Archive for November 8, 2023

EnGenius Unveils the Switch Extender Series

Posted in Commentary on November 8, 2023 by itnerd

EnGenius has announced the launch of their Switch Extender series starting with the EXT1105P. This cutting-edge solution is set to redefine how companies approach network expansion, engineered to meet the surging network extension demands of Multi-Family, Senior Living, Student Housing, and Hospitality businesses, including voice connectivity. With its Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology and multiple PSE output ports, the EXT1105P Switch Extender liberates businesses from the complexities and high costs associated with network cabling and power wiring and allowing them to effectively expand their networks.

Addressing Industry Challenges

Expanding networks, regardless of industry, poses significant hurdles, including:

  1. Physical Distance: Covering vast areas requires flexible, simplified, long-distance deployment solutions.
  2. Cost Constraints: Network expansion can be cost-prohibitive; the Switch Extender solution minimizes expenses.
  3. Power Availability: The Switch Extender series’ Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology effectively addresses power constraints and lack of power outlets.
  4. Deployment Complexity: Technical intricacies are reduced through user-friendly design, cloud management, and simple deployment.
  5. VLAN Trunking: Extending network segmentation to encompass every room, ensuring that each resident has VLAN-based personal networks within their apartments or dorms.

Powering Your Connectivity

The EXT1105P leverages PoE technology, enabling power transmission through PoE switches, making flexible installations in remote areas a reality. The Switch Extender also boasts Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) output capabilities, streamlining network expansion even in locations without power outlets, which allows seamless connectivity for various devices, including cameras, speakers, and access points.

Streamlined Management with EnGenius Cloud 

EnGenius combines the Switch Extender series with its unified EnGenius Cloud solution for streamlined network management and offering an end-to-end networking solution. This integrated platform empowers administrators to efficiently oversee a range of EnGenius products, from Access Points and Switches to Gateways and PDUs, all in one centralized location, centralizing tasks to boost efficiency and cut operational costs. Simplified onboarding and configuration templates eliminate the need for on-site visits, reducing deployment time and expenses. Immediate connectivity ensures businesses can optimize operations quickly and hassle-free. Added with EnGenius’ cloud-managed PDUs and their self-healing features, the Switch Extenders offer an efficient power management solution for any extensive environment.

CAPEX and OPEX Benefits

The switch extender family is an innovative solution that simplifies network infrastructure deployment while reducing capital and operational expenditures. Power delivery via Ethernet cables becomes easy and efficient, eliminating the need for certified electricians during deployment. The solutions support 60W Power Sourcing Equipment (PSE) budget, connecting 3 to 4 Powered Devices, streamlining the installation process, and reducing labor hours and component costs.

The switch extender family is a reliable solution that extends its lifespan by eliminating essential components like power sources and fans. It has a potential Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF) of 224,964 hours, making it highly reliable and long-lasting. Once installed, the devices require minimal to no repairs or routine maintenance, saving time and money while providing peace of mind.

Key Features: 

  • Quick-scan device register, remote monitoring, and troubleshooting 
  • Real-time system metrics, analytics, and remote configurations 
  • IGMP snooping provides advanced multicast filtering & network efficiency 
  • Spanning Tree (RSTP) that promotes high availability and loop-free topology within Ethernet networks. 
  • Voice VLAN for fast, reliable deployment of VoIP services

The EXT1105P Switch Extender is scheduled to start shipping in the latter part of the fourth quarter in 2023.

New Research Reports Rise of .AI As Cybercriminals Exploit Domains & Anguilla Looks To Profit

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 8, 2023 by itnerd

Netcraft has published research on the popularity and rise of .ai – the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the British Overseas Territory of Anguilla – and the related increase in malicious activity. Registration fees that go to the treasury of the Aguilla government, according to The New York Times, made $2.9M .ai registrations in 2018. 

Registrations for this ccTLD began in 1995 and accelerated rapidly due to the boom in AI and related industries. Netcraft’s data comes from its internet data and research of every discoverable site on the Web run monthly since 1995. 

