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Canadian Critical Infrastructure at Risk for Cyber Attacks

Today’s IP news roundup highlights some of the latest headlines in network security, virtualization and more:

  • CTV reported that Canadian corporations and critical infrastructure are not taking enough measures to protect themselves against cyber attacks. According to the report, the scale of this problem is significant, as hackers are becoming more sophisticated and can exploit a growing number of software vulnerabilities to access corporate networks. The article also referenced an Auditor General’s report, which stated reportedly said that despite a commitment to protecting critical infrastructure from cyber attacks, the federal government has been slow to build partnerships with various stakeholders. For more information on gaps in Canadian cyber security, see CTV.
  • Industrial firewalls are needed to protect manufacturers from attacks. A DigiTimes article reported that manufacturers are turning to Ethernet-based process control networks to achieve greater efficiencies. However, this is also leaving them open to attacks on the public network. The article recommended that manufacturers use industrial firewalls – as opposed to commercial firewalls – to protect their production lines. The article quoted Hadwin Liu, director of product management, NEXCOM’s Network and Communication Solutions Business Unit, who stated, “Although commercial firewall technology has advanced significantly and received widespread adoption throughout the years, [it is] not designed to protect industrial process control networks. Due to the application differences between a commercial and industrial process control network, it requires an industrial firewall to secure sensitive and critical data exchanged in industrial process control networks and provide a deeper level of management and protection of nodes.” For more information on protecting industrial networks, see the DigiTimes article.
  • Database virtualization leads to lower costs and higher server utilization. According to the Head in the Cloud blog, database virtualization can help you achieve higher server utilization, “When the data is fused to the CPU, as a single unit, that one node is responsible for handling all usage spikes for its collection of data. This forces you to split the data thinly, across many servers (silos), forcing you to run each server at a low utilization rate. Database Virtualization decouples the data from the processing so that the spike in usage can be shared across many nodes on the fly. This enables you to run a virtualized database at a very high utilization rate.” Additional benefits of database virtualization include lower infrastructure and staffing costs. For more information, see “Why You Should Embrace Database Virtualization”.
  • A Forrester study has revealed that more enterprises are using consumer file sync and share technologies. While consumers have been using these cloud services – such as Dropbox – for some time to collaborate and share files, more professionals are starting to bring them into the enterprise. However, this can raise security issues, because these services operate outside the company’s controlled network. For more information on how to evaluate a cloud file sync and share service, see Computerworld. 
  • And finally … GM produced a video that shows how big data can save the world from vampire attacks. Check it out if you feel like procrastinating but are tired of watching cat videos. 

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