Julian Weinberger

About Me

Julian Weinberger, Director of Systems Engineering, CISSP -  NCP engineering, has over 10 years of experience in the networking and security industry, as well as expertise in SSL VPN, IPsec, PKI, and firewalls. 

Boost built-in IIoT security with VPNs

Developments in IIoT data protection are currently failing to keep up with the rapid rate of innovation and demand. The top three challenges for IT professionals are IIoT integration, migration/installation risks and privacy concerns.  Built-in security is the answer to establishing a trusted standard of IIoT security. Centrally managed VPN software provides vital data encryption for the many thousands of remote connection points that make up an IIoT environment. In combination with built-in security features and processes, VPNs provide robust protection for maintaining the privacy and integrity of highly sensitive IIoT data.

Properly managing IIoT systems to prevent cyberattacks

One of the top challenges of IIoT is keeping valuable business data secure. Cyberattacks against IIoT systems and critical network infrastructure have severe consequences, putting world governments on high alert. Enterprises must take adequate precautions to manage and protect data related to IIoT or machine-to-machine security. By securing every necessary remote connection with VPN management, it will be possible for enterprises to stay ahead of future cybersecurity threats.

Managing large-scale IoT security solutions with VPNs

Enterprises are experiencing a rapid evolution in technology that is challenging traditional security systems and infrastructures. The arrival of business-oriented IoT devices creates even more demand for secure connectivity. To avoid security breaches, IT departments must secure connections for more users and devices than ever before. Providing encryption for the communications of many thousands of devices, virtual private networks (VPNs)are a tried-and-tested way to ensure sensitive company information remains secure and private. When deploying VPNs for a multitude of devices, a large-scale management solution is essential that can greatly enhance the productivity of IT departments and keep corporate networks secure.

Smart building security: Cyber-resilience must be built in

While the progress towards smarter building infrastructure is impressive, it is important to remember that it is not without risk. Unfortunately, the diverse range of IoT systems within smart buildings are still running old, unpatched software and frequently communicate using nonstandard protocols. This makes malicious activity and potential security threats much harder to detect. Moving forward, it is imperative that the building industry and developers strictly deploy smart systems that have security built in from the start. When it comes to connectivity, the implementation of VPNs is critical for protecting smart buildings and ensuring device data is kept private and secure.

Shielding valuable IIoT data with VPNs

Industry 4.0 promises to combine digital technologies — such as big data, data analytics, artificial intelligence and machine learning — with all-pervasive internet connectivity to produce vast quantities of valuable data. Companies mine, analyze and convert the information into a wealth of insights and then use the knowledge to boost factory productivity, increase supply chain efficiency and make substantial cost savings. As always, new trends bring about new security challenges. Though connecting industrial machinery to the outside world can be risky, the deployment of virtual private networks (VPNs) can ensure that Industry 4.0’s data treasures stay hidden from unwelcome observers.

What security is needed for digital assistant devices?

In the near future, digital assistants will help with all kinds of mundane work tasks -- from setting up conference calls to replenishing office supplies. The majority of these digital assistants use voice recognition technology as their primary interface, which means they are always listening, even when they are not in use. With hacker activity and state-sponsored surveillance also on the rise, will digital assistants become the proverbial Trojan horse that allows attackers to sneak past our defenses unnoticed? While digital assistants are all very convenient, will using them be at the expense of our privacy and security?

How has VPN evolution changed remote access?

VPN evolution has transitioned the technology from point-to-point connectors that facilitate remote access to one that's based on sophisticated security multipoint connectivity. VPN evolution has taken place over the years, adapting to the networks that have been shaped by broadband connectivity, the cloud, and mobility, as well as the endpoint devices themselves. Reflecting back on the early days of VPNs and how far we have come, the evolution and the history of VPN technology can be broken down into four phases. Secure communication is one of the most important foundations for our future, and it is imperative to protect data in motion with VPN evolution.

Protecting Data in the Cloud

Nearly half of cloud services in the enterprise are outside corporate IT’s domain, while around 47 percent of corporate data stored in cloud environments are not managed by the IT department. Cloud computing is attractive to enterprises for cost efficiency as well as its flexibility in allowing employees and customers 24/7 access to information and services. However, the security challenges can be significant. IT managers are often uncertain of which measures are meant to secure what data. Effective security for cloud data demands a holistic approach and recognizes that not all data is vital.

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