2018 FIFA World Cup, the world’s largest sport event this year, is held in Russia and participated by 32 national teams contesting through a qualifying competition with more than 1.5 billion soccer viewers worldwide. In fact, this is considered the most costly World Cup so far, with latest technological deployments like 5G infrastructures and VR-assisted equipments. However, such high-profile events are attracting potential cyber attacks at the same time. For example, the Winter Olympics in early 2018 was found with an incident that the IP television in the press center was hacked during the opening ceremony.
In today’s business landscape, enterprises are relying more and more on cloud-based web applications to offer 24/7 serviceability, enhance competitiveness and expand user bases. Whether these web applications are deployed on –premises with private cloud settings or in cloud infrastructure with large data center, they have become frequently exposed to cyber criminals and suffered from web service outages caused by advanced cyber attacks, such as DDoS, spear-phishing, and SQL injection. According to Q3, 2016 State of Internet Security released by Akamai, in the Web Application Attack Frequency, SQLi accounted for nearly 50% of observed web attacks.
Industry 4.0’s promising technology trends encompass areas and applications such as the Internet of Things, cyber security, the cloud datacenter, horizontal/vertical system integration, data mining/analytics, AR, VR, 3D printing and robotics; what all these technologies have in common is that they must rely on some sort of networking architecture/framework in order to deliver the innovation, profits, benefits and convenience promised.
However, in order to manage and meet the demands of a telehealth system on which the medical staff depend for delivering top of the line care in the form of video, voice and data transfer directly to patients located in different locations, a robust and scalable network is an absolute must.
Over the past two years hundreds of enterprise, including those in the retail sector, have been adapting and deploying Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) solutions to keep up with the exponential increase in the demand for network bandwidth on which more and more resource-hungry applications are run, in order to not only facilitate omni-channel integration but also to deliver the next generation store experience for today’s consumers and shoppers. This is especially true and important for growing organizations with global presence, seeing as resources within such businesses are often spread out and shared locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
Due to the rapid evolution of cyber attacks, businesses and organizations across the world, no matter large or small scale, are exposed to extremely high risks of data security threats. The recent widespread of ransomware attacks has disrupted operations and profitability to many corporations and institutions. According to statistics, the top three victimized countries are United States, Taiwan and Japan. Recently, even well-known religious organizations and hospitals in Taiwan have been attacked by ransomware. In 2016 alone, experts have determined the most infamous global ransomware attacks: CryptoWall, Locky and Cerber, each accounted for approximately 41%, 34% and 24% respectively.
Data breaches are usually intentional leaks of information without authorization, normally by hacking actions. Data breaches are destructive nightmares to major corporations and organizations because it severely damages not only their profitability, but also trust and reputations. Victims are usually giant corporations or organizations with huge base of users or member, which means gigantic amount of data as the target for hackers. In fact, some user or member data are highly sensitive or confidential and this will severely ruin the serviceability and reliability of the service providers.