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Cambium Networks certified in Express Wi-Fi by Facebook program

Wi-Fi vendor Cambium Networks, based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been certified in a Facebook Wi-Fi program that looks to expand internet connectivity to underserved locations around the world. Express Wi-Fi by Facebook works with carriers, internet service providers and local entrepreneurs to provide affordable internet access in public yet remote places.

Currently, Express Wi-Fi by Facebook is live in India, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania and Indonesia. The program allows access point (AP) manufacturers like Cambium to build Wi-Fi hardware that’s compatible with Express Wi-Fi by Facebook.

Cambium, a global provider of wireless network services, is one of the first Wi-Fi vendors to join Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi certified ecosystem, Cambium said in a statement this week. Cambium works with service providers and enterprise network operators to build edge connectivity. It specializes in providing end-to-end wireless fabric of cloud-managed platforms.

In the Facebook partnership, Cambium is enabling network deployment with its Frictionless Wi-Fi cnPilot enterprise-access service, Cambium president and CEO Atul Bhatnagar said in a statement. The cnPilot Wi-Fi products feature indoor and outdoor APs that can be installed in new or existing wireless local area networks.

The Express Wi-Fi network requires Wi-Fi vendors to support specific communications protocols to enable Facebook internet service provider partners to deploy Express Wi-Fi networks, according to Chetan Hebbalae, senior director of product management at Cambium. Facebook approves only Wi-Fi vendors that have passed its interoperability qualifications, he added.

As the goal of the Express Wi-Fi by Facebook program is to provide internet access to remote places, Bhatnagar noted approximately 3.8 billion people are unconnected around the world.

Nyansa provides free network insights

Network analytics vendor Nyansa Inc., based in Palo Alto, Calif., is making worldwide network data freely available. The data has been collected by Nyansa’s Voyance software-as-a-service platform that monitors hundreds of business networks with millions of end-user client devices. 

The free and public dashboard, called Voyance Live, is the first and only repository of network analytics, Nyansa said in a statement. The service was developed to help network professionals gain insight into the behavior of business networks that are not their own.

Voyance Live updates continually and provides insights into various network issues, service performance and client incidents. The aggregated network insights include the top Wi-Fi APs, best and worst performing applications, a breakdown of enterprise client devices in use by operating system, as well as the top issues affecting network performance.

Voyance Live does not share customer data but gleans anonymous insights and analytics from enterprise networks. The service can provide organizations with quantifiable answers to network issues by using real network data.

Voyance Live uses wired and wireless network data from more than 12 million client devices and hundreds of thousands of Wi-Fi APs under observation within Voyance, Nyansa’s commercial network analytics service. By using cloud sourcing, Voyance Live collects and processes petabytes of network data, analyzing billions of client events and detecting tens of thousands of incidents.

SevOne to add support for VMware NSX SD-WAN

SevOne, a Boston-based network and infrastructure management services provider, said its SevOne SD-WAN Monitoring Solution will support VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud. SevOne’s SD-WAN monitoring tool, released earlier this year, is designed to help managed service providers (MSPs) that offer network services over multi-tenant, multivendor networks.

The SevOne SD-WAN Monitoring Solution supports WAN infrastructures from Cisco, Huawei, Juniper, Nokia and others. It also supports Cisco SD-WAN. VMware NSX SD-WAN by VeloCloud provides bandwidth expansion, as well as access to data and enterprise and cloud applications.

MSPs need to view and access network performance data from the complex services running across their MPLS-based services, as well as hybrid WAN services, SevOne said in a statement.

The latest SevOne SD-WAN service, scheduled for release later this year, will provide real-time and historical insight into enterprise and service provider networks with customizable dashboards for network operations and engineering, product owners and business executives. MSPs can use SevOne’s SD-WAN monitoring tool for visibility across their entire service delivery path, including enterprise Wi-Fi from campus to branch and software-defined data centers.

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Team collaboration secondary in Workplace by Facebook app

Facebook pitches Workplace as a team collaboration app, but businesses have found the product more useful as an intranet that helps build community across large workforces with many remote and part-time employees.

In recent months, Facebook has stepped up efforts to position its business platform as a competitor to cloud-based collaboration apps like Slack and Microsoft Teams. Recently, for example, the social media company added to Workplace by Facebook third-party business software and made it easier to deploy instant messaging.

But the Workplace users interviewed for this story do not have the platform integrated with many business apps and have not seen widespread adoption of Workplace Chat, the messaging tool.

Instead, most of those Workplace users continue to rely on platforms like Microsoft Skype for Business for unified communications (UC), while using Workplace primarily for companywide announcements and for promoting collaboration across departments.

