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Juniper-Ericsson partnership aimed at 5G market

Juniper Networks has partnered with Ericsson to offer carriers a collection of products for moving 4G and 5G traffic from a cell site to the network core. The deal marks an important win for Juniper, which is filling the void left by the nearly dead partnership between rival Cisco and Ericsson.

The Juniper-Ericsson alliance combines routers and software from both companies to build an optical transport for a mobile network that carriers can manage through a single software console, according to the vendors. The partners’ combined routers include Juniper’s MX and PTX series and Ericsson’s 6000 hardware.

Juniper and Ericsson have partnered on technology for almost 20 years. But the latest deal is a “significant win” for Juniper, because it improves the company’s chances of winning deals, as service providers build out their network infrastructure to deliver 5G wireless services to consumers and businesses, said Rajesh Ghai, an analyst at IDC.

For example, the partnership could provide Juniper with access to the many service providers that use Ericsson’s radio access technology to connect customers’ mobile devices to the carriers’ core networks, Ghai said. Ericsson has a 40% share of the radio access market.

Also, of the three top carrier suppliers, Ericsson is the only one without an extensive routing portfolio — a void Juniper can fill. The other two suppliers are Nokia and Huawei.

“It was critical that Juniper get aligned with Ericsson,” Ghai said. “It remains to be seen how exclusive Ericsson can keep the relationship.”

Meanwhile, Juniper’s biggest rival, Cisco, is more focused on selling its routers directly to service providers, rather than through Ericsson, Ghai said. Also, Cisco and Ericsson compete with products for the packet core, which has created “suspicion between the two partners.”

Cisco and Ericsson announced a wide-ranging partnership in 2015, but financial troubles pushed Ericsson into an extensive reorganization that prevented the company from following through on the deal. Nevertheless, Cisco has never declared the partnership dead, despite its failure to reach sales goals.

“Where we need to partner with Ericsson, we will continue to do that. And where we’re working directly with SPs [service providers], we’ll continue to do that,” said Sumeet Arora, general manager of service provider network systems at Cisco.

Juniper, Ericsson combined products for service providers

The Juniper-Ericsson partnership includes Juniper’s MX Series 5G Universal Routing Platform and its PTX Series Packet Transport Routers. The hardware supports mobile infrastructure for 10 Gb, 100 Gb and 400 Gb optical transport.

Juniper has aimed the MX at the service provider’s WAN edge, which could include routing traffic from a cell site onto the service provider’s core network. The PTX Series can handle traffic on the service provider’s backbone. Juniper has also designed the hardware to handle internet peering and data center interconnects.

Juniper’s MX and PTX routers are interoperable with Ericsson’s Router 6000 mobile backhaul and fronthaul portfolio. A wireless backhaul router connects mobile device traffic to a network node, such as the internet or a proprietary network. A fronthaul device sits at the access layer of the network and aggregates traffic from IoT devices.

Other hardware covered in the partnership includes Ericsson’s MINI-LINK microwave radio backhaul device. The partners are also offering software such as Juniper’s firewall, called the SRX Series Services Gateway, and Ericsson’s management and orchestration technology for controlling all the partners’ products.

In general, analysts do not expect service providers to take 5G infrastructure technology into production until next year, with businesses unlikely to buy 5G services until 2020 at the earliest. Industry observers expect IoT to be an initial driver of the 5G commercial market.

DHS, SecureLogix develop TDoS attack defense

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with security firm SecureLogix to develop technology to defend against telephony denial-of-service attacks, which remain a significant threat to emergency call centers, banks, schools and hospitals.

The DHS Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate said this week the office and SecureLogix were making “rapid progress” in developing defenses against call spoofing and robocalls — two techniques used by criminals in launching telephony denial-of-service (TDoS) attacks to extort money. Ultimately, the S&T’s goal is to “shift the advantage from TDoS attackers to network administrators.”

To that end, S&T and SecureLogix, based in San Antonio, are developing two TDoS attack defenses. First is a mechanism for identifying the voice recording used in call spoofing, followed by a means to separate legitimate emergency calls from robocalls.

“Several corporations, including many banks and DHS components, have expressed interest in this technology, and SecureLogix will release it into the market in the coming months,” William Bryan, interim undersecretary for S&T at DHS, said in a statement.

In 2017, S&T handed SecureLogix a $100,000 research award to develop anticall-spoofing technology. The company was one of a dozen small tech firms that received similar amounts from S&T to create a variety of security applications.

Filtering out TDoS attack calls

SecureLogix’s technology analyzes and assigns a threat score to each incoming call in real time. Calls with a high score are either terminated or redirected to a lower-priority queue or a third-party call management service.

SecureLogix built its prototype on existing voice security technologies, so it can be deployed in complex voice networks, according to S&T. It also contains a business rules management system and a machine learning engine “that can be extended easily, with limited software modifications.”

Over the last year, SecureLogix deployed the prototype within a customer facility, a cloud environment and a service provider network. The vendor also worked with a 911 emergency call center and large financial institutions.

In March 2013, a large-scale TDoS attack highlighted the threat against the telephone systems of public-sector agencies. An alert issued by DHS and the FBI said extortionists had launched dozens of attacks against the administrative telephone lines of air ambulance and ambulance organizations, hospitals and financial institutions.

Today, the need for TDoS protection has grown from on premises to the cloud, where an increasing number of companies and call centers are signing up for unified communications as a service. In 2017, nearly half of organizations surveyed by Nemertes Research were using or planned to use cloud-based UC.

