Profile of Mike FrattoFormer Network Computing Editor
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Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics and executive editor for Secure Enterprise. He has spoken at several conferences including Interop, MISTI, the Internet Security Conference, as well as to local groups. He served as the chair for Interop's datacenter and storage tracks. He also teaches a network security graduate course at Syracuse University. Prior to Network Computing, Mike was an independent consultant.
Articles by Mike Fratto
posted in March 2009
If it's spring, it must be InformationWeek's Annual Security Survey, where we gather and analyze changes in security practices. Please join the 40,000 security professionals, IT staff, and managers who have participated in this landmark survey in recent years.
The last two weeks have brought us two different attack vectors affecting servers and PC's alike. First Invisible Things Lab's Joanna Rutkowska and Rafal Wojtczuk presented the details of an attack on Intel's System Management Module which lets the malware do whatever it wants and effectively hides from everything else. Meanwhile, An
Network connections have been getting faster over time and, correspondingly, applications have been keeping pace by getting fatter. Add in the changes in how applications are delivered as Web applications, hosted applications, and virtual desktops, application performance is becoming increasingly important. We want to get your thoughts on application delivery. Please take a few moments to fill out our InformationWeek
In "DNSSEC: Forgetting The User, Again," I opined about why users should be notified about signed vs. unsigned DNS responses. Dan Kaminsky, a security researcher with IOActive, and I got into a quick conversation about DNSSEC, SSL, and trust on the Internet. Kaminsky had some interesting thoughts on distributing trust.
Web application security is of particular importance because so much of our digital life is spent interacting with Web applications. Lori MacVittie, technical marketing manager with F5 and former Network Computing senior technology editor, has spent years kicking the question of where application security belongs -- in the network or the application -- back and forth. But I want to draw a line in the sand: Don't depend on Web application firewalls to fix your software problems.
What has been happening to your data center port density over the years? If you've been adding server hardware, then chances are port density has been increasing in one's and two's. But if you've been adding virtualization, the port density may be rising in four's or eight's as you try to balance network I/O over multiple NIC's. Get ready to virtualize your management.