Tenable Chief Cybersecurity Strategist Adam Palmer advises use of password managers for protection from easily hackable passwords

July 2, 2020

Last month, a computer engineering student Ata Hakçıl, analysed the username and password combinations that leaked online after data breaches at various companies. It was discovered the ‘123456’ password was spotted 7 million times across a data trove of one billion leaked credentials. The “123456” string was the most commonly reused password online for the past five years in a row, and counting.

Ata Hakçıl’s full discovery can be found here.

Adam Palmer, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist comments on the usage of predictable passwords.

Using 123456 as a password is like having a door with a no hinges; a thief can break