If you’re a network engineer or have been following some of the recent trends in network security space, you may have come across terms such as “erosion of trust”, “zero trust ecosystem”, “the increased attack surface” and “new attack vectors”. What this means for a network engineer is that as application migrate from on-prem to cloud, and trends like mobility and IoT vastly expand the scale of assets and forms of access to be secured, traditional network security, which historically was centered around securing the perimeter of your network, is no longer sufficient.
I was recently reading the Symantec Internet Security Report. This report has been quite appropriately themed as “2013: Year of the Mega-Breach”. In particular, the Point-of-Sale type of attack, mostly prevalent in the retail segment of the market, is a great indicator of the anatomy of a typical breach. So I’ll use that as an illustrative example for the purposes of this post.
It’s an exciting year for Scotland, with several very high profile events happening. On our doorstep in July is the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games - what we call “Glasgow 2014″ - which, after the Olympics and World (soccer) Cup, is the third largest multi-nation sports event in the world. (The Commonwealth Games is sporting celebration among the 53 member states that were mostly territories of the former British Empire). As the official network infrastructure supporter for Glasgow 2014, we are proud to say that Cisco technology will help make the third biggest multi-nation sports competition be more connected than ever.
As part of our involvement, a number of Cisco employees were nominated to take part in the Queen’s Baton Relay. Like the Olympic Torch Relay, the Queen’s Baton Relay is attracting huge engagement from people all over the Commonwealth. I was lucky enough to be selected to represent Cisco in the relay, as a result of my “giving back” participation in our “Ride Across Britain” cycle (where, over the past few years, we have raised tens of thousands of pounds for ParalymicsGB each year) and work with local universities. The video here shows some “point of view” film from my participation in the small town of Uddingston in Scotland, which is close to where I stay and to the local Cisco Scotland office. It was both exciting and humbling to see the large number of people out on the street to see the baton relay and support the baton bearers -- the town center in particular was “mobbed”! And it was a huge change from my usual “day job” working in Data Center and Software Defined Networking services!
Online gaming is big business. In fact, according to Strategy Analytics, the mass multiplayer online (MMO) game industry is estimated to be a US $8 billion dollar industry by 2014. To be successful in this market, game developers must push the envelope, creating extraordinarily detailed game worlds and more realistic game play. Sluggish rendering and slow response times are the enemy. The network acts as the beachhead in ensuring a stellar game play experience.
En Masse Entertainment, a Seattle-based online gaming company, took a good hard look at the network when it came to the launch of TERA, a new massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG).
TERA is a visually breathtaking game that takes place within a vast fantasy world and offers an innovative combat experience with enhanced aiming, dodging, and tactical timing to create an intense and rewarding experience. This level of experience requires an infrastructure that can deliver high-network bandwidth and extreme processing power. That’s why En Masse turned to Cisco partner, MTM Technologies to build a network infrastructure to support the launch of this highly anticipated game.
Watch as Markus Schweig, Network Operations Director at En Masse discusses the process of building a network infrastructure to support TERA.