Facebook arranged interviews with Weight Watchers, Farmers Insurance and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) for this story. Heineken USA and Rooftop Housing Group, a 200-person nonprofit based in Evesham, England, were contacted independently. More than 30,000 organizations use the Workplace by Facebook app.

Workplace by Facebook app a better intranet

Only 10% of Weight Watchers employees work at a desk in an office. The World Wildlife Fund has 80 offices around the world. Two-thirds of Heineken workers in the United States are based out of regional offices, which they visit once or twice a week.

These organizations turned to the Workplace by Facebook app because it was a mobile-centric platform that most employees would intuitively know how to use based on the popularity of consumer Facebook.

“For someone who only works two hours a week for the company, we wanted them to be able to intuitively get what the platform was, understand how to use it and take to engage in it,” said Stacie Sherer, senior vice president of corporate communications at Weight Watchers.

Similar to consumer Facebook, Workplace lets users like, comment and share posts. Since deploying Workplace, employees engage with company news more frequently and are more likely to post updates about their own team’s work, the users said.

“Whether you’re in the field, or whether you’re working in finance, or whether you’re working in an administrative role, it has allowed [staff] to feel more part of WWF and our work,” said Kate Cooke, head of network communications at the World Wildlife Fund. (The platform is free for nonprofits.)

The tool has increased collaboration among teams and departments that would have otherwise never interacted. Weight Watchers employees based in different parts of the country have discussed best practices for helping clients. Recently, the Armenian branch of WWF posted about a communications campaign that other offices ended up copying.

Business integrations aren’t central to how companies use Workplace

In May, Facebook unveiled roughly 50 integrations with SaaS apps such as Jira, HubSpot and SurveyMonkey, following the lead of platforms like Slack, Microsoft Teams and Cisco Webex Teams. But for the most part, the organizations interviewed for this story haven’t begun taking advantage of those integrations.

The users, however, do have Workplace integrated with cloud storage apps, such as Box and Google Drive, and web conferencing platforms, such as Zoom, which can be used to live stream meetings and events to Workplace. Those integrations had been available before the May announcement.

Microsoft, Cisco and Slack have marketed their team collaboration apps as hubs for getting work done. Those apps let users, for example, approve expense reports and message with colleagues from the same interface.

The Workplace by Facebook app offers similar functionality, but users are not adopting the app primarily for that reason.

“We really focused it on that engagement perspective to start and really using it as a communication channel,” said Jacqueline Leahy, director of internal corporate communications at Heineken USA. “We have not started to really use it in terms of managing projects.”

Workplace Chat adoption lags

None of the Workplace users rely on the app as their primary instant messaging platform. Most have other UC clients deployed, such as Microsoft Skype for Business, and don’t view Workplace as a replacement for those tools.

At Weight Watchers, for example, the technology and product teams use Slack, integrated with Confluence and Jira, while others in the organization communicate through WhatsApp or text messaging. Sherer said the company was looking into boosting adoption of Workplace Chat.

In fact, Workplace may be inadvertently contributing to a communication channel overload within some organizations. Rooftop Housing Group, for example, now has three or four different ways to instant message, including Workplace Chat, Microsoft Skype for Business and a Mitel softphone client.

“We now need to find organizational defaults,” said John Rockley, the nonprofit’s head of communications and marketing. “Otherwise, we’ve got too many separate channels.”

Apple plans to disable Facebook web tracking capabilities

Apple plans to disable some Facebook web tracking capabilities in the next version of iOS and Mac operating systems.

At the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), the company’s senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi explained the new antitracking features that will be rolled out in the next iteration of Apple’s web browser Safari. The features are meant to prevent Facebook and other companies from collecting user data automatically.

Specifically, Federighi called out the “Like” and “Share” buttons that appear on countless websites. In order to use either of those buttons, or leave a comment in the comments section, the user has to be logged into Facebook. But even if the user doesn’t click on the buttons, they can still be used to track that person just because they loaded the webpage.

“We’ve all seen these like buttons and share buttons,” Federighi said on stage at WWDC. “Well, it turns out these can be used to track you, whether you click on them or not. So this year, we’re shutting that down.”

With the Facebook web tracking features disabled, Safari users will see a pop-up on sites with the Facebook buttons that will ask if they want to allow ‘facebook.com’ — or any other site with web trackers enabled — to use cookies and website data. Users will be able to opt out of tracking and keep their browsing activity private. Safari will change how it loads websites so that it requires users to consent to their data being tracked.

