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The Economics of Cyber-Attacks

April 4, 2017 — by Mike O'Malley0

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How to Provide State of the Art Protection against Real World Threats

We live in a world where increasing numbers of complex cyber breach tools are available on the Darknet. But what is the Darknet and how do we protect against it? The Darknet is an anonymous and obfuscated section of the internet where criminals can exchange information, tools and money to carry out attacks with little or no traceability. The Darknet provides a service marketplace where criminals can do many of the same things that law-abiding citizens do every day. Criminals search the internet (anonymously). They exchange emails with other criminals and prospective customers, they read news on the latest opensource tools available to perform effective attacks. They even have an online marketplace where cyber-attack services can be ordered and placed into your online shopping cart. In fact, a Darknet marketplace recently advertised $7,500 to rent the now notorious Mirai botnet – the same botnet used to generate a several hundred gigabit multi-vector attack that took down the services of Amazon, BBC, HBO, Netflix, PayPal, Spotify, and many others in October 2016.

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Web Internet Companies and Carriers are Deciding to Just be Friends

December 22, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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As the Carrier vs. cloud competitor discussion has raged over the past few years, it seems there has been a truce called in the last few months.  Rewind back a few years ago and the Web Internet Companies (WICs) and Carriers were mortal enemies fighting over the same space.  As such, Carriers moved to buy or build their own Cloud data center operations.  Verizon buying Terramark for 1.4B in 2011 being just one such example.

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APAC Carriers need time to prepare all the changes required for 5G

October 6, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley1

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Carriers converged on Singapore last week to discuss the state of the industry and plans for 5G. Singapore remained the same as ever.  Hot and humid weather dominated the banking and shopping mecca in SE Asia. The global slowdown is being felt there, particularly in the continued slide in housing prices, which peaked here in 2013.

Amid this environment, most major APAC Carriers don’t plan to roll out commercial 5G services until 2020. Highlighting the need for continued technical trials, finding the elusive 5G killer app, and the continuing evolution of 5G standards, the APAC Carriers showed little resolve to push 5G commercially prior to 2020.

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Increased interest in Managed Security at Light Reading NFV and Carrier SDN event

October 4, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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Last week in Denver, Carriers discussed their plans to migrate their networks to NFV and SDN, and what they’ve learned so far.  Some themes were predictable.  Carriers see agility and service innovation as the key drivers for their NFV/SDN deployments.  This driver is fundamentally more important to them than cost reduction, though they are seeing reduced costs in deploying NFV over proprietary hardware.  Accordingly, the new generation of Open Source Standards bodies (OPNFV, ONF, and ODL) is seen as more important than the traditional IETF and ETSI standards bodies since it’s through them that Carriers see the ability to compete with more agile open source deployments.  However, the presiding theme throughout the conference was that Managed Security Services are clearly on Carriers’ minds as they make this transition.

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Uber-less Austin virtually full of common themes at Light Reading’s BCE

May 27, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley1

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In the “Silicon Hills” capital of the deep South, the world of technology movers and shakers descended upon Austin’s Convention Center for Light Reading’s Big Communication Event to discuss the latest disruptive technologies ripe to revolutionize the way we communicate.

Meanwhile, in the streets of Austin, a prickly regulation battle forced ultra-hip transportation companies Uber and Lyft to move their businesses out of the metro area. As a result, community engineers rallied around the clock to create a new app, called Ride-Austin, to fill the void – and reportedly in only 2 weeks’ time! This is only fitting in a startup town like Austin, as modern businesses everywhere are confronted with the reality of offering services to consumers in a nimble, automated, intelligent, dynamic, and virtual manner.

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Carrier deployments of Openstack and NFV move from science project to global rollout

May 5, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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After lots of good BBQ and craft beer in Austin last week, I’ve had a chance to reflect on what I saw at the Openstack conference. If we weren’t already convinced that carriers are determined to break vendor lock-in and deploy Openstack and NFV—no matter what the challenges— we should be now.

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NFV World Congress: vCPE and Easy Wins

April 29, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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Attending the NFV World Congress last week gave me a chance to talk to many carriers about their migration into a virtualized network. Many have made big progress. In fact, Verizon has already begun to deploy an OpenStack environment.

Carriers continue to aggressively push into NFV with NTT announcing they will virtualize 75% of their network by 2020.  AT&T and now NTT Docomo and many others have either declared their virtualization goals or have begun to take active steps toward achieving them.

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Mobile World Congress 2016 Recap

March 1, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley5

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After all the meetings have finished, the jamon has been eaten, Rioja has been drunk and all the world’s Mobile Carriers have returned from Barcelona, what have we learned?  And does it fit with what we expected?  As predicted, Mark Zuckerberg chided the industry for focusing too much on IoT connections (who would not open new Facebook accounts), but he also spoke about spending more to connect to people in the developing world (who would open new Facebook accounts).

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What to Expect at MWC 2016

February 18, 2016 — by Mike O'Malley0

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Once again another year has started and the Mobile industry will descend upon Barcelona to discuss the latest trends.  There will be the obligatory talks about over-the-top applications. Tech personalities like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will discuss how all people on the planet need a fast mobile Internet.  The Tier 1 Carriers will all discuss their plans for 5G.  I do, however, expect to see some new themes this year that will add new dimensions to this yearly event.