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1. Cisco and the Two Factor Two Step – Networking Nerd
Tom Hollingsworth offers his perspective on Cisco’s $2.3 billion acquisition of Duo Security. In short–a good move for Cisco because it will enable the networking giant to offer strong two-factor authentication to customers. There are also potential integrations that could extend the value of Cisco’s ISE.
2. My Arsenal of AWS Security Tools – toniblyx
OK, this isn’t actually a blog; it’s a GitHub repo of a bunch of open-source security tools you can use to tighten up AWS deployments. The person to thank is Toni de la Fuente.
3. The #AWS World Shook and Nobody Noticed – Technodrone
AWS recently souped up its Snowball edge storage device by adding compute. The Packet Pushers covered it in a recent Network Break, but Maish Saidel-Keesing drills into more detail and also explores why this is a big deal. As he notes “AWS has just brought the public cloud smack bang right into your datacenter. They are no longer only a public cloud only company – they provide hybrid cloud solutions as well.”
4. Trouble with Tribbles …..errr NAT – Forwarding Plane
Nick Buraglio breaks down the different flavors of NAT (there were more than I realized) while also explaining his issues with referring to NAT as a security tool.
5. An Update on Securing BGP from IETF 102 – Geoff Huston
Geoff Huston writes “One way or another we’ve been working on various aspects of securing the Internet’s inter-domain routing system for many years. … In this article I’d like to look through some items that have come up during the July 2018 meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and try to place these items into some bigger context of routing security.”
1. Hey, don’t route the messenger! Telegram redirected through Iran by baffling BGP leak – The Register
The Register reports that someone, whether accidentally or maliciously, redirected Telegram messaging traffic to Iranian networks via a BGP leak. Telegram’s messaging app enables encrypted communication, so there’s some speculation that this was a state-sponsored effort to snoop on or disrupt secure messages.
2. Inside Google’s Shadow Workforce – Bloomberg
Sounds like it’s not much fun to be a red shirt crew member…er, that is a red badge crew member at Google. Bloomberg has a detailed story on Google’s use of contractors, who have red badges instead of white ones for employees, to hold down employment costs. Contractors account for nearly half of Google’s workforce, and include high-skill and low-skill roles including software developers, salespeople, team managers, office cleaners, and cafeteria workers. Many contractors don’t get access to Google’s health insurance plan or stock options. They even have to pay to ride free Google shuttles.
“Before each weekly Google all-hands meeting, trays of hors d’oeuvres and, sometimes, kegs of beer are carted into an auditorium and satellite offices around the globe for employees, who wear white badges. Those without white badges are asked to return to their desks.”
3. Cisco-Google Hybrid Cloud Love Fest: Real Deal or Hype? – SDX Central
Google and Cisco have both made recent announcements on partnership deals around hybrid cloud. SDX Central looks at whether this is just marketing talk, who needs who more, and whether the partnership will have legs.
4. Russians Are Targeting Private Election Companies, Too — And States Aren’t Doing Much About It – FiveThirtyEight
Surprise, surprise, election software is terrible, and the state and local governments that run elections in the United States don’t have many standards to work with and aren’t getting much help from the private companies that develop and sell election software and hardware. That’s not a big deal, right? Right?
5. Here we go again: Monopoly case another round in Arista vs Cisco – The Register
Oh boy. The Arista/Cisco court battle continues. This time it’s Arista pulling Cisco into court via an anti-trust lawsuit first filed in 2016. The trial starts next week, so if you’re interested, here’s an overview.
Vendor & Industry Blogs & Announcements
Kubernetes Networking Under the Hood – DigitalOcean
Intent-Based Networking Taxonomy – Apstra
VPP Simplified – NetGate (PDF)
Network Break 195: Google Goes For Hybrid Cloud; Gigamon Buys Security Startup (Link)
Cisco and Google Cloud streamline work – Cisco Systems
Cisco and Google Tackle Customers’ Biggest Challenges – Cisco Systems
Edge TPU – Run Inference at the Edge – Google Cloud
Google Chrome Rolls Out “Not Secure” Warning for Plain HTTP Sites – WordPress Tavern
Qualcomm scraps $44 billion NXP deal after China inaction – Boston Globe
Gigamon Acquires SaaS Security Startup For Network Analytics – Packet Pushers
Juniper Networks -6.2% on light Q3 guidance – Juniper Networks – Seeking Alpha
Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results – Juniper Networks