Jul 15, 2020

Top ten cybersecurity companies: Infoblox

Technology
Cybersecurity
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a look at Infoblox, a leading cybersecurity company who was featured in our list of the top ten cybersecurity companies...

Business Overview:

Infoblox is a privately held information technology automation and security company based in Silicon Valley. The technology company focuses on managing and identifying devices connected to networks. The company was founded in 1999 in Chicago, Illinois, by Stuart Bailey who attended the University of Illinois. In 2010, Infoblox acquired Netcordia a company who provides technologies for network task automation. Later that same year, the company integrated Infoblox IP address management technology with Netcordia's network configuration and change management technologies. As both virtualization and cloud computing became more and more prevalent in data centres, automation was marketed using the term distributed virtual infrastructure.

Why Infoblox?:

In the new hyperconnected world, opportunities are growing much faster than before—intelligent apps, IoT, machine learning, blockchain and more. Traditional networking grows rapidly in the tightly connected world but it certainly was not designed for today where rapidly evolving cloud infrastructure, apps and connected devices are creating both opportunity and risk. The hyperconnected world demands a new level of networking—designed from the ground up to be agile, while remaining rock solid and secure, with visibility across the entire ecosystem.

Infoblox delivers Secure Cloud-Managed Network Services, bringing next-level security, reliability and automation to the cloud and hybrid systems, to its clients. They believe that they are the market leader with 8,000 customers and 350 of the Fortune 500

In a digital world, cybersecurity is at the heart of every business and at the front of everybody's mind. Cybersecurity threats arise every day and companies and people have to continuously adapt to overcome these dangers and not fall victim to the threats. Infoblox is dedicated to helping its clients overcome these ever-evolving threats.

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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