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The Friday Five: Adaptive Automation, Network Monitoring and DevSecOps

March 8, 2019

Twice a month, we highlight five popular news stories from the world of networking, security and automation. Here are the top five stories from the last two weeks.

Q&A with NetBrain: How Adaptive Network Automation Empowers Today’s Enterprises and Network Service Providers – SourceForge

 Manual network management is no longer possible as today’s networks continue to grow in complexity and size. Automation is really the only solution to enable network teams to handle increasingly critical workflows like network documentation, troubleshooting, security and change management. NetBrain SVP Grant Ho recently discussed the differences between an autonomous and adaptive network as well as the advantages of using adaptive network automation with SourceForge.

Network Monitoring Is a Very Different Beast Now – ITProPortal

 As business needs have grown and evolved over the past few years, organizations’ reliance on automated IT processes has grown as well.  Not only has this put a strain on existing IT network set-ups, but the role and expectations of today’s network administrator have completely evolved. Perhaps the biggest challenge facing network engineers is dealing with new risks that threaten the security of the network. This article discusses the evolving role of network administrators and strategies they can deploy to mitigate the ever-changing challenges associated with the job.

Closing the Gap Between DevOps And SecOps – Forbes

DevOps and SecOps have two different priorities. DevOps is concerned with making software run faster and better, while SecOps focuses on making sure no one penetrates the network and accesses the data. The challenge is that it can be difficult to achieve both of these objectives at the same time. However, by creating DevSecOps, joining the developers, security operations and network operators, organizations can improve development cycles while promoting better network and security tuning to support more efficient software applications. It’s a win-win.

10 Enterprise Network Mistakes That Open the Door to Hackers – TechRepublic

Any organization is vulnerable to cyber security threats, which is why, when it comes to network and infrastructure security, taking shortcuts is not an option. This TechRepublic article discusses 10 mistakes in infrastructure that hackers can leverage to steal your data. It also talks about how to prevent attacks as well as preventing them from escalating if a hacker does break through.

5 Reasons to Eliminate Manual Network Change Processes: Missed SLAs and More – Security Boulevard

According to a recent survey, 65 percent of IT and security professionals said that that modifying and/or implementing network security controls is still a very manual process that requires the expertise of multiple teams to execute. The fact that many networks teams are still using spreadsheets, Post-it notes or email is a big problem. Aside from manual processes simply not cutting it anymore, they can also lead to breaches, downtime, errors, noncompliance and more.


Want more of the Friday Five? Check out our last blog: The Friday Five: Data Center Migration, DevOps and IBN Unknowns