NETSCOUT en Fri, 12 Apr 2024 12:49:51 -0400 Tue, 09 Apr 2024 11:18:26 -0400 A Dynamic Duo in the Fight Against Pervasive 5G Cyberthreats As 5G networks continue to grow in order to meet the increasing demands of mission-critical applications, concerns over cybersecurity are top-of-mind. The vast volume of data transmitted across 5G networks offers a ripe target for exploitation. According to a recent Palo Alto Networks study, nearly 70 percent of C... Tue, 09 Apr 2024 11:18:26 -0400 NETSCOUT Heather Broughton Understanding Attack Traffic Is Required for Building a DNS Protection Strategy Last week my daughter lost her phone. Due to this unfortunate event, she also lost the ability to call or message anyone she knew on another device because she did not know anyone’s phone numbers. This is not unusual in today’s world: We rarely have to remember anyone’s phone number anymore, because it is stored in our... Mon, 08 Apr 2024 11:20:00 -0400 NETSCOUT MIke Wetherbee NETSCOUT Research Finds 97% of Enterprises Experienced Major UCaaS-related Outages in 2023 NETSCOUT today released research that analyzes the challenges IT teams face in monitoring and troubleshooting unified-communications-as-a-service (UCaaS) tools as the need to support more software-as-service (SaaS) applications grows. One significant finding is that nearly all enterprises (97 percent) experienced at... Mon, 08 Apr 2024 10:55:22 -0400 NETSCOUT Eileen Haggerty Everything AI at Mobile World Congress 24’ The topic on everyone’s lips was AI or AIOps at Mobile World Congress ‘24 in Barcelona. Indeed, it was as if that was the only topic to discuss at MWC. What happened to all the other challenges and evolutions network operators and vendors face in telecommunications? Was the pivot away from 5G a sign of frustration or... Wed, 03 Apr 2024 09:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT John English Maintaining a Positive Balance: Managing Both Performance and User Experience at Leading Banks There is no shortage of digital transformation (DX) projects and rapidly evolving trends in the banking and financial services industry. For example, in 2024 many banks already have begun focusing on their risk-management strategies and rapid automation efforts. It is natural for leading banks to become focused on... Tue, 02 Apr 2024 08:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson Financial Enterprises Can Bank on NETSCOUT Visibility In the face of a network or application performance outage, time is money for leading banks around the world. And of course, in the financial services industry, trust is everything. When it comes to customers entrusting an institution with their finances, connectivity affects their experience, perception, and potential... Wed, 27 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson Private 5G Networks Need to Stay Private! Enterprises have a lot of options when considering a private 5G network deployment. If they have the requisite talent in-house, they have an á la carte menu of deployment options from which they are able to choose the 5G RAN, edge, and core from a selection of vendors and mobile operators. Otherwise, they can buy a 5G... Tue, 26 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT John English Successful Digital Transformations Are Based on Meeting the Needs of Three Top Stakeholders Recently, we’ve highlighted the importance of a three-phased, six-step cloud strategy to achieve successful migrations. While tailored specifically to application cloud migration projects, the process is a solid roadmap to follow for any digital transformation project. The following steps, slightly modified for digital... Wed, 20 Mar 2024 11:20:00 -0400 NETSCOUT Eileen Haggerty 5G Network Edge Support Runs Deep! STL Partners has named NETSCOUT as a top-edge computing company to watch in 2024. STL Partners’ selection of the top 100 edge companies alone is a statement of the business opportunity and complexity of 5G edge technology. This collection of recommended edge infrastructure vendors spans all things edge, from the... Tue, 19 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT John English Security Stack Efficiency Depends on Focused Feature Usage Many networks in today’s interconnected world suffer from overexposure to excessive nuisance and sometimes malicious traffic, even if they are not the target of that traffic. This increase in unnecessary traffic traversing the network edge can hurt the performance and capacity of devices designed to accomplish other... Thu, 14 Mar 2024 09:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT MIke Wetherbee Four Business-Critical Applications to Protect at Energy Company Business Edges In the U.S., the electric grid is made up of a series of 6,400 power plants, thousands of transformers, 5,500 substations, and more than 470,000 miles of wires operated by 3,000 power companies. Although Asia and Europe power plants and substation numbers are significant as well, the use of alternative power sources... Wed, 13 Mar 2024 10:15:00 -0400 NETSCOUT Eileen Haggerty How 5G Automation Unlocks Efficiency The transition to 5G leads to new complexities and is made even more challenging by the ongoing labor shortage in telecommunications. Heather Broughton, Associate Vice President of Communications Service Provider Product Marketing at NETSCOUT, recently wrote an article discussing this issue and providing insights into... Tue, 12 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0400 NETSCOUT Agnes Mends-Crentsil How Insurers Use Data, AI, and Cloud Applications to Improve Customer Experiences Insurance customers want simple digital experiences and quick solutions, such as instant