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by Kevin Morris

Programmability is a powerful concept. It allows us to build a physical machine and then modify, upgrade, repurpose, repair, and evolve it - without having to alter the original physical hardware. It allows us to design one device to serve multiple purposes, with variants, upgrades, and value-added features enabled with the flip of a few bits. Programmability extends the life of equipment in the field, reduces inventory requirements, simplifies maintenance and diagnostics, and often eliminates the need to roll a service truck altogether.

In the world of networking, programmability promises these enormous benefits in the extreme. With the global bandwidth glut, network build-out has been a high-stakes, high-priority, big-revenue, full-throttle enterprise for the past three decades - and it shows no signs of letting up anytime soon. If you’re designing network hardware, you already know the drill. You design around the bleeding-edge of what’s possible with current hardware, often against standards that are still in flux, in a race against other companies’ engineering teams that are just as daring and terrified as you are.  Read More


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Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 2:19 PM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Now if you would like a healthy chill in your spine about client and server side security, consider the following attack that is likely to show up in the wild soon, simply because of how easy/effective it is.

Since IT folks and customers have become VM…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:46 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
Bruce ... I agree that authentication can be dramatically improved .... however that is less than 1% of the real problem when the base computing platform and environment is not secure.

Securing that is neither easy, or likely, so normal everyday users …

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:31 AM by kleinman

kleinman
John--

This has been a good & healthy bit of "argy bargy", thank you!

You've pointed out some good items and raised awareness that users need to take greater responsibility [a] for client-side security and [b] to 'vote' with their business for gre…

Heartbleed: Serious Security Vulnerability

Posted on 04/16/14 at 11:09 AM by TotallyLost

TotallyLost
The answer to "how would you improve internet security" ... don't use it, or any computer connected to the internet, to process or store data that you can not risk being compromised.

I have held DOD security clearances, and managed secure data centers,…

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