Enterprises See Exponential Growth in log4jshell Attacks

Enterprises See Exponential Growth in log4jshell Attacks

Hackers rush to exploit the vulnerability to steal data, deploy ransomware, install back doors, create botnets, mine cryptocurrencies, and conduct other illegal activities.

Latest AI articles

6 AIOps hurdles to overcome

6 AIOps hurdles to overcome

December 21, 2021

IT operations teams have a lot to juggle. They manage servers, networks, cloud infrastructure, user experience, application performance, and cybersecurity, often working independently of one another. Staffers are more often than not overworked, burdened with excessive alerts, and struggling to solve problems that involve multiple domains. Enter AIOps, a burgeoning field of technologies and strategies that inject artificial intelligence into IT operations in an effort to solve challenges face by IT operations teams by reducing false positives, using machine learning to spot problems before…

What is a chatbot? Simulating human conversation for service

What is a chatbot? Simulating human conversation for service

October 4, 2021
Coupled with artificial intelligence, chatbots are seeing massive growth in use in an expanding array of domains, from customer service to employee interfaces.
What is sentiment analysis? Using NLP and ML to extract meaning

What is sentiment analysis? Using NLP and ML to extract meaning

September 9, 2021
Sentiment analysis, which enables companies to determine the emotional value of communications, is now going beyond text analysis to include audio and video.
What is AIOps? Injecting intelligence into IT operations

What is AIOps? Injecting intelligence into IT operations

September 2, 2021
Organizations seeking to better monitor IT assets are turning to artificial intelligence to get ahead of performance issues and to automate fixes before negative impacts are felt.

Latest Cybersecurity articles

Enterprises See Exponential Growth in log4jshell Attacks

Enterprises See Exponential Growth in log4jshell Attacks

December 15, 2021

  The Apache Log4j library is a Java-based logging tool that is ubiquitous in enterprise applications. The vulnerability known as Log4Shell, first reported on Dec. 9, allows an attacker to take over a server just by sending a particular code string via an affected application. Since then, security researchers are reporting a massive wave of attacks. Check Point alone, for example, reported that it prevented 1.3 million attempts as of Dec. 14, against 44% of all global networks. And the number of attacks is climbing exponentially, as hackers rush to exploit the vulnerability to steal data, deploy ransomware, install back doors, create…

Cloud Identity Is “New Normal” Replacement for On-Prem Tools

Cloud Identity Is “New Normal” Replacement for On-Prem Tools

October 26, 2021
With the rise of work-from-home, SaaS, IoT, cloud, mobile and edge computing, the traditional on-premises identity and authentication systems are becoming obsolete, giving way to cloud identity.
API Attacks, Breaches Piling Up

API Attacks, Breaches Piling Up

October 14, 2021
APIs have emerged as a major attack vector, with only 6% of companies reporting no API-related security issues in the past year, according to one report. Find out why API security is so problematic.
Five Functions That Benefit From Cybersecurity Automation

Five Functions That Benefit From Cybersecurity Automation

October 6, 2021
Businesses are facing staff shortages and budget constraints that impact their ability to maintain security. Cybersecurity automation, including AI-powered intelligent automation, is helping close the gap.

Latest Networking articles

Cisco CCIE certification explained

Cisco CCIE certification explained

November 23, 2021

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is Cisco’s most prestigious and most difficult certification to achieve, typically requiring years of industry experience and a deep understanding of networking technologies. The lab portion of the exam alone is eight hours long and costs $1,600, and candidates typically spend much more than that on preparatory courses. But professionals with the expert-level CCIE networking certification are in demand, and the value is reflected in significantly higher salaries. “It is a preeminent certification in the industry,” says Nick Marentic, senior manager for IT infrastructure and security at cybersecurity training firm Cybrary. “It requires years in the industry…

Cisco CCNA certification explained

Cisco CCNA certification explained

July 21, 2021
Cisco Certified Network Associate is an associate-level certification designed to demonstrate that a candidate understands the fundamentals of networking, including network access, IP connectivity, security basics, and automation and programmability.
Energy company deploys edge devices to improve drilling efficiency

Energy company deploys edge devices to improve drilling efficiency

May 28, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–Stackable Hivecell boxes process data at the edge for real-time decision making and analytics.
Network training 2021: Businesses grow their own IT expertise to meet new challenges

Network training 2021: Businesses grow their own IT expertise to meet new challenges

January 18, 2021
NETWORK WORLD–With COVID-19 and a rising need for SASE, SD-WAN and cloud skills, businesses increasingly rely on in-house training to provide hands-on experience.

Latest Blog Posts

Online Filemaker alternatives: Coda, Zoho, AppSheet, AppGyver, and more

April 1, 2020
Online Filemaker alternatives: Coda, Zoho, AppSheet, AppGyver, and more

UPDATE FEB. 2021: Lately, I’ve been testing out a new online collaboration tool called Notion. The basic plan, which includes sharing with up to five collaborators, is free. It allows for embedded related tables. It supports PDF exports for things…

My writing groups meet on Zoom

March 25, 2020
My writing groups meet on Zoom

New update, June 18: I’ve started a new virtual Zoom-based MeetUp group for speculative fiction writers. If you write science fiction, fantasy or horror, check us out. Update: Since this post was first published, several people have contacted me from…

Otter.AI just announced a great free deal on its transcription

March 25, 2020
Otter.AI just announced a great free deal on its transcription

(Image courtesy Otter.AI.) Another tool useful for writers that I’ve talked about this one in writers’ meetings before is Otter.AI. It transcribes your dictation. You just talk, and it converts it into text, with any smartphone.…

The tech journalist starter kit

October 23, 2019
The tech journalist starter kit

Filming IDG Tech Talk in September of 2019. A friend of a friend just called me, asking for advice on how to become a technology journalist. I promised to send him some links and figured I’d…

The Lost King of Krim hits multiple Amazon category bestseller lists

September 6, 2019
The Lost King of Krim hits multiple Amazon category bestseller lists

The Lost King of Krim was #10 on Amazon’s Two-Hour Science Fiction & Fantasy Short Reads best seller list on September 11, 2019. The Lost King of Krim, a novella of the Krim virtual world that…

Sunday morning writing Mastermind group

August 29, 2019
Sunday morning writing Mastermind group

I am putting together a writers’ Mastermind group, to meet Sunday mornings via conference calls, such as Skype or Facebook video. You can read my full bio here, but the basic summary is that I’ve been a journalist for more…