policy quotes, efficient claims processing, 24/7 customer support, and seamless communication. This expectation has driven many insurance companies to leverage data and technology extensively to create digital services that offer... Thu, 07 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Anthony Cote Accelerate Incident Response with NetOps and SecOps Collaboration As the cybersecurity landscape constantly evolves, the battle against data breaches rages on, with organizations grappling not only with the threat of intrusion but also with the daunting task of swiftly identifying and containing breaches. According to a recent IBM report, the average time to identify a data breach... Wed, 06 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Your Business Is Always On: Is Your Network Visibility? For a moment, put yourself in your customers’ shoes. They demand instant access to your products and services, and they have little patience for network bottlenecks. Patchy cell coverage, a weak Wi-Fi signal, or congestion at the various “hops” in the cloud—all of these sound like weak excuses for a poor experience... Tue, 05 Mar 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Tracy Steele Network Visibility and DDoS Attack Analysis Are Essential in Identifying and Mitigating Adversarial Attacks All methods of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack analysis—whether proactive, or in preparation for a DDoS attack; reactive, or during a DDoS attack; or even in post-attack—can prove valuable to strengthen current mitigations or to establish future protection strategies. These objectives require network... Wed, 28 Feb 2024 11:36:30 -0500 NETSCOUT MIke Wetherbee 3 Phases of Cloud Migrations: Maintaining Visibility Throughout Maintaining visibility in the cloud continues to be a top priority for many organizations—regardless of what industry they are in. In fact, Flexera’s 2023 State of the Cloud report stated that 66 percent of respondents listed cloud migrations as one of their top nine cloud challenges. Although cloud migrations are... Tue, 27 Feb 2024 12:20:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson Why Threat Intelligence Is Vital for Cybersecurity In the dynamic realm of cybersecurity, the term “threat intelligence” has become a cornerstone in the proactive defense against cyber threats. This blog aims to unravel the significance of cyberthreat intelligence, exploring why it is indispensable for cybersecurity; the consequences of neglecting it; and how NETSCOUT... Mon, 26 Feb 2024 09:25:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Building a Culture of Visibility Managing complexity has become synonymous with managing organizations. Although digital connectedness brings a myriad of benefits, it also breeds integration challenges, bureaucracy, and inefficiency. Yet to stay competitive, we must continue to expand our digital ecosystems to meet customers, employees, and partners... Thu, 22 Feb 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Michael Szabados Telecom Talent Pool Drying Up as Standalone 5G Heads to the Cloud Moving to the cloud with 5G standalone (SA) networks promises a lot of good things for mobile operators and the enterprise customers they serve—including ultra-low latency and reliability, ultra-high bandwidth, and device density to support new enterprise services and devices, along with best-of-breed network... Wed, 21 Feb 2024 09:41:14 -0500 NETSCOUT John English Why You Need to Monitor Your East-West Traffic In the ever-evolving landscape of cybersecurity, staying ahead of potential threats is paramount. One crucial aspect organizations cannot afford to overlook is east-west traffic monitoring. In this blog, we delve into the concept of east-west traffic, explore its importance for security, explain how effective... Tue, 20 Feb 2024 11:33:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Cloud and Cloud Migrations as Application Incubators As digital transformation initiatives go, modern cloud ecosystems are not just service delivery platforms; they are application incubators, where services are conceived, deployed, hosted, and/or continuously refined. Despite the cloud’s mainstream adoption only taking root in the early 2000s, nearly half of the global... Thu, 15 Feb 2024 14:03:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Anthony Cote Harnessing the Power of IP Data for NetOps, SecOps, and AIOps As networks become increasingly complex, Communications Service Providers (CSPs) have their hands full ensuring that performance meets subscriber needs and that security is up to snuff. The rollout of 5G and the push to monetize new cloud and edge capabilities has placed tremendous demands on NetOps, SecOps, and AIOps... Wed, 14 Feb 2024 10:40:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Heather Broughton How to Improve Cloud Cybersecurity to Protect Google Cloud Platform Cloud cybersecurity is key to combatting the heightened risk of cyberthreats in intricate hybrid cloud environments. Visibility is a major component of all areas of network security because you cannot stop what you cannot see. Google Cloud Platform (GCP) is a prime example of a cloud environment that requires an... Tue, 13 Feb 2024 12:10:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brad Christian How to Improve Handover Performance in 5G Networks For many service providers, handover performance remains an ever-changing yet critical component of commercial success. While simplistic in nature, the act of maintaining continuous connectivity is growing increasingly complicated as new devices and technologies are introduced. To support an ever-evolving hybrid mobile... Thu, 