Facebook web tracking was called out specifically by Federighi, but Google has similar tracking abilities and will also be affected. Both Facebook and Google use web tracking to deliver targeted ads to users and collect data.

In the next version of the macOS Mojave, Apple will also disable what it calls “fingerprinting” by data companies. The companies collect information on the configuration of a particular device, including the fonts it has installed and the plug-ins that are enabled, to create a unique device profile and then use that to track the device from site to site.

“With Mojave, we’re making it much harder for trackers to create a unique fingerprint,” Federighi said. “We’re presenting webpages with only a simplified configuration system. We show them only built-in fonts. And legacy plug-ins are no longer supported, so those can’t contribute to a fingerprint. And as a result, your Mac will look like everyone else’s Mac, and it will be dramatically more difficult for data companies to uniquely identify your device and track you.”

These are not the first steps Apple has taken to reduce web tracking. At the 2017 WWDC, the company introduced Intelligent Tracking Prevention, which limited the capabilities of third-party trackers and their use of cookies. However, this is the first time Apple has directly called out and taken steps to prevent tracking by Facebook and Google specifically.

In other news

  • The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is looking to purchase and set up a cloud browser for its employees. According to a request for information (RFI) from the Defense Information Systems Agency, the DoD intends to have its 3.1 million employees move to a cloud browser because the department believes it would be more secure to have employees browse the web via a remote server that operates outside the DoD network than to have it happen on their own devices. This is a technique the RFI called “cloud-based internet isolation” and has been gaining interest among enterprises. In 2017, security company Symantec acquired the company Fireglass with the intention of bolstering its browser isolation capabilities.
  • The email and password data of 92 million users of the genealogy website MyHeritage was exposed in a data breach, according to the company. A security researcher found a file named ‘myheritage’ on a private server not connected to MyHeritage that contained the email addresses and hashed passwords of users who had signed up before October 26, 2017, which is the date of the data breach. In a statement, MyHeritage said that the hackers don’t have the actual passwords and there was no evidence that any of the information had been used. “We believe the intrusion is limited to the user email addresses. We have no reason to believe that any other MyHeritage systems were compromised,” the blog post MyHeritage said credit card data is stored with third-party providers and actual DNA and family-related data are all on segregated systems, so they weren’t affected by the breach.” We have no reason to believe those systems have been compromised.”
  • The malware VPNFilter targets more devices than previously thought, according to updated research from Cisco Talos. VPNFilter was previously found to be infecting small office and home office routers and network-attached storage devices from several different vendors. Now, the researchers at Cisco Talos believe the malware is targeting more makes and models of those devices, and doing so with additional capabilities. New vendors now affected by VPNFilter are Asus, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, Upvel, ZTE, Linksys, MikroTik, Netgear and TP-Link. VPNFilter also now has the ability to deliver exploits to endpoints using a man-in-the-middle attack. “With this new finding, we can confirm that the threat goes beyond what the actor could do on the network device itself, and extends the threat into the networks that a compromised network device supports,” Cisco Talos’ William Largent wrote in the blog post detailing the new findings.

Microsoft and Facebook disrupt ZINC malware attack to protect customers and the internet from ongoing cyberthreats – Microsoft on the Issues

Last week Microsoft, working together with Facebook and others in the security community, took strong steps to protect our customers and the internet from ongoing attacks by an advanced persistent threat actor known to us as ZINC, also known as the Lazarus Group. We concluded that this threat actor was responsible for WannaCry, a destructive attack in May that targeted Microsoft customers. Among other steps, last week we helped disrupt the malware this group relies on, cleaned customers’ infected computers, disabled accounts being used to pursue cyberattacks and strengthened Windows defenses to prevent reinfection. We took this action after consultation with several governments, but made the decision independently. We anticipate providing more information about our actions and their effect in the coming months once we have had the opportunity to analyze applicable data and information.

Today, the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan have all announced that the government of North Korea is responsible for the activities of ZINC/Lazarus. We are pleased to see these governments making this strong statement of attribution. If the rising tide of nation-state attacks on civilians is to be stopped, governments must be prepared to call out the countries that launch them. Today’s announcement represents an important step in government and private sector action to make the internet safer.

Microsoft welcomed the opportunity to work with Facebook and others in recent weeks to address this issue. As we look to 2018, it’s essential that we act with shared responsibility to strengthen further the partnerships with the security community and governments to combat cyberattacks against civilians. There is much we can build on from our longstanding work with private industry partners, Interpol, Europol, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies in our ongoing efforts to combat botnets and other cybercrime.

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