Latest Content From Spirent

Whitepaper: BYOD: The Hidden Threat

by SpirentMay 25, 2014

Gone are the days when corporate network security could rely on a WAN gateway firewall and control of physical access. The increasing use of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) means threats can enter via your employees' personal devices.

A 2013 Ovum employee study shows that over sixty percent of employees bring their own devices to work and access corporate resources with them. Whilst BYOD brings numerous advantages, the Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report calculates the average cost of a data breach in the US is $5.4m.

This paper details the new corporate security landscape. It describes the measures necessary to guarantee corporate security and suggests how to select a test solution.

Whitepaper: Running on Faith-The Risk of Inadequate Network Testing

by SpirentMay 25, 2014

In many organisations, network infrastructure testing is neglected or overlooked. Yet Gartner estimates low-end computer network downtime costs $42,000 per hour. For a large company, the cost could be over ten times that.

In 2011, Sony Playstation's network was compromised – exposing the personal information of 77 million users. This created a 24-day outage and cost Sony over $24 billion. The same year an outage left Blackberry users without services for four days - crippling RIM's competitive position.

The cost of a test platform that delivers test realism is a fraction of the costs resulting from outages or security breaches. Best-practice enterprise network testing discovers performance limitations and validates vendor claims during acquisition; performs due diligence of proof-of-concept for network designs or upgrades; and plans for headroom and growth.

This paper reveals how inadequate testing is as bad as no testing. It creates a false sense of security. Effective testing requires proper tools, methodologies and expertise.

Whitepaper: Holding the Fort-Securing Your Network with App-Aware Firewall Testing

by SpirentMay 25, 2014

The news is littered with stories of enterprises that have suffered costly downtime and damaging lawsuits as a result of security breaches. Even high-profile names such as LinkedIn, Sony, and RSA are not immune. Lack of security is costly, but how much should an organisation spend to address their security issues?

When it comes to security, you spend money to lower risk - much like spending money on the legal department to reduce your liability.

But installing a security solution does not guarantee protection against a breach. With the new breed of next-gen firewalls, the problem becomes more complicated. Testing is the key to effective security. But inadequate testing creates a false sense of security.

This paper describes how a test platform that uses industry best practices, with the power to create realistic tests, allows organisations to test and deploy security solutions with confidence.

Whitepaper: How Strong is Your Malware Testing?

by SpirentMay 20, 2014

Malware is a large and growing problem - with an estimated 32% of computers worldwide infected in 2012. Worryingly, many of those infected computers would have been on networks protected by anti-Malware security measures.

Malware, which is short for malicious software, covers a broad category of hostile software. It is used to disrupt computer operation, gather sensitive information or gain access to private computer systems. Although advanced security systems can detect and prevent malware, they must be carefully tested and validated to ensure they are working properly.

This paper describes how security system testing requires a thorough methodology such as PASS (performance, availability, security and scale). PASS testing is carried out during normal business operation, under simulated conditions and at peak times.

Whitepaper: Running on Faith - The Risk of Inadequate Network Testing

by SpirentJul 31, 2012

The roster of enterprises that have suffered costly and damaging lawsuits as a result of outages or security breaches would be shorter had those organizations invested in testing a vital, mission-critical foundation of the modern enterprise, the network infrastructure.

Best-practices enterprise network testing includes discovering performance limitations and validating vendor claims during acquisition, performing the due diligence of proof-of-concept for network designs or upgrades, and planning for headroom and growth as requirements change.

However, inadequate testing is worse than no testing at all, as it creates a blind spot, a false sense of security. There are three elements of effective testing, the kind of testing that protects an organization from unpleasant and costly surprises: Proper tools, methodologies, and expertise. These three elements create test realism, which is essential for meaningful test results.

Whitepaper: High Quality Mobile TV: The Challenge for Operators to Deliver High-Quality TV to Mobiles

by SpirentJan 01, 2008

For nearly a half century, technologists have dreamed of making TV and video services truly mobile. Only recently have technical capabilities developed to turn this dream into a reality for delivering products with mass-market appeal. Furthermore, TV’s transformation from analog to digital has led to huge advancements in video compression/decompression that have reduced bandwidth requirements for acceptable quality video signals. This paper examines the business drivers behind Mobile TV, an overview of transmission mechanisms, the challenges of video compression and the how testing can help meet the inherent challenges.