The structure of the Chinese internet is unlike any other country, being similar to a gigantic intranet, according to research published by Oracle last week.The country has very few connection points to the global internet, has zero foreign telcos operating within its borders, and Chinese-to-Chinese internet traffic never leaves the country.All of these allow China to disconnect itself at will from the global internet and continue to operate, albeit with no connectivity to western services."Put plainly, in terms of resilience, China could effectively withdraw from the global public internet and maintain domestic connectivity (essentially having an intranet)," Oracle's Dave Allen said. "This means the rest of the world could be restricted from connecting into China, and vice versa for external connections for Chinese businesses/users."Very few peering pointsThe most obvious sign that China is different from any other country in terms of how it structured its internet infrastructure is … [Read more...] about Oracle: China’s internet is designed more like an intranet
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A raccoon found its way into an electrical substation in Boyle County, Kentucky, at about 2:35am Easter Sunday, causing a power outage that impacted thousands of utility customers. Fortunately, Kentucky Utility was able to repair the damage and restore power within about and hour, ensuring families and any businesses would not be impacted during the day. Fortunately, thanks to the timing and quick response, the impact on businesses and residents was minimal But, every outage, regardless of duration, scale, or time of occurrence, should serve as a reminder for businesses that they should have appropriate business continuity plans in place. Aside from the obvious immediate downtime while power is out, loss of power can have a number of consequences for businesses that haven’t taken steps to protect themselves. They include extended downtime, loss of revenue, equipment failure, and data loss, among others. One strategy an increasing number of … [Read more...] about Businesses Can’t Prevent Power Outages but They Can Protect Technology from Costly Damage
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Personal Tech Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Personal Tech | Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here’s How to Do It. Advertisement Supported by Tech Fix There are many tools for setting up two-factor authentication, a security mechanism that prevents improper access. These four methods are the most compelling. ByBrian X. Chen March 27, 2019 When Facebook revealed last week that it had stored millions of people’s account passwords in an insecure format, it underlined the importance of a security setting that many of us neglect to use: two-factor authentication. That might sound like a mouthful, but it has become essential for our digital protection. What it stands for is basically two steps to verify that you are who you say you are, so that even if a password falls into the hands of the wrong people, they cannot … [Read more...] about Protecting Your Internet Accounts Keeps Getting Easier. Here’s How to Do It.
Smart home devices aren’t just for the home. Businesses are inviting more and more internet-connected devices into their offices and buildings as well. While the technology may simplify some tasks, security experts warn that the Internet of Things is also opening companies up to more security threats. Cybersecurity firm Trend Micro recently released a new report that shows how smart home devices can expose companies in unexpected ways and create new points of entries for attackers. According to the firm, there are three primary categories of automation systems that are used by companies: Local stand-alone servers, cloud-based servers, and virtual assistant-based servers. All three present unique challenges to secure, lest you leave yourself open to a potential attack. To track the threat, Trend Micro researchers set up 100 connected devices in two sites to see how security lapses develop. What they found were the more devices and actions that are added to a network, the more … [Read more...] about Smart home devices are causing more security risks for businesses
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Asia Pacific Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Asia Pacific | Could You Last 11 Days Without the Internet? Tonga Finds Out the Hard Way Supported by ByDaniel Victor Jan. 31, 2019 HONG KONG — The residents of Tonga, a remote island nation 1,100 miles northeast of New Zealand, have gained unwanted perspective on how much they’ve come to depend on the internet. An underwater fiber-optic cable that connects Tongans to high-speed internet was severed on Jan. 20, plunging the roughly 100,000 residents into digital darkness. Internet connections were lost on the country’s more than 170 islands, international calls wouldn’t go through and credit card payments couldn’t be processed. Eleven days later, officials are still working to repair the damage as trickles of connectivity have returned, including phone service. Ezinet, a local … [Read more...] about Could You Last 11 Days Without the Internet? Tonga Finds Out the Hard Way