Rajant hosts Unicef fundraiser

20 November 2020

In the fight against Covid-19 and world hunger, Rajant Corporation has announced a fundraiser to raise awareness and funds for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), a United Nations agency responsible for providing humanitarian and developmental aid to children worldwide.

Rajant will match the audience's donations of up to $25,000 on the event day. Rajant’s livestream begins Thursday, November 19 at 9 AM ET on Rajant’s YouTube Channel. The stream will show the full seven-hour performance of musical artists from around the world.

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We all need a wireless environment we can trust

19 November 2020

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Wi-Fi is the most popular wireless networking protocol and has existed for more than 20 years. Yet the layer two surface of the seven-layer Open Systems Interconnection model (OSI), where Wi-Fi starts its initial connection sequences, has remained largely undefended from many cyber threats because there are no industry standards or common methods for testing the security efficacy of Wi-Fi access points. It is also because the market has prioritised performance over safety for way too long.

Because shockingly very little cyber security protection exists at layer two, even a rookie hacker armed with tools that cost under £150 tools and one of the many YouTube ‘how-to’ videos, could potentially steal passwords, files, intercept emails, install malware and much more.

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Virgin Media Business secures deal with Falkirk Council to help schools

17 November 2020

Credit: Falkirk Council/Lisa Evans

Credit: Falkirk Council/Lisa Evans

Virgin Media Business has signed a key public sector contract with Falkirk Council in Scotland that will see it improve connectivity in schools and support digital learning.

The operator will deliver new wireless networks in all the council’s 58 primary, secondary and additional support schools, providing more bandwidth to help them cope with the additional data traffic that will be generated by 18,000 new iPads given to students through the council’s Connected Falkirk project.


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Avoiding costly downtime – how MSPs can manage their network

16 November 2020

By Alan Stewart-Brown, VP EMEA, Opengear

For Managed Service Providers (MSPs), managing a network is a big responsibility. Availability is the top priority in order to provide customers with constant access to critical applications that help to ensure their businesses are able to function. When a network goes down this can be due to a variety of causes such as cyberattack, hardware failure or human error and the result of this downtime can cost enterprises over $100m loss in revenue a year.

The need for network resilience has become even greater during the Covid-19 pandemic. Even with lockdown measures easing and offices beginning to re-open, many employees who have adapted to working from home are continuing to do so. The requirement to work from home has placed increased strain on networks and a heightened sense of importance on seamless connectivity. With some businesses choosing to switch permanently to a hybrid model where workers can choose to work from home or the office, it seems the need for MSPs to ensure greater resilience and uptime may be here to stay.

Surges in demand and increased network traffic from the remote working revolution and the switch to the hybrid model could potentially cause an increase in outages. A scaled-back workforce could make dealing with the increased network traffic and demand more challenging for MSPs and could also provide hackers with exploitation opportunities.

The consequences of downtime

The pandemic isn’t the only threat to network uptime. Network outages were a very real threat to service levels prior to the pandemic and, without the right solutions in place, they could continue to be a significant threat as the world continues to adapt to the new normal.

While there is constant investment and improvement of network reliability and robustness, there is always a chance that a hardware failure from software updates or misconfiguration, through to database faults can lead to downtime. Depending on the severity of the fault, that downtime can last for days. Even in the best-case scenario where downtime might last only a couple of minutes, the impact on the enterprises relying on the affected network can be serious.

Downtime can have many negative impacts on enterprises, from huge revenue losses, to damaged customer relationships leading to reputation damage, to loss of productivity. Worse still, the momentary loss of business-critical applications that rely on an affected network can bring enterprises to a grinding halt. In this scenario, the loss of data from that application can result in legal and financial headaches.

In such scenarios, relationships between enterprises and MSPs they once relied on can quickly turn sour as network outages are often a breach of Service Level Agreements. Some enterprises might seek financial recuperation from the MSP while others might look to change providers completely. For MSPs, this can result in more than losing valuable customers – it can also have a negative impact on their reputations.

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