A productivity problem of Olympic proportions

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Open TV networks and cable across the globe are promising more coverage and affordability than ever. For hardcore fans, This represents approximately 5.000 hours of broadcast. Diferente dos Games Olímpicos anteriores, onde a maioria das pessoas dependeu de computers para assistir vídeo streaming ou ouvir a cobertura ao vivo de eventos, It is likely that this is the year of smartphones, tablets and devices become the preferred methods to keep track of favorite sports and athletes. In fact, a recent survey found that 40% of the Americans who will watch the Olympics, make it through more than one device. While these numbers are impressive, a worrying fact for business is that a significant portion of the transmission period of the Olympics will take place during business hours, and employees will use broadband internet company rather than their own wireless data packages.

seguranca webBut it is not only with video streaming that companies need to deal on their networks. During the last Olympic Games in 2008, There were about 100 millions of Facebook users, and now that number is close to a billion. There Will Be, literally, tens of thousands of fan pages on Facebook showing up and being accessed from around the world – many through corporate networks. The Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt has more than 7 millions of fans on your Facebook page, While the football player Neymar is contending with Usain about 5.8 millions of fans. And there are also Twitter, that grew from 6 million to 140 millions of users since the Beijing Olympics. While a message 140 is not nothing in terms of data in an enterprise network, multiply that by thousands and add a link to an inspirational video, cool or funny on YouTube, and the tweet seemingly harmless suddenly becomes a nightmare for managers of corporate network.

The Olympic Games are one of the biggest and best competitions in the world, e um grande entertainment para todos, but also represent a challenge of Olympic proportions of productivity for businesses unprepared for the attack to their networks.

During the Olympics, It will be an enormous challenge for network administrators efficiently deliver mission-critical enterprise solutions and dealing at the same time with the applications that users will be using to get access to the games. Critical applications require broadband prioritization, While video applications, multimedia and social media need to get broadband adjusted or completely blocked. Firewalls used to be installed to protect against viruses and malware in order to keep the corporate network secure. However, the modern next generation firewalls are much more advanced and capable of protecting the productivity of network also. The corporate network represents the central nervous system for many companies. If the network drops, the whole business literally to. In the same way, If she slows because broadband is being sucked into videos, streaming live TV or using Facebook and Twitter, the business also decrease.

Next-generation firewalls include technologies such as an application of intelligence and control functionality, literally, do what they promise; isso permite que uma empresa determine quais applications podem ser usados na rede e por quais funcionários. This seemingly simple benefit has the potential to keep companies moving during the Olympic Games, protecting your corporate network from malicious attacks not only from external threats and cyber scams, but also of a different internal threat: employees who use the corporate network broadband to watch, share, hear the Olympics.

THE technology por trás do aplicativo de inteligência e controle é maciçamente complexa e são poucas as empresas de segurança de TI capazes de entregá-la. It not only allows the company to pre-determine who has access to which applications on a corporate network, How can also determine whether and when such access is controlled or completely shut down. AND, even if an employee has access to streaming video applications during the Olympic Games, This next-generation technology can ensure the authenticity of content that enters the network, inspecting every packet of data through a deep inspection.

Many companies still try to protect your network with first-generation firewalls that use something called “Stateful Packet Inspection”. However, This technology only blocks threats, evaluating the ports and protocols used by network traffic layer. This means that these firewalls can view data but are blind to applications, being so, Unable to prioritize traffic productive and secure versus the unproductive and potentially unsafe traffic. Next-generation firewalls use an innovation known as ?Deep Packet Inspection? to scan the entire packet payload, everything that enters and leaves the network in order to provide advanced intrusion prevention, anti-malware, content filtering and anti-spam. By providing knowledge about the applications themselves, provide a critical network and benefit from business management. Companies can control which applications are allowed on the network for mission-critical applications, including LiveMeeting, ® SharePoint ® and many other applications have priority over unproductive, such as, activities of YouTube or Facebook.

Without doubt, between 27 July and 12 August 2012, hundreds of thousands of companies around the world will wonder: “What is happening in my network?”, “Who is wasting my bandwidth?”, “Why my network is so slow?”. Probably, they don't have next-generation firewalls and application intelligence and control.

Source: Portal to communicate

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