The end of the eight-character password is nigh

Moore’s Law turns 50, Avaya on ‘ugly’ networks and more

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Why eight-character passwords are no longer enough

While eight children was more than enough for the 1970s sitcom family, eight characters just won’t cut it for a modern password in an increasingly dangerous online world. Howard Solomon reports on the demonstration at the RSA Conference of a password-cracking server that broke four out of five MD5 passwords in less than five minutes. It seems scrambled passwords – and probably two-factor authentication – are in our near future.

As it turns 50, was Moore’s Law ever really a law?

As Moore’s Law – which in its first iteration held that the number of transistors per square inch you can fit on an integrated circuit will double every year – turns 50, and Intel co-founder Gordon Moore relaxes on a Hawaiian beach with his billions of dollars, Dave Wilby points out how Moore never really called it a law, but more of an observation. And one that wasn’t meant to exist in perpetuity anyway. Still, it’s hard to deny its legacy.

Your network is ugly and stop pretending it’s not

Avaya’s Jean Turgeon doesn’t beat around the bush: your network is ugly, and your approach to software-defined networking may just be putting lipstick on your networking pig. Most networks are an aging hodgepodge of racks and software at a time when business is demanding it do more and more. And while software-defined networking (SDN) is supposed to be the salvation, Turgeon argues many models deliver complexity in the quest for simplicity. He has some advice on the right approach to take.

Only YOU can prevent data breaches!

You can’t count on your users to prevent data braches. That’s the message Rob Enderlee takes from the RSA Conference, where increasingly personal spearfishing attacks targeting executives with greater network access was a discussion topic. We’ve long been focused on prevention – with limited success – so Enderlee argues it’s time to focus more on two other areas of security: response and protection. If we can’t stop them from getting in, let’s limit the damage they can do and make sure we track them down.

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No, meetings via teleconference do not have to be such a joke

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46 SIP trunking LinkedIn groups are probably too many. Join these ones

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