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Network Monitoring with Open Source Tools : How Open Source Helps?



The use of a system that constantly monitors a complex network of computers is defined as network monitoring. Network monitoring is basically defined as a part of network management. It is meant to notify the network administrator via email, SMS or other alarms in case of outages or any other complication.

Network monitoring is a critical aspect of network management and thus, it is essential to make sure those computer applications and networks remain safe from all sorts of cyber attacks, the vulnerabilities that PCs and laptops are prone to. There are open source communities around to develop advanced tools, this article presents the rationale for network monitoring, along with a few select open source network monitoring tools.

Basic Goals of Network Monitoring

Network monitoring has the ultimate goal of reducing the IT's load and making the life of IT professionals a little easier. In this direction, open source development looks promising for both developers and consumers.

·         Stay ahead of Outages

Implementing network monitoring is one of the simplest ways to prevent outages such as human error and configuration issues.

·         Fix Issues Faster

Network monitoring makes problem-solving easier without having any person involved in it. Network monitoring helps in resolving configuration errors and abnormal traffic fluctuations. Through live network maps, you can reach the origin of problems. 

·         Gain Immediate ROI 

Often, IT teams faces heavy workload and complex projects without ideal time, staff, or budget. In that case, the right network monitoring tool can be the only solution to deliver immediate ROI. It even cuts down on tedious troubleshooting time. 

The Need for Network Monitoring

Network monitoring is a vital aspect to see your organisation growing. Without it, your empire can suffer from serious outages, extra time consumption and additional expenses with a lower work efficiency. Thus, the need of network monitoring lies here:

·         Manage Growing Networks

Today's IT environments are growing in size, all due to technological innovation and rise in connected devices. Network monitoring ensures easy dealing with IPv6 transitions and cloud migrations to avail smooth performance at work place.  

·         Identify Security Threats  

Any kind of suspicious activity may impose a threat to the 'normal' performance of your organisation. Network monitoring can help secure your business-critical data and protect your information against data breaches. A network monitoring tool offers the first level of security, thus, making it easy to spot any kind of activity that is out of the 'ordinary'. 

Different Network Monitoring Methods

·    Intrusion Detection: Intrusion detection is meant to monitor local area networks or Loans for unauthorized access by hackers. It is implemented by most IT professionals to detect viruses, malwares and other network vulnerabilities.

·      Firewall Monitoring: It monitors the incoming and outgoing traffic of the network. Not just that, it tracks the activities of a firewall in order to ensure the screening process.

·       Penetration Testing: Penetration testing is carried out by IT professionals with the purpose to take network security to another level by discovering networking vulnerabilities.

Different Open Source Tools used for Network Monitoring

The market for network monitoring systems often seems to be quite confusing. Internet offers a wide range of tools with almost similar and limited features. Thus, it is important to make sure that you understand the uses of the tools available and then opt for the one that better suits your needs. 

·        PaesslerPRTG

This tool offers centralised networking. It is available in a wide variety of languages, including that of French and Spanish. It offers an all-in-one network monitoring software, thereby, helping the users to locate and avoid network errors across various areas of network. 

·         LibreNMS 

It is a PHP-based open source network monitoring tool that uses the simple network management protocol (SNMP). It supports operating systems such as Linux and FreeBSD. 

·         OpManager 

ManageEngine offers a free network monitoring tool called OpManager. Not just that, it provides network, server and virtualisation monitoring as well as allow the users to monitor a wide range of critical devices such as routers, firewalls, and switches. 

IBM Open Source Community for Developers

IBM helps you to bypass long development times, thus, minimizing costs at the same time. It uses SIEM technology to reduce upfront and operational costs, detects threats more quickly by using close gaps. Besides, it offers you continuous updates regarding any kind of evolving threats and regulatory compliance requirements. They have dynamic community for open source development and build many open source projects to help the communities around.

Open source tools offers verity of features and developers can easily customize it with the need of the environment. With the help of a right developer community, open source development can change the level of coders and increase the innovation. IBM provides open platform to developers around the world, they provide codes, docs, supporting materials and all the needful for developers to use. Developers can join the community and access the codes, together they can take these promising open source projects to the new level.

World's Best & Largest Business Competition for Unmanned Systems : GENIUS NY



Today we are going to talk about world's largest competition where some great startup businesses have chance to win a total of $3 Million in investments. Yes, you read this right. GENIUS NY is a year-long business accelerator that awards five finalist teams a total of $3 million in investments. In addition, the program offers incubator space, company stipends, advisors, resources, programming, and connections, making it among the largest competitions of its kind across the globe.

GENIUS NY is focused on Unmanned Systems; software, hardware, analytics. The program is also open to robotics, drones, data to decision platforms and IoT. This year-long contest happens every year and registrations are already open for the GENIUS NY 3.0 (third edition of this program) which is starting from January 2019.

Highlights of the Program:

The program begins in January at The Tech Garden incubator in downtown Syracuse, NY. Finalists are selected from a competitive pool of submissions from across the globe. The program provides UAS startups all the tools they need for success, including stipends, resources, programming, advisors and connections. ​

This time a total of $3 million in direct investment funding will be awarded, with one grand prize of up to $1 million and four $500,000 awards. Previously, the program awarded three grand prizes of up to $1 million, $600,000, and $400,000 and three runner-up prizes of $250,000 with $250,000 available for follow-on funding. Doubling the investment for the finalist teams will provide them with an even greater opportunity to succeed and grow their business in Central New York.

