Network Infrastructure…where is all the talent?

30 July 2021

Ken Hillyer, international lead - network infrastructure at CNet Training

Ken Hillyer, international lead - network infrastructure at CNet Training

Earlier this year, the UK prime minister, Boris Johnson, praised broadband providers for helping to create more than 22,000 new jobs, this followed an announcement by the UK government on their target to roll out full fibre coverage to a minimum of 85% gigabit-capable at a cost of £1.2 billion by 2025.

Whilst this is great news for the number of recruitment opportunities that will be available within the sector, it comes at a time when there is already a serious skills shortage across network cable infrastructure. The pre-existing skills shortage was further hit recently by Brexit, with less European talent staying in the UK. Now, with this substantial full fibre target to meet, how will the sector be able to find enough people to undertake the essential installation needed? 

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Securing your network – from north to south and east to west

30 July 2021

Making your network safe from the traditional north to south perspective is no longer enough. In a digital world, micro-segmentation that secures it from east to west is also vital

In the modern era of cyber-crime, ransomware and digital threat vectors, your infrastructure security is more essential than ever. After all, a successful attack against a company’s IT infrastructure can easily impact an organisation’s earnings, damage its reputation, and compromise its operations.

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Netscout launches 'industry first' smart edge monitoring solution

28 July 2021

Netscout, a provider of cybersecurity, service assurance, and business analytics solutions, has introduced Netscout Smart Edge Monitoring "to give IT teams complete visibility and insights to assure the highest-quality end-user experience in any network or application regardless of where employees perform their job".

By reimagining service assurance for the hybrid enterprise, Netscout claims to be the first to introduce an entirely new, patent-pending architecture that combines smart data analytics with synthetic transaction testing to deliver visibility and support for the end-user experience whether working at home, business offices, or remote locations.

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UK firearms database breached

26 July 2021

Criminals have hacked into a website used for buying and selling firearms, stealing a 111,000-entry database containing partial information from a CRM product used by gun shops across the UK.

The Guntrader breach last week saw the theft of a SQL database powering both the Guntrader.uk buy-and-sell website and its electronic gun shop register product, comprising about 111,000 users and dating between 2016 and 17 July this year.

The database contains names, mobile phone numbers, email addresses, user geolocation data, and more including bcrypt-hashed passwords. It is a severe breach of privacy not only for Guntrader but for its users: members of the UK's licensed firearms community.

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