Google Play bug bounty hunts RCE vulnerabilities

Google and HackerOne have partnered to start a new Google Play bug bounty program that incentivizes testers to find critical vulnerabilities in popular Android apps.

The Google Play Security Reward Program is designed to be complementary to Android bug bounty programs run by developers themselves. The Google Play bug bounty is $1,000 for any qualifying vulnerability, paid as a bonus to any other bounties offered.

To be eligible for the Google Play bug bounty, researchers will need to first submit the vulnerability to the original developer of an app. After the vulnerability has been patched, the researcher can request the reward from the Google Play bug bounty program, which is officially named the Google Play Security Reward Program.

At the start of the program, Google will only pay the bonus for remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities and proof of concept exploits running on Android version 4.4 KitKat and newer. And, the Google Play bug bounty will only be paid for flaws found in apps from just nine developers, including Dropbox, Line, Snapchat and Google, but more developers are expected to be added over time.

Qualifying RCE flaws must be exploitable through a singular app and cannot depend on vulnerabilities in other apps, and will have had to be patched in the 90 days prior to applying for Google Play Security Reward Program’s reward.

“As the Android ecosystem evolves, we continue to invest in leading-edge ideas to strengthen security,” Vineet Buch, director of product management for Google Play, said in the HackerOne announcement. “Our goal is continue to make Android a safe computing platform by encouraging our app developers and hackers to work together to resolve unknown vulnerabilities, we are one step closer to that goal.”

Securing Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub on Microsoft Azure | Microsoft + Open Source

Microsoft has partnered with Cloudera to bring you this exciting new free webinar – Securing Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub on Microsoft Azure. It will be held on the 23rd of August 2017, Wednesday, 9:00am IST / 11:30am SGT / 1:30pm AEST.

Securing Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub on Microsoft Azure

In this one hour live interactive webinar, we will explore:

  • Different techniques to secure your Cloudera Enterprise cluster on Azure; and
  • The benefits of deploying Cloudera Enterprise on Azure Data Lake Store easily.

As more and more customers explore the benefits of moving to the cloud, many have an increasing need for architectural guidance on the best practices for deployment in their enterprise organizations. Chief among these concerns are security and the best topology to maximize performance and reduce cost for a variety of use cases.

Cloudera’s James Morantus will discuss how to use Cloudera Director, Microsoft Active Directory, SAMBA, and SSSD to deploy a secure EDH cluster for workloads in the public Azure cloud. He will be joined by Microsoft Azure Global Black Belt, Ron Abellera who will highlight other benefits of Cloudera on Azure, and deep dive into the new integration with Azure Data Lake Store vs. other storage alternatives.

Register Now: Securing Cloudera Enterprise Data Hub on Microsoft Azure.

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AVST, Collab9 partner on UC platform for governments

Software-based unified communications provider Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Inc., or AVST, has partnered with unified-communications-as-a-service provider Collab9 to offer cloud-based services that meet federal, state and local government requirements. The partnership combines AVST’s UC platform CX-E and Collab9’s hosted UC platform.

Collab9 is a FedRAMP-authorized UCaaS provider. FedRAMP, or federal risk and authorization program, was created to support government adoption of cloud computing. It is a risk-management program that provides a standardized approach for assessing and monitoring the security of cloud products and services.

“The introduction of new technology in the public sector has been hampered by the limited availability of proprietary, OEM-driven solutions,” said Steve Boberski, vice president of business development at Collab9, in a statement.

He said the cloud UC platform partnership offers government entities an accelerated migration path to the cloud through secure integration with legacy time-division multiplexing, hybrid and voice over IP (VoIP) telephony offerings.

Digium updates Switchvox UC platform

Digium, a provider of business phone systems, announced three updates to its Switchvox UC platform that aim to streamline features, pricing and support.

Digium, based in Huntsville, Ala., announced a new line of appliances for its VoIP phone system. The E510 appliance supports up to 150 phones and 50 concurrent calls. The E520 appliance supports up to 300 phones and 100 concurrent calls. The E530 and E540 appliances both support 600 phones and 200 concurrent calls. The E520, E530 and E540 are also supported by Digium’s partnership with Dell Technologies and are powered by Dell EMC hardware. The E530 and E540 appliances include Dell Technologies administration capabilities.

Digium also simplified its licensing and unbundled software from its appliances, which reduces the amount of information and technical expertise needed to provide quotes. The Switchvox UC platform pricing has been reduced from $2,745 to $1,000. Licenses can be purchased for $90 per user.

The UC platform provider is also offering 24/7 technical phone support for new Switchvox users. Current Switchvox users have the option to upgrade to the new support feature.

Corporate email remains top communication method

While messaging-based collaboration apps are growing in popularity, email won’t be going away anytime soon, according to two surveys from HR consulting firm Robert Half Technology. The surveys found 73% of CIOs and 53% of office workers think email will be the most common way to communicate internally through 2020.

In a survey of 2,500 CIOs, 41% said they find email to be the most effective method of daily communication with teams at work. Nearly half of the 1,000 office workers surveyed said they use email for most of their day-to-day communication with co-workers.

However, for the CIOs and office workers who said email is on the way out, instant messaging (IM) is the likely replacement. Nearly one-third of professionals said IM was their primary mode of communication, according to the surveys.

Office workers who use IM for daily communication said they found the technology convenient and necessary. More than half of workers said their organizations have clear guidelines on the use of its internal messaging platform, such as the requirement for users to update their status.

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