ADN Issue 14, July 2015


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    Altera FPGAs Enable Big Data Storage Security with Advanced Encryption Standard Rates of an Unprecedented 100-Gbps, Full Duplex
    Karin Taylor
    Altera, June 29, 2015

    Altera Corporation today announced that network security pioneer Secturion Systems, Inc., has chosen Arria® 10 FPGAs for its DarkStor™ secure network storage appliance product lines.

    The DarkStor secure network storage appliance is capable of meeting the rigorous requirements for storing, retrieving and communicating secure data in high-bandwidth network and storage applications and is implemented using Altera’s family of high-performance 20 nm Arria 10 FPGAs. It features storage network packet processors, key handling and XTS-AES-256 encryption rates of 40-Gbps and 100-Gbps “full duplex” using unique patent-pending, systolic matrix architectures suitable for big data storage and IP network applications. In addition, the appliance features multi-tenancy and multiple independent levels of security features that eliminate the need for separate storage areas for each customer or each data type, improving security and saving on infrastructure costs.

    Tags: BigData, Encryption, FPGA, Networks,
    The Surprising Things You Don’t Know About Big Data
    Paul Balsom
    Adeptia, March 5, 2015

    You’re probably familiar with the terms byte, megabyte, and gigabyte — but do you know what a terabyte is? How about a petabyte, or an exabyte?

    These lesser-used words describe units of Big Data, or data sets with sizes beyond the ability of commonly used software tools to capture, curate, manage, and process data within a reasonable amount of time. Think of it this way: one byte is equivalent to one letter, while one megabyte (or 1,024 kilobytes) is equivalent to one book. A gigabyte is then around 1,600 books (1,024 megabytes), while a terabyte is 1,024 gigabytes and a petabyte is 1,024 terrabytes. An exabyte, finally, is 1,024 petabytes, or 1,600,000,000,000 books- equivalent to about 3000 times the entire content of the Library of Congress.

    By 2002, digital storage capacity had overtaken analog storage capacity, and by 2007, 94% of all data was stored digitally.

    Today, more than 2.5 exabytes (or 2.5 billion gigabytes) of data are generated every day- an already-high number that’s expected to continue growing at a significant rate, with mobile devices responsible for much of this data. Some experts have hypothesized that 90% of all the world’s data today was produced within the last two years.

    Tags: BigData,
    NATO Maneuvers to Keep Cool War With Russia From Going Hot
    David J Lynch
    Bloomberg Business, June 24, 2015

    Spooked by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s takeover of Crimea last year, NATO is working to deter a similar move elsewhere.

    “We have reasons to believe that Russia views the Baltic region as one of NATO’s most vulnerable areas, a place where NATO’s resolve can be tested,” said Sven Mikser, Estonia’s defense minister.

    Majorities of the public in Germany, France and Italy oppose defending NATO allies on Russia’s periphery if they come under attack, according to a June 10 Pew Research Center survey.

    No one expects Russian armored formations and thousands of soldiers to pour across the borders. The fear is a repeat of the deft propaganda and irregular militias that Russia has employed to devastating effect in eastern Ukraine.

    Or Russia could launch an offensive across virtual borders using cybertools that didn’t exist in the Cold War. In 2007, during a dispute between Estonia and Russia over the relocation of a Soviet war memorial from the center of Tallinn, “denial of service attacks” crashed Estonian government websites.

    “The Baltics’ desire to have a small permanent presence of U.S. troops — companies or battalions — will continue to grow. I think we’ll end up in that position in another year or so.” saied retired Admiral James Stavridis.

    Tags: General, Defense, Military, Cybersecurity, Security,
    NATO Confronts New Russia Threat While Afghan Challenge Persists
    David J Lynch
    Bloomberg Business, June 25, 2015

    Even as NATO defense ministers took steps this week to counter what they describe as a new Russian military threat, they were dogged by a security headache they’ve been unable to shake.

    “We talked here about NATO’s adaptation to the future. And the future looks different than it did just last summer,” Carter said on Thursday in Brussels, where he was attending a two-day meeting of 28 allied defense chiefs.

    Much of the session was consumed by new dangers, such as potential Russian threats to the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — and new alliance initiatives, including beefed-up cybersecurity efforts.

    U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe, can begin marshalling allied troops without waiting for a sometimes cumbersome bureaucracy to make a final decision.

    Delegating that authority to the allies’ top commander is one sign of the far-reaching changes under way in response to gathering concern over Russia’s intentions after its 2014 annexation of Crimea.

    Tags: Security, General, Defense,
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