Round three of the GENIUS NY program will begin in January 2019 and will run for 12 months. It is the largest business accelerator competition for the UAS industry in the world. The advancement of the GENIUS NY program builds on the progress of CNY Rising, the region’s comprehensive strategy to revitalize communities and grow the economy. The UAS industry accelerator program is administered by CenterState CEO’s The Tech Garden in Downtown Syracuse.

Six finalists were selected in 2018 and the winner of the $1 million grand prize from Round II of the GENIUS NY accelerator was Fotokite, a team from Switzerland. Fotokite combines aerial and ground-based robotics with patented flight control algorithms to create a kite-like tethered drone system, which uses a tether to fly for 24 hours fully autonomously.

Application Process:

Applications for GENIUS NY 3.0 are now open and will be accepted until October 14, 2018. Click here to apply & get started on the application. To read about full application process, click here.

Timeline:

October 14 - Applications Close for GENIUS NY 3.0
November - Semi-Finalists Announced
December - Finalists Announced
January - GENIUS NY 3.0 Finalists Arrive for Accelerator

Start with a great idea in one of the focus areas, meet the eligibility requirements, and submit a complete application by October 14, 2018. The first step in the application process is to complete the Registration Form. You will be notified if you qualify. You can read more about program details or FAQ's in case of any doubt.

How Technology Impacts Your Personal Data, Security and Privacy


Ever since the digital world has evolved, security has been the evergreen tech concern. Privacy is an individual’s right – their right to choose details they want to disclose and information they don’t want to reveal about themselves. Headed into this technological era, where the use of internet has become more and more common, we are stripped off our right to privacy gradually every day.

It is then upon us to make sure that our privacy rights are maintained, if not respected otherwise.

Technology and Its Impacts

We’re in an era where even our air conditioners have Wi-Fi. It is almost impossible to tell technology and internet apart because both are now correlated.

Our devices and the internet feel like as much of a necessity as anything else. But as we grow more and more immune to it, it comes with great consequences and impacts personal data, security and privacy.

Impact of Social Media

Most commonly used by the majority of the population is social media. Not only the youth, but the adults are hooked to it as well and are glued to it round the clock. Such platforms include Snapchat, Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

There are very few who don’t use these platforms, others already have it. When you first create a profile, you are asked for your personal details that pretty much gives away all your basic information such as name, age, date of birth, gender, email address, phone number and picture. All of this data is then kept in the social media’s database. That, along with all the other activity you carry on the social website / app – the people you follow, the pictures you like, the videos you watch and the posts you interact on, is recorded. This is then used to show relevant content to you, which is great, but at other times it is sold to third party companies who then choose their target audience to display ads.

There are various political organizations that use information from such data breaches to influence the opinion of the public. This is not just a theory formed in the air. Political events which have been reported where politicians paid Cambridge Analytica to use information from data breaches are as following:

  • 2015 and 2016 campaigns of United States politicians Donald Trump and Ted Cruz
  • 2016 Brexit vote
  • 2018 Mexican general election, 2018 for Institutional Revolutionary Party

Facebook director, Mark Zuckerberg, was also caught in the act and while he apologized for the situation, Facebook users still feel that this was a breach of trust as well as data.

Data Surveillance Agencies

Data surveillance is the monitoring of activity on a computer or over the internet, which is carried out covertly by government, corporations, criminal organizations, copyright agents or even individuals. This act may or may not be illegal, though it is done regardless. Companies and other agencies make millions selling large databases.

There are also laws by governments, such as the government of United States, United Kingdom, Australia and more, which obligate the Internet Service Providers to record and maintain the user data for a period of at least 6 – 12 months to a maximum of 2 years. It is the storage of telecommunications, internet traffic and transaction data.

ISPs that monitor your data often throttle with your speed which becomes irritating for torrenteers. Another thing at risk for people who download torrents it that if copyright agents are on the lookout, they will track the user’s IP, ask the ISP to track the user down to the exact location and have him bear the consequences. The consequences may sometimes be just hefty fines or as elaborate and intense as jail time.

Protection against Personal Data Leakages

There are a million things that can go wrong if your data gets into the wrong hands. This is why it is a matter that should be given grave importance and precautions must be taken before you become a victim. Here are ways you can protect yourself from the negative impact of technology on your personal data:

1. Anonymizing proxies
There are such proxies that provide a web experience that is slightly more private. They use an HTTPS encryption to provide a level of protection.


2. Privacy enhancing tools

Then there are tools such as Tor, Mixmaster and I2P that allow to evade data retention, gives encryption and allows anonymous browsing. However, not all is possible with a single tool. Each tool offers different method of privacy.


3. VPN

Finally, there’s VPN which allows P2P communications, anonymous browsing, provides encryption, gives access to geo-restricted content and secures your data while you carry out any browsing online. This allows torrenteers to download torrents anonymously without the fear of torrenting and also lets a user browse the internet restriction-free without having to worry about hackers or any other intruders. This makes the use of a VPN a clear winner when compared to the other two options. 


Conclusion

As time goes by, we are only advancing more in terms of technology. Data breaches and impact of technology on personal data, privacy and security is inevitable. However, it is not impossible to guard yourself. While all the threats online exist, there are precautionary measures that can be taken to keep them at bay as well.