08 Feb 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Jennifer Steele What and Why: Threat Hunting In the ever-evolving realm of cybersecurity, where the digital landscape undergoes constant transformations, the significance of cyberthreat hunting cannot be overstated. Threat hunting represents a proactive strategy that goes beyond traditional reactive security measures, involving the active search and mitigation of... Wed, 07 Feb 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby NETSCOUT Visibility to Avoid Outages in Load Balancing Environments Load balancers typically sit at some of the most critical positions in your network—often serving as the initial digital point of contact for customers, employees, and service environments. This strategic role, however, comes with its own set of challenges. Modern applications are diverse and complex, and they can... Tue, 06 Feb 2024 09:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Anthony Cote A zero trust framework helps protect network services at the edge. In this era of 5G networks, the wireless industry is hedging the edge by implementing new zero trust network access (ZTNA) security standards to help protect their networks and services. ZTNA is one component of the secure access service edge (SASE—pronounced “sassy”) security architecture designed to provide safe... Mon, 05 Feb 2024 13:55:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Agnes Mends-Crentsil What’s New with NETSCOUT at Mobile World Congress To all our friends, colleagues, partners, and customers who make the annual pilgrimage to the Mobile World Congress (MWC), we have one thing to say—we missed you! Admittedly, it’s been a few years since we’ve attended the conference, which is why we’re pleased to announce that NETSCOUT is making its return to MWC ’24... Fri, 02 Feb 2024 09:25:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Heather Broughton Understanding Cybersecurity Policy Violations with Omnis Cyber Intelligence In the complex realm of network security, the interplay between blocking and monitoring traffic is a critical decision. This blog delves into the concept of policy violations, exploring what they are, why they hold significance, and how NETSCOUT’s Omnis Cyber Intelligence (OCI) stands out as a powerful solution in this... Tue, 30 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Looking to Score with 5G at the Super Bowl While fans are anxiously hoping their playoff team makes it to Super Bowl LVIII, the teams from Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile are already in Las Vegas, Nevada, making sure their networks are ready, bringing in extra capacity and technical staff to handle the expected surge in mobile traffic in and around the stadium... Wed, 24 Jan 2024 09:43:23 -0500 NETSCOUT John English How to Avoid Byte-Size Disruptions in Cloud Database Migrations The best KPI for a cloud database migration is patience. Database migrations are inherently risky and complex operations, requiring precision, careful execution, and flawless management. The stakes? Pretty high—because any downtime or data loss can have financial consequences for businesses and jeopardize user... Tue, 23 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Anthony Cote How to Improve SOC Productivity with Omnis Cyber Intelligence and Splunk The security operations center (SOC) is the backbone of any network security team in an organization. Ensuring this team is productive in their investigations is key to running an efficient cybersecurity program. Many large enterprises, however, experience growing pains in their cyber organization as they acquire... Thu, 18 Jan 2024 11:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brad Christian The Road to Monetizing Subscriber Behavior In the back of every communications service provider’s (CSP’s) mind when it comes to the deployment of 5G is reaching that elusive pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Monetizing 5G services will be essential to justify the high cost of rolling out extensive new radio access network (RAN), core, and edge technologies... Wed, 17 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT John English Financial Leaders Invest in NETSCOUT Solutions We have all heard the saying “time is money,” and network downtime has both financial leaders and their customers tightening their purse strings. The negative impact of performance issues, especially during market hours, can have significant immediate and long-term repercussions. In fact, it has been reported that... Tue, 16 Jan 2024 09:20:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson Can You See Your 5G? The transformation of communications service provider (CSP) networks with virtualization and the move to the cloud with 5G standalone for mobile operators has created fundamental visibility challenges that require next-generation service assurance and analytics applications. Encrypted interfaces, changing packet... Thu, 11 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT John English Confirmed: NETSCOUT Arbor DDoS Protection Solution Has a 223% ROI and Reduces MTTR by 85% For more than 20 years, most of the world’s internet service providers, cloud providers, large enterprises, and governments have relied on the industry-leading technology in NETSCOUT’s Arbor distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack protection products to protect their services and customers from DDoS attacks... Wed, 10 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Tom Bienkowski 8 KPIs for How Omnis Cyber Intelligence Protects and Improves the Bottom Line In an era of escalating cyberthreats, safeguarding revenue streams has