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Founded in 1997, Network Critical has been providing high-quality Network TAPs and Network Packet Brokers. CEO and founder Alastair Hartrup has been at the helm since its foundation and under his leadership the company has grown from zero to a global multinational business.

Smarter, Faster And Simpler: The 3 Keys To Better Traffic Monitoring

In the world of high technology there are three key specs that distinguish the best products from the mediocre – Smaller, Faster and Simpler. Over the last decade we have seen advancement from 1/10Gbps to 25Gbps to 40/100Gbps. These rapid advancements, while great for users, are challenging for network architects and managers who are tasked with monitoring, managing and protecting the networks and the information they move. There are many specialised tools designed to monitor network data flows. Some of these tools are built for analysis and optimisation of network traffic. Some tools are designed to block malicious attacks and deter theft of confidential information. In either case, the job of these tools becomes exponentially more difficult as network speed increases. It is much mo...

IoT In The Big City: A Risk And Reward

Back in the 1960s Disneyland had a ride called ‘Utopia’. It was a glimpse into the future of human cities and gave us a taste of what smart cities could be. Of course, everything on Utopia from its stoplight-less streets and smooth traffic control was pre-programmed. It was just a theme park ride after all. However, this shows that humanity has had the idea of a smart city on its mind for a long time. This idea is something we are only recently able to make into reality. Just like the ride, smart cities help to create a ‘utopia’ where life is streamlined and less frustrating. Unfortunately, like with most good things, there are plenty of problems that could ruin the dream for millions and these are caused by the threat of cyber-attacks. 2018 has just begun but already many are expecting it...

Top 5 Innovation Trends For 2018

Welcome to 2018. Every year I try to spot some trends that will influence or perhaps change our lives in the future. Often, even incremental advances can lead to big changes over the course of time. Here are my top five trends for advances that have the potential to change how we live our lives.  1. Materials The physical foundation for invention is materials. New innovations in materials enable the development of new products never thought possible. Graphene is the material that will make many 21st century tech, medical and industrial innovations possible. Graphene is a newly discovered carbon-based material that has unique properties at the atomic level. The physical science behind it would take a while to describe but the possibilities for advancing technology are great. Because of the ...

Top 5 Network Security Trends For 2018

2017 has been a big year for network security. We had major cyber-attacks that took some business’ offline for weeks and an increase in cyber warfare from Russia and North Korea that paints the picture of an upcoming digital battlefield. Of course, with the rise in new attacks there have also been new measures put in place to prevent this with cyber security budgets going up in many businesses, from the independently owned to government controlled. Network security is becoming a serious business in the enterprise world, so here are five trends I expect to see in 2018. 1. The Number 1 Priority Cyber-attacks are on the rise and as we see an increase in the quantity and quality of security threats enterprises are expected to treat internal network threat detection and response as a top priori...

Don’t Underestimate The Threat Of Cyber Warfare

Cyber warfare is a real threat and it is happening as we write. Government and corporate cyber resources are under attack around the globe. Nowhere has this been as apparent than with all the recent news about North Korea. The closed-off country has been making waves in the news recently after being credited for several cyber-attacks on the UK and US throughout November. The scariest part is how easy and risk-free this has been for them so far and is a real sign that we as countries need to beef-up our cyber security just as much as our physical security. Of course, North Korea is only the most recent case of cyber warfare in the world. There are many other case studies we can look at from the past. Earlier this year the Department of US Navy was hacked through contractor emails. 134,000 s...

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