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Celebrations, lists and predictions are all to be indulged in as we approach the festivities and a new year. I’m no exception so here are a few of my predictions for the world of LTE as we go into 2014.

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Over the last few decades a great deal of research has gone into ensuring that the integration of IT systems turns into business value.

  

There is a famous IT textbook that has been used on many IT degree courses over the years called 'The Mythical Man Month'. Written by Frederick Brooks who worked for IBM as a project manager for the System/360 project in the 1960s, it was all about ensuring that complex IT projects were managed well and delivered on-time.  Since its original publication in the mid 70s (there was a second updated edition in 1995) the IT revolution has continued at a terrific speed and it is now recognised that whilst delivering an IT system to time and budget is important, its ability to integrate smoothly into an organisation and add significant value is even more so.

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I contend that MSPs, consumers and third party services providers such as banks take mobile network security for granted. I really don’t think any segment has fully thought through the implications for them, their brand, their ability to win new business, or the safety of personal information and all that implies. A new white paper by the Juniper team takes a look at some of the underlying causes and effect. My blog calls out some of the highlights and also gives you a link to download the white paper.   

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to explain the benefits of SDN and NFV is less than sixteen minutes. Brian Levy (CTO, Service Provider, EMEA) accepted the challenge and we recorded the results for you to watch. This blog outlines what he speaks about and also has a direct link to view the recording.

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npound

Bo Diddley and the LTE Security Debate – Who Do You Trust?

by Juniper Employee ‎10-31-2013 04:03 AM - edited ‎10-31-2013 05:46 AM

LTE offers mobile operators a chance to fight back against the “cost-per-bit” culture that has come to dominate a market with falling ARPU. But Patrick Donegan, writing in a paper by Heavy Reading, feels there will be a close correlation between financial performance and the adoption of end-to-end IP Security. Why then, do many operators find it an acceptable risk not to adopt end-to-end IPSec?

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Imagine if you would the following conversation between the Captain and Co-Pilot of a commercial airliner as they prepare the plane for take off

 

Captain: “Fuel”?                               Co-Pilot: “Check”

Captain: “Flaps set”?                      Co-Pilot: “Check”

Captain: “Doors secured”?           Co-Pilot: “err no”

 

Clearly no airline crew would progress the check any further, the doors would be secured before the check was run again to ensure the plane was in the right condition to fly.

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Last week was a very busy one for us folks at Netutils as we partnered with Juniper Networks at IP EXPO 2013. It was great to meet up with so many of our customers and meet many new customers equally passionate about securing their networks and data.

 

One of the highlights of this event was Henrick Davidsson’s presentation on Securing the Data Centre, Going Beyond IP’ onDay 1 in the Security & Governance Theatre.

 

Here are some key points he made during his presentation:

 

The Threats are Real

 

IT Security professionals around the world are faced with a constantly changing battleground when it comes to dealing with cyber threats.  The number of devices that need to be protected within an organisation now averages 3.5 per employee, and 60% of victims don’t discover that they have had a breech for weeks and in some case months and research has shown that the average cost of these breaches is as high as $11m.

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Gilles

Delivering Operation-Critical WLANs

by Gilles ‎10-21-2013 01:51 AM - edited ‎10-21-2013 06:49 AM

4 (tough) questions CIOs need to ask their network vendor

 

Once a convenience for a few laptop-carrying employees, WLANs now deliver critical applications and services to employees and customers alike. I take a look at what that means for WLAN design and highlights 4 critical questions every CIO needs to ask.

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“The days of planning via Erlangs are dead.” So said Juniper Networks’ Steve Shaw in a recent webinar. Unpredictable growth and unpredictable real time demand require new thinking in mobile network planning. Steve was joined by Humair Raza who, acknowledging you cannot build a business on cost savings alone, was keen to demonstrate new ways of turning the network into a platform for revenue growth. Between them, they make a compelling case for revising how we think about mobile backhaul networks.  

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npound

Will LTE Security Separate the Coke from the 4G Can?

by Juniper Employee ‎09-12-2013 05:34 AM - edited ‎10-31-2013 05:22 AM

There are many things we take for granted these days; mobile networks for instance. It’s a long time since I’ve heard a discussion about the merits of one operator over another. Many people feel operators are vanilla and the real flavour is in the content they experience. But LTE will change that in a surprising way. Operators’ attitudes to LTE Security differ in an alarming way and will influence many people’s buying decisions. Read on to discover what a new paper from Heavy Reading reveals about these attitudes and the approaches adopted by many operators.

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npound

LTE Security, Brand and the Future of Mobile Network Operator's

by Juniper Employee ‎09-05-2013 07:12 AM - edited ‎10-31-2013 05:36 AM

Mobile network operators have two weapons at their disposal as they defend themselves against becoming commoditised utility providers. The first is the advent of LTE and LTE-A, the second is their brand reputation. Both can be leveraged to deliver new services to consumers and to enter new markets such as mobile health. But LTE introduces new security vulnerabilities that could compromise sensitive information and threaten an operator’s brand value. This blog draws on a new Heavy Reading paper to look at the potential risk to MNO’s and their customers.        

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The business VPN service is still a healthy portfolio for Service Providers, but the rapid adoption of cloud services by the enterprises might be an inflection point. We are in front of a paradigm chane. Is the VPN business on risk?

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Gilles

WLAN : From Business Casual to Business Critical

by Gilles ‎07-02-2013 02:29 AM - edited ‎09-04-2013 01:31 AM

5 key areas where you need to re-think your WLAN strategy

 

Once upon a time Wireless LANs (WLANs) were ancillary, used predominantly by visiting employees and guests. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. WLANs are truly mainstream and the primary ramp on to the corporate network in many cases.

With the uptake in usage, organisations need to re-think their WLAN strategies carefully in five key areas to ensure they are fit for purpose now and in the future.

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pcrowcombe

Lotus F1® Team Builds the Best with Juniper Networks

by Juniper Employee ‎06-27-2013 12:55 AM - edited ‎06-27-2013 07:55 AM

As the Formula 1 season enters the critical phase of back-to-back European races the Lotus F1 Team is busy upgrading and enhancing the network infrastructure at its Enstone Technical Centre, in Oxfordshire England. Next year the FIA, F1’s governing body, introduces new rules, radically changing the 2014 cars. All the F1 teams face a technical challenge to be competitive in 2014 and information technology will play a critical role in the success of each team. In response to this challenge the Lotus F1 Team decided to build the best with Juniper Networks

 

The Enstone Technical Centre is the hub of the Lotus F1 Team and this was the scene in March 2013 when 14 pallets of Juniper equipment arrived ready to transform the team’s complete network infrastructure. The first phase of what will become an end-to-end Juniper network went live in March with Lotus F1 Team benefiting from one of the best security and remote access solutions in Formula 1.

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Gilles

ALL-IN-ONE BRANCH PERIMETER SECURITY

by Gilles on ‎05-22-2013 11:58 AM

...or how to simplify the gateway in and out of branch offices

 

Today’s enterprises are anything but centralized. From retail to financial services, utilities to distribution, engineering to R&D, organizations operate wherever business is conducted. This has a major impact on how you secure the branch.

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