is a live 24/7 monitoring solution continually updating the ’state of the environment’ and answers can usually be found within a couple of minutes.

Whilst TruView can generate reports on any screen on the system in a daily, weekly or monthly cycle the true power comes with the real-time data.

One of the important aspects when trying to understand network congestion or packet shaping is the effect of microbursts on the network. In some environments packetshaping can occur on a sub second basis, thus microbursts can trigger this oversubscription leading to dropped packets.

To analyse a link or network, tools with this feature is required. NETSCOUT's Network Time Machine does an excellent job at this.

Using Bluelight Throughput Test Mode testing the maximum available network bandwidth between any two points across the network is easy and intuitive .

The typical test setup is as follows.

 

 

Interesting article that looks at the benefits of using a tool like OptiView from a non-product perspective.

Video presented by Tony Fortunato from The Technology Firm

About PlexNet

PlexNet is a dynamic company providing technical services and solutions to the Australian ICT marketplace.

The company’s founders have over 38 years of combined technical and sales experience. This ensures PlexNet is more than able to meet the needs of its current and prospective clients.

Over the last 18 years we have worked closely with many vendors and technology solutions and this experience defines what PlexNet is today. The demands of the IT and data communications industry across the Australian and global marketplace are constantly changing and we are fully cognisant of these changes and welcome the challenges they present

With major global partners such as Colasoft, ExtraHop, Infoblox, NETSCOUT, ProfiTap, Spirent Communications and Virtual Instruments, and well supported by a number of other partners, PlexNet has an unparalleled solution and skill set.

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