Can a Boeing 777 Airliner be Brought Down by a Cyber Attack?

Bottom line: It is not only conceivable, but Boeing itself has warned about it.

As a former United States Air Force Aviator, and also an Electronic Warfare Officer on B-52s for several years, I’ve learned that aircrafts are vulnerable, just like everything else. My time spent in service to our country provided me unique insight into these security vulnerabilities and that’s why I feel this is an opportunity for me to share the knowledge I’ve gained from my experience, especially as the discussion of airline safety fills daily headlines.

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Geopolitics and Cyber: A New War?

This week, I was interview by Fox Business on how hacktivism takes center stage when geopolitical tensions rise. (Geopolitical Tensions Invade Cyberspace, March 11, Fox Business)

In the interview, we discussed how groups and actors that are against state-run edicts, policies and the like take to the web to quickly mobilize and then antagonize and disrupt their adversaries. They leverage online outlets such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and other social media properties as their platform to denounce who they’re against and why.

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Case Studies: Three Benefits of Automated Performance Optimization

If you go looking for case studies that prove the business value of improving website performance, chances are you’ll encounter a number of studies that focus on obvious ecommerce metrics like cart size and sales. But there are a number of other ways that improving performance can move other business metrics. Today, I want to highlight a few of these metrics using some customer case studies.

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My Thoughts on RSA 2014: Bigger and More Expensive Means Better?

My hat’s off to the organizers of RSA 2014 which is held every year in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, as they achieved an unbelievable event this year.   The show was not only incredibly well attended, (rumored to be over 25,000 attendees) with a record breaking year of attendance from the vendor community that required two enormous exhibition halls, but it was well organized.   All-in-all, I believe that if one couldn’t get from the RSA Show what they wanted, then the problem probably laid more with the seeker than the organizers of this show!

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The Ride from RSA 2014 & Taxi Wars

The RSA Conference was amazing this year — bigger, more robust and crazier than I have ever seen it.  The only void I noticed among the technical vendors was addressing the issue of hacktivism.  In the packed conference and crowed exhibition halls, I never came across a discussion about this phenomenon.  Can we forecast this risk?  Do we know its long term effects?  I think most of us are still befuddled by this concept. 

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The Case for Auto-Preloading: The Anatomy of a Battle-Tested WPO Treatment

Looking back on more than six years of implementing web performance optimization (WPO) in the field, auto-preloading is by far the single most effective performance optimization technique I have seen. It provides the most benefit — we often achieve more than 70% acceleration from this technique alone.

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REPORT: State of the Union for Ecommerce Page Speed & Web Performance (Winter 2013-14)

Our newest quarterly performance state of the union, released earlier this week, analyzes the load time of the top 500 ecommerce sites and compares their current performance to their performance one year ago. Among other things, we learned that the median web page takes 9.3 seconds to load — a 21% slowdown in the past twelve months.

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How Can NFV Help Service Providers?

In nearly every country I traveled to in the past two quarters, the same vision repeated itself:   giant billboards promoting 4G mobile services — that are already commercially available!  It seems that Long Term Evolution (LTE) keeps gaining momentum, exhibiting unprecedented mobile traffic demand and setting more stringent cost-effectiveness requirements to mobile and wire-line service providers.  The result?  Today, more than ever, mobile operators require their networks to be more flexible, programmable, and — smart.

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