Cyber Attacks: What risk does the cyber-security skills gap pose?

Many firms are looking to enhance their software and systems during 2017 as they attempt to better face up to the rising tide of risk.

With cyber-security being a growing concern, one problem dogs those within the financial service industry that want to counter the attacks: a shortage of cyber-security skilled personnel.

David Trossell, Bridgeworks CEO shared his thoughts on the topic with Kurtosys.

“It’s not just occurring in the cyber-security world; it’s happening across all sectors in IT at the moment.” He adds that cyber-security is a one against many scenario. “It only takes one hacker to attack thousands of organisations, and each of them needs a full-time team of cyber-security experts to protect themselves”, he says. He claims that “anonymous money” via Bitcoin has created many opportunities and bigger rewards – “especially as we are seeing websites that are providing ready-made packages for hackers, creating Crime-as-a-Service.”

 

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Is edge computing set to blow away the cloud?

Just about every new piece of technology is considered disruptive to the extent that they are expected to replace older technologies. Now there is edge computing, which some people are also calling fog computing and which some industry commentators feel is going to replace the cloud as an entity.

Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, discusses whether edge computing will blow away the cloud for CloudTech.

“While physics is certainly a limiting and challenging factor that will always be at play in networks of all kinds – including WANs, it is possible today to place your datacentres at a distance from each other without suffering an increase in data and network latency. Latency can be mitigated, and its impact can be significantly reduced no matter where the data processing occurs, and no matter where the data resides.

So let’s not see edge computing as a new solution. It is but one solution, and so is the cloud. Together the two technologies can support each other.”

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Reviewing a storage smorgasbord

When The Register decided to take a closer look at the data storage options on offer, Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, looked at the Data Expedition Inc (DEI) FAQ.

“If their claim is 900Mbps that’s on par with the guys about but that then becomes the limit as you have to manage all the transactions. In fact there is very little difference in the product to the two leaders in this market, Aspera and Signiant.

“Our technology… uses TCP but with the parallelisation we can overcome the traditional limitations of TCP. By using TCP instead of UDP we can make use of the offload engines in the Network cards. This give us a very low CPU and memory overhead compared to the UDP guys which in turn allows us to scale all the way up to 40,000Mbps (with higher bandwidths in the pipeline.)”

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Is blockchain really ready for widespread adoption?

Originally appearing in ITProPortal, the article from Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, on the challenges facing bitcoin, and how data acceleration can make it more secure, also appeared in Top Data News.

Blockchain has grown in popularity but recently, it has been subsumed by massive episodes of fraud and losses, and internal political wrangles.

“As this technology spreads into other walks of life, not only could the size of the chains increase but also the number of Blockchains could multiply rapidly globally, as well as within a single organisation such as Walmart where it has a diverse supply infrastructure.”

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Maximising the potential of the Industrial Internet

Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) are facing a key challenge, because the files they send to their colleagues and CAD partners across the globe are so large.

How can their IT teams mitigate the effects of latency in Wide Area Networks (WAN) to enable them to work uninterrupted by slow network connections?

David Trossell, Bridgeworks CEO, shares his thoughts with Digitalisation World:

“With the ubiquitous access to the internet it is now possible to gather data from every part of the world and bring it back to a central hub for analysis, and you can design an aircraft or a car in one country while manufacturing it in another.”

“Moving files around between various data silos can be inhibitive even over a LAN – the cost of 10Gb networks are dropping considerably, but with WANs the problem is about moving data over distance because of latency.”

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How cloud, IoT and mobile devices are driving demand for edge datacentres

With the demand for edge datacentres and computing resources steadily rising, we are now asking what’s driving the trend? And what does it mean for enterprise datacentre and infrastructure strategies?

ComputerWeekly asked BridgeWorks CEO, David Trossell, to comment on whether this move back to having data processed at the edge rather than the core will spell the end of a centralised cloud.

“While customers are often pushed to buy into the latest and greatest technology, what they really need is choice. Sometimes it just doesn’t solve the issue they wish to resolve, or meet their needs.”

“Organisations need to clearly define what they need, and be sure that edge computing is the most viable option for them over other options that are available on the market.”

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How to support video with mitigated latency

There is an increasing proliferation of video content, but latency problems can dog many marketers and consumers.

How we produce, consume, and store information has changed dramatically over the past few years with the YouTube and Facebook generation growing up.

Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, has shared with Digitalisation World how employing more innovative solutions driven by machine intelligence can mitigate the effects of latency.

“With the increasing proliferation of video content, why should anyone by concerned about the volume of video that is being produced and latency? From a competitive advantage perspective, increasing volumes of video data means that there is more noise to contend with in order to get marketing messages across to one’s target audiences. So there is more pressure on internet and on content delivery services with increasing demand and higher quality play out, but on the whole many of these facilities have been sorted even with seamless stitching advertising services. If latency impinges on livestream services, too, then the viewer is likely to choose the network with the fastest stream.”

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How does accelerating data fit with business risks?

In today’s world, top companies are becoming increasingly data driven. Thanks to automation, big data and artificial intelligence (AI), the value of data has never been higher, but this is starting to raise questions.

Bridgework’s Chairman, Jamie Eykyn, discusses why regular data management reviews are important to look after data and not put businesses at risk.

“In many Western economies based on service, financial and knowledge industries, data starts changing from a burden to a valuable asset. Like any asset, these highly valuable, ever increasing data volumes must be protected and stored in the same manner as any other asset. For the data-driven organizations, this requirement matters even more.”

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Is blockchain really ready for widespread adoption?

Blockchain has grown in popularity but recently, it has been subsumed by massive episodes of fraud and losses, and internal political wrangles.

ITProPortal have asked Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, to apply his expertise to the challenges facing bitcoin, and how data acceleration can make it more secure.

“As this technology spreads into other walks of life, not only could the size of the chains increase but also the number of Blockchains could multiply rapidly globally, as well as within a single organisation such as Walmart where it has a diverse supply infrastructure. This no longer becomes just a computational burden but also a data transportation problem.   

To maximise the security and performance, the greater the number and diversity of nodes or miners the better, but this leads to a problem of how to transfer this encrypted data around the world in a performant and efficient way. In the past we have used compression to improve the performance of data transmission over large distances, but trying to compress encrypted data is very inefficient. What is therefore needed instead is a technology such as PORTrockIT to enable data to travel more securely and faster than before – making it harder for hackers to gain unauthorised access to even Blockchain data. This is a need that the customer wants to be addressed, and it can now be done well”.  

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How data acceleration will make the blockchain even more secure

With blockchain revolutionising financial systems and attempting to change the world, caution still needs to be applied. Cloud Tech asked Bridgeworks CEO, David Trossell, to discuss whether the reality can match the hype around blockchain, and how data technology can increase security.

“In contrast to Salmony’s personal viewpoint I think that blockchain technology will likely, maybe, or possibly change the world. It will revolutionise the financial systems overnight, taking away the need for the slow incumbent banks and their stuffy 300 year old way of doing things. For anyone that has been in the IT industry for the last 20 years will know and recognise the hype cycle that tends to happen when a new technology emerges – just look at the internet.”

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