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A less vulnerable network loses fewer data and, in general, is less exposed so that no havoc is caused at this level, which would not only be cheap but can go much further depending on the attack received, so is important to protect their systems and data, and there are resources for which explain how this works here: SD-WAN.
At the very least, a larger attack on critical infrastructure can cause disruption and put the IT assets at risk, but what about “redundant” systems where we have a system or technology that is redundant, which can still fail but without catastrophic loss of data or destruction of infrastructure? While the report states that these are as vulnerable as systems on a conventional network, what happens if the failover fails?
An incident on a cyber-grid could spread disruption to power generation, rail networks, or other key infrastructure assets and infrastructure because the failure mode could be unpredictable and destructive.
Still with me? Let’s review:
Failure mode: Non-systematic or “broken link” in a chain-repetition-transmission model.
Not-systematic: There is no evidence of an intentional attack, except for a very few cases.
Critical Infrastructure: Cyber-grid failure affects power generation, rail, communications, financial and other crucial assets, with loss of data leaving the customers without power or reliant on backup systems.
Cyber-grid: In case of any failure, failure modes include “systematic” and “broken link” which aren’t present in conventional infrastructure or networks.
There is no way to know what would happen because no one’s testing those levels, except some people talking.
What is that test to verify? I guess it’s like knowing if a car works but with different components, and without a human operator.
I’ve heard the “breakpoint” concept used, and “path forward” sometimes when I’m asked to point out the shortcomings of the cybersecurity approach.
“Back in 2010, during an event known as the Bellagio blackout, there was no way to know exactly where the outage was coming from. The team in charge of testing for such incidents was not familiar with the Internet, where the real-time capability of such services was limited and testing wasn’t comprehensive. What happened? A group of hackers took control of a router in one part of the network and used it to send a massive surge of traffic from a different part of the network, knocking out 100s of back-ups in seconds. Had a similar event happened on the public Internet, we would have seen complete chaos.” IT security expert John Diggs, speaking on Bloomberg on June 26, 2014.
So, what happened? Had we had a network with a system to failover (say, a petri dish that could “failover” to other different systems in a secure and reliable way), a disaster would have been avoided with far less disruption to consumers, businesses and the economy than if there had been an Internet outage. Many businesses are turning to managed network security services to secure their networks.
How can we really trust a central government to keep its promise?
“All we can say for sure is that our Federal government is open for business. And all we can say for certain is that the Constitution was not violated and that the cybersecurity program is working.” Vice President Joe Biden, on May 16, 2014.
It’s worth pointing out that the cybersecurity agencies and their critics are often at odds. While the U.S. government has yet to announce a major incident where a government or contractor system was compromised by cyber-criminals, some security experts and lawmakers complain that there is not enough transparency and privacy protections for consumers and businesses.
Managed Network Services (MNSs) are a form of service delivery wherein an enterprise hires a third-party provider to remotely handle network and end user support for them. A managed service provider usually charges a subscription fee and may offer tiered options or a la carte pricing models, depending on the size and needs of its client company.
Managed IT Providers and MSPs In general, managed IT providers and MSPs are responsible for overseeing network resources on an ongoing basis, while MSPs act as third parties that deliver these services directly to businesses. An MSP may also monitor network for issues, identify which resources need updating or replacement and recommend how the network should evolve over time.
Benefits of Utilizing Managed Network Services One key benefit of managed network services is allowing companies to tap into expertise from outside sources, which can benefit businesses in many ways - increasing customer satisfaction, decreasing downtime and strengthening data security to name just three examples.
IT management services can also help companies avoid data breaches and safeguard themselves against cyber attacks, while cutting the costs associated with running an IT department.
In most cases, managed IT providers and MSPs charge a set monthly fee that can be altered as the needs of an organization change. The fee typically depends on factors like number of devices supported, speed of connections and level of customer support provided.
Managed IT Providers (MITPs) are professional service providers that specialize in computer networking and IT management for organizations of all sizes. Among their many offerings is network planning, installation, maintenance and monitoring services.
IT outsourcing can free up internal staff to focus on tasks that provide greater value to the company, while giving IT departments respite from tedious daily tasks they must complete.
IT outsourcing can also save organizations money by eliminating the need for in-house IT personnel who do not possess enough experience with specific technologies needed for business growth. This can be especially advantageous to smaller enterprises that can use those savings towards growing their operations through other resources and initiatives.
The primary difference between IT outsourcing and management is that with IT management, an organization employs their own staff who oversee all aspects of its network; with IT outsourcing however, an organization outsources all IT infrastructure and personnel to a third-party service provider.
IT outsourcing can often be an ideal solution for smaller or mid-size businesses that lack the resources to fully manage their network in-house, and even for larger enterprises without budgetary restrictions that allow for an in-house IT team. Outsourcing can also offer numerous routine IT services through third parties that may otherwise go unused by your organization.
When it comes to network management, Halo handles it all. From design and configuration to activation, monitoring, and support, we live and breathe networking so you don’t have to. Not only that, but we also provide complete visibility and analytics, so you’re never in the dark about your network or application performance.
At Halo, our consultative approach ensures that your needs dictate the technology we deliver — not the other way around. We meet with you monthly to review your settings and fine-tune your applications. You'll even benefit from proactive alerts, carrier circuit remediation, and around-the-clock support every day of the year.
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Here’s what you reduce with SD-WAN:
Reduced bandwidth needs at hub or data center locations
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Loss of revenue due to network connectivity issues
Early termination fees to replace a failing vendors/carriers
Excessive surcharges and fees for which carriers are notorious
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Finally: a provider that actually delivers on what they say. Their client-first approach is such a relief compared to directly dealing with internet and SD-WAN providers. Halo’s attention to detail is refreshing, and they know how to communicate risk so a client can make informed business decisions. I highly recommend Halo Global as a managed SD-WAN solution provider.
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