become paramount for enterprises. NETSCOUT Omnis Cyber Intelligence (OCI) emerges as the leader in this space, offering a unified platform for NETSCOUT’s Visibility Without Borders and advanced network threat detection and response (NDR) solutions... Tue, 09 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby 3 Ways Strategic Security Spend Fuels Business Growth In the realm of corporate budgets, security spending often has been perceived as a necessary expense—a cost center with the primary aim of protecting the organization. However, this conventional view fails to capture the full spectrum of benefits that robust security investments offer. Beyond safeguarding against... Thu, 04 Jan 2024 16:02:07 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Comparably Recognizes NETSCOUT as Top Workplace NETSCOUT is proud to be recognized as a top workplace by Comparably, an employee review platform that ranks companies on key categories impacting the employee experience. Comparably’s Best Place to Work Awards is an annual series, announced quarterly, highlighting the best workplaces. The awards are derived from... Thu, 04 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Judy Clark Achieving a Global Network View—but Keeping It Simple, Too. Growing global operations while also managing the complexities in IT that arise as business scales has proven to be a consistent top challenge for many organizations—regardless of industry. According to a survey of large enterprises last year, 82 percent of respondents say that the complexity of information technology... Wed, 03 Jan 2024 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson 200 Team Volunteer Projects Through NETSCOUT’s Heart of Giving, our charitable giving programs, any employee who sees an opportunity to address an issue in their community can step up and organize a team to work on it. When five or more employees volunteer for at least three hours, NETSCOUT provides a volunteer grant of $2,500 to the organization... Wed, 27 Dec 2023 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Karen McCloskey Strengthening Cybersecurity and Compliance The cybersecurity landscape is ever-evolving, and this past summer, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted new rules requiring comprehensive disclosure of cybersecurity incidents and information regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance. These regulations pose new challenges... Fri, 22 Dec 2023 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby 5G Network Slicing: The Journey to Monetization Network slicing holds the potential to be a true game changer for communications service providers (CSPs), enabling them to deliver new enterprise 5G services to subscribers and generate critically important revenue streams. The promise is so great that a recent report predicted the global network-slicing market will... Thu, 21 Dec 2023 09:20:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Heather Broughton Using a Common Dataset Across IT Teams Via Integrated Tools NETSCOUT AVP for Enterprise Product Management Dr. Phil Gray recently joined Steve Sviontek, AVP for Global Services Operations, on our “ NO LATENCY” podcast to discuss the benefits of using a common dataset across enterprise teams to manage performance and security. Gray has been with NETSCOUT for 12 years. Previously... Wed, 20 Dec 2023 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brad Christian Education’s Digital Transformation From Chalk To Chip The future of education is being etched in silicon. The global EdTech market is projected to reach $696.04 billion by 2028, driven by technology, digitalization, and hybrid learning models. Even ChatGPT has entered the classroom. Digital transformations in K-12 schools and districts are focused on improving web-based... Tue, 19 Dec 2023 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Anthony Cote Packet Data for Security In the realm of cybersecurity, network traffic analysis plays a pivotal role in safeguarding digital landscapes against threats. At the heart of this analysis lies a treasure trove of information known as packet data. This intricate network of packets holds immense value for security professionals, offering insights... Thu, 14 Dec 2023 09:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Robert Derby Letting It Flow with RAN Data Monetization Communications service providers (CSPs) are always searching for promising new revenue opportunities from their subscriber base. RAN data offers a largely untapped wealth of subscriber data that can be monetized. By accessing and analyzing geolocation and other consumer usage data points, CSPs can provide B2B customers... Wed, 13 Dec 2023 09:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Jennifer Steele Maximizing Digital Transformation Performance in the Ever-Changing IT Landscape NETSCOUT Senior Director Jason Chaffee recently joined AVP of Global Services Operations Steve Sviontek on our “ NO LATENCY” podcast to discuss the importance of visibility in digital transformations for enterprises of all sizes. Chaffee is a 10-year NETSCOUT veteran who initially worked as a product manager for the... Tue, 12 Dec 2023 09:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brad Christian Financial Leaders Put a Lot of Stock in NETSCOUT For stock exchange leaders in the financial industry, milliseconds in slowdowns or downtime can mean millions of dollars lost—not to mention significant hits to employee productivity, user experience, customer satisfaction, and overall company reputation. Over the last 5 to 10 years, studies have shown that an hour of... Mon, 11 Dec 2023 08:00:00 -0500 NETSCOUT Brooke Jameson