One simple way to reduce the risk of hacked routers

A common avenue through which hackers can compromise routers is remote management. If you manage the devices through your network, you may need remote management enabled. Unfortunately, hackers can use brute force attacks or hidden vulnerabilities to hijack this capability and gain full control of the device. However, you can minimize the risk by configuring…

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Why etherchannel may not improve performance for a given operation

Etherchannel is a standard that helps distribute different traffic flows into different links. However, sometimes people wonder why the performance for a particularly large traffic flow many not necessarily be sped up this way. The issue here is that etherchannel doesn’t split up the packets for a single flow of traffic; it simply helps distribute…

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Key commands for troubleshooting an IPsec VPN tunnel

If an IPsec VPN tunnel doesn’t work, a common cause is typos in the configuration. These could include errors in typing the shared secret, policy, IP address, or subnet. Hence, removing the tunnel from both ends and reconfiguring it often solves the problem. In some cases, however, you may need to do further troubleshooting, especially…

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Coming full circle with private clouds

One of the latest trends in IT management is “private clouds.” At first, the term may seem like an oxymoron, since the using “cloud” typically means using a remote public service to provide certain IT needs. However, many of the technologies that have been developed to power cloud computing can be used internally. These include…

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4 Reasons to Obtain Cisco Certification

The Value of Cisco Training and Certification Those currently in an IT career have seen their industry change rapidly over the past year, and the technology sector will likely continue to shift into 2016. While many companies are influencing the marketplace, perhaps none has as big of an impact as Cisco. Obtaining Cisco training is…

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Making a career change: Why you should choose tech

Changing careers is a major life decision, and it can be a stressful time of one’s life. People switch careers for a variety of reasons – maybe they aren’t happy in their current career or maybe there are not enough job opportunities for making a decent living. The idea of returning to school for several more…

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Cisco Targeting Enterprise Security Market

In response to increasing cases of cybersecurity attacks, enterprises are placing greater emphasis on specific expertise, and the industry’s overall share of IT is growing. Cisco is jumping on the trend with plans to expand its share of enterprise security spend. According to USB analyst Amitabh Passi, Cisco plans to increase its security market share from…

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When anti-virus isn’t enough

While anti-virus software remains an important component of an overall defense strategy, the whole concept behind it is potentially problematic because any set of anti-virus definitions is always one step behind the latest threats. Various companies have explored ways to improve on the anti-virus concept to provide more real-time protection. One such company that’s highly…

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