Archive for August, 2014

Palo Alto Networks Provides a New Breed of Intelligence to Detect and Prevent

Friday, August 8th, 2014
Taken from the Palo Alto Networks Blog.

Back in June, Microsoft patched 59 Internet Explorer vulnerabilities and Palo Alto Networks (PAN) discovered 21 of them, all rated critical. Then in July, we released findings about evolved Nigerian 419 scammers from Unit 42, the new Palo Alto Networks threat intelligence team.

The way we perform cybersecurity research is opening the door to a new breed of intelligence that I predict will reshape how organizations gather and share cyber intelligence while converting it to actionable indicators.

The reason is evasive applications.
I won’t go into exact numbers, but we have teams dedicated to knowing everything there is to know about enterprise applications and how attackers use them. You’ve seen that every year in PANs annual Application Usage and Threat Report and it’s something we stress in all of our research efforts. In addition, we’ve invested serious resources to create a scalable cloud infrastructure for our security researchers so they can immediately convert results from their research into actionable indicators for our customers.

What you’re going to see next is how this more comprehensive and coordinated approach creates a new breed of cybersecurity intelligence – one we can share with Palo Alto Networks customers and partners to make better-informed decisions about advanced cyber threats and how to prevent them.

When you have a chance, take a look at Applipedia, which was the industry’s first application-specific database used for actionable security intelligence. We add additional applications weekly, and continuously update evasive applications as they change. If you’re a current Palo Alto Networks customer, maybe you’ve been one of our (frequent) requests to perform one-off analysis on specific applications. It’s a service that continues to become powerful and valuable when security administrators need to control specific applications their businesses want to utilize. I can see CIOs and CISOs taking advantage of this type of service so they can remain relevant to business lines and reduce risk while embracing new applications.

Take the evasive application advantage away from attackers.
Evasive applications provide a significant advantage to attackers. To take back that advantage, companies need to control applications on their enterprise and distinguish the normal applications from the bad. All the security research performed by our experts is actionable intelligence converted back into our product for all customers so they can control applications out-of-the-box. This is in addition to continuous AntiVirus, WildFire, DNS, URLs, IPS and C2 updates across all network traffic…and yes, we do that stuff out-of-the-same-box as well.

Take some time to learn more about our new breed of intelligence by browsing the Unit 42 home page and quickly reading Palo Alto Networks new Consortium page to see their commitment to intelligence sharing.

Read the original piece from Palo Alto Networks.

Net-Ctrl is a UK based reseller of Palo Alto Networks solutions, we are also able to support your deployment with our in-house technical team.

If you would like to discuss the PAN solution range call our team on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.

Ruckus 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi Becomes Back to School Standard for Educational Institutions

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi Selected by Dozens of Schools and School Districts to Satisfy the Growing Need for Higher Capacity, Faster, and Smarter Wi-Fi Connectivity

SUNNYVALE, CA — August 4, 2014 — Ruckus Wireless, Inc. (NYSE: RKUS) announced today that its new 802.11ac products and technology have been selected by a number of schools, school districts and colleges and universities across the United States to tackle the growing demands for more reliable, faster and higher capacity Wi-Fi services needed to transform education in today’s classrooms.

“The traditional educational experience for students and teachers has gone digital and online,” said Will Kerr, technology director for the Reynoldsburg City School District, the latest school district to standardize on Ruckus 802.11ac products and technology. “Wi-Fi has become the primary means of connectivity, and it absolutely must operate as reliably as any utility. Conventional Wi-Fi technology was never really designed with this in mind.”

Located just east of Columbus, OH, the Reynoldsburg City School District has now replaced its legacy Aruba 802.11n Wi-Fi system with 405 new Ruckus ZoneFlex™ R700 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi access points. “Our existing Wi-Fi system was costly, difficult to manage and simply couldn’t keep up with the client capacities we needed to support for delivering a 21st Century education,” said Kerr. “This drove us to the R700.”

The ZoneFlex R700 is the first and only dual-band, three-stream indoor 802.11ac Wi-Fi access point (AP) for the new 802.11ac standard to integrate patented Ruckus BeamFlex+™ adaptive antenna array technology. BeamFlex+ helps to significantly extend the range and speed of indoor Wi-Fi networks, providing unmatched reliability and gigabit-class Wi-Fi performance.

Supporting more than 7,500 students and faculty across 14 schools within this 14 square mile school district, Reynoldsburg’s move to the 802.11ac standard was driven in large part by its one-to-one initiatives to provide Chromebooks to students and staff, as well as the explosive growth in the use of Wi-Fi for a variety of purposes, ranging from guest access to student information systems and back-end administrative applications.

According to Kerr, after evaluating competitive WLAN systems from suppliers including Aruba, Cisco Meraki and HP, Reynoldsburg standardized on the Ruckus ZoneFlex 802.11ac R700 system. The new Ruckus 802.11ac Smart Wi-Fi network replaces an existing Aruba WLAN infrastructure that was struggling to deliver the performance, capacity and stability essential for the District’s wireless requirements. Taking only three days to deploy, Ruckus ZoneFlex R700 APs have now been installed across District classrooms in 15 buildings housing pre-school (kindergarten), elementary, middle and high schools.

“After evaluating everything out there, Ruckus was the clear Wi-Fi choice as it was the only network infrastructure system that was ideally suited to address the unique requirements for Wi-Fi in education,” Kerr said.

The new Ruckus infrastructure also works seamlessly with the District’s iBoss network security system and Active Directory authentication domain to automate policy enforcement and content filtering based on user authentication. The entire Wi-Fi network for the District is centrally managed using Ruckus ZoneDirector™ 5000 controllers, located within Reynoldsburg’s network operations center (NOC).

“With Ruckus, we were able to install fewer but more industrial strength APs that could cover additional locations that I just couldn’t resolve with other suppliers. So, my original two-year deployment plan using a cloud-based Wi-Fi alternative that forced us into a subscription model could be reduced to a one-year plan, and at a substantially lower cost. This was a key deciding factor in selecting Ruckus over other cloud-based solutions we were considering,” Kerr concluded.

“We are seeing the migration to the new 802.11ac standard accelerating at a faster pace than the adoption of the 802.11n standard when it was first introduced,” said Wendy Cartee, vice president of Marketing for Ruckus Wireless. “Within our first quarter product shipments, our 802.11ac Wi-Fi systems have quickly eclipsed the run rate for three-stream 802.11n products.”

Read the full press release from Ruckus Wireless.

If you would like to discuss how Ruckus can help you achieve your wireless ambitions please call us on 01473 281 211, or email sales@net-ctrl.com.