The ccTLD is used by many legitimate businesses, including Google and Meta (registering and in 2017), redirecting websites promoting their work in AI. Netcraft detected a significant growth in web servers using .ai domains in 2017 when the technology industry and the broader media began to notice (and report on) the potential of AI. 

The increase in malicious activity using .ai domains includes phishing attacks, affiliate marketing scams, defaced sites, cryptocurrency investment scams, and web shells. Netcrafts’ research to date shows that .ai is a rapidly growing domain space that could be used for malicious purposes and future potential for .ai to be used for phishing .au domains in typosquatting attacks, as the letters ‘u’ and ‘i’ are next to each other on most common keyboard layouts (such as QWERTY, AZERTY, and Dvorak). 

You can read the research here.

First Free & Fully Undetectable Cloud-Based Cryptocurrency Miner Utilizing Microsoft Azure

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 8, 2023 by itnerd

SafeBreach Labs has released its newest discovery of the first free and fully undetectable cloud-based cryptocurrency miner utilizing Microsoft Azure’s Automation Service and how attackers might leverage the capabilities of the cloud to cheaply – and secretly – mine for cryptocurrency. 

The implications are significant, as many organizations use cloud services like those provided by Microsoft Azure Cloud Automation and could become exposed to malicious actors looking to utilize their computational resources.

You can read the report on this here.

White House declares November 2023 Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 8, 2023 by itnerd

In a recent White House proclamation, November has been designated as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month. This annual observance is aimed at raising awareness and engaging all levels of government, infrastructure owners/operators, and the American public in understanding the crucial role played by critical infrastructure in the nation’s health and well-being. It emphasizes the importance of bolstering security and resilience in critical infrastructure.

CISA underlined the significance of the initiative, emphasizing the need for organizations to protect their systems and networks. Dr. David Mussington, CISA’s Executive Assistant Director for Infrastructure Security, offered valuable advice, which includes:

  • Assess Your Risk. Organizations should identify their most critical functions and assets, define dependencies that enable the continuity of these functions, and consider the full range of threats that could undermine functional continuity.
  • Make a Plan and Exercise It. Organizations should perform dedicated resilience planning, determine the maximum downtime acceptable for customers, develop recovery plans to regain functional capabilities within the maximum downtime, and test those plans under real-life conditions to ensure the ability to operate through disruption.
  • Continuously Improve and Adapt. Organizations should be prepared to regularly adapt to changing conditions and threats. This starts with fostering a culture of continuous improvement, based on lessons learned from exercises and real-world incidents, and evolving cross-sector risks.

CISA provides a “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month Toolkit” that offers a broad range of resources.

Dave Ratner, CEO, HYAS has this comment:

   “I applaud the White House for realizing how important the topic of resilience is for critical infrastructure across government and private enterprise. Gone are the days where we could reliably and confidently say that we can keep all criminals and bad actors out of the network. The reality of today is that organizations must be resilient against the onslaught of constant intrusions, and there is nothing more important for the health, well-being, and safety of people than the various critical infrastructure industries.”

Emily Phelps, Director, Cyware adds this comment:

   “The White House’s designation of November 2023 as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month is a great initiative for national security. This dedication to raising awareness about the criticality of infrastructure resilience underscores the reality that the robustness of these systems is integral to our society. Moving to a proactive stance when implementing and adapting cybersecurity strategies is crucial to outpacing an ever-evolving adversary. CISA’s call for a culture of continuous improvement to anticipate and counteract evolving cyber threats is a great step to educate and build momentum around modernized cybersecurity strategies.”

Mike Barker, CCO, HYAS follows with this comment:

   “The designation of November as Critical Infrastructure and Resilience Month marks a pivotal step in recognizing the fundamental role critical infrastructure plays in our nation’s stability.  It’s crucial that we take advantage of this designation and elevate awareness and participation across all sectors to fortify the resilience of these systems.  Assessing risks, meticulous planning, and regular adaptation are key in ensuring preparedness against evolving threats.”

Anything that brings light to the fact everyone needs to build resiliency into everything possible is a good thing. Which is why I applaud The White House for doing this. Hopefully everyone is paying attention.