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Deadly Downtime: The Worst Network Outages Of 2013
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Susan Fogarty
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Susan Fogarty,
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12/24/2013 | 9:33:33 AM
Re: Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
Samicksha, it's great to hear that you think your own corporate network has improved. It seems the challenges get far greater every day as cpmplexity, number of devices and threats to security increase. That makes it hard to make any network foolproof. In my opinion, if Google and Amazon are having outages, then it's going to be very difficult for any other organization to not experience the same thing.
samicksha
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samicksha,
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12/24/2013 | 3:12:01 AM
Re: Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
Not much but i can feel the improvement in my company network after we have moved our non-critical and non-productive applications to cloud with increasing IT LAN bandwidth, thank we did not have much critical outage in 2013 apart from a major outage in email services due to bandwidth breakdown.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/23/2013 | 4:42:29 PM
Re: Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
Thanks, Marilyn. I'll have to take a look at it!
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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12/23/2013 | 4:19:37 PM
Re: Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
That's a great point about Target Ariella. It's one thing to tune systems so they perform at 99.999 percent. But the hackers and cybercriminals seem to keep coming at us. We've had a few columns that address the need for IT to take a more offensive more posture agaist.  Check out The State of IT Security: It's Broken and Mobility & Cloud: A Double Whammy For Securing Data.
Ariella
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Ariella,
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12/23/2013 | 3:48:05 PM
Re: Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
@Marilyn well, there's security from outages, but then there is another form of security -- the type that keeps customer credit card and bank information secure. Target had a major breach of security on that end in its stores. Supposedly online transactions were safe, but just the breach on the store end was enough for major headaches and possible lawsuits for the retailer.
WKash
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WKash,
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12/23/2013 | 2:28:11 PM
BlackOuts
Let's hope these outages spur those who own and operate these -- and similar -- large scale networks to never rest on the laurels of 99.xxx Up time. The nation's economy depends more on more on these networks than ever before.

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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Marilyn Cohodas,
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12/23/2013 | 1:46:23 PM
Are your networks safer today than one year ago?
Curious to know whether readers think their company networks are more secure today than a year ago? Share what your organization has done to prevent outages -- or what steps they should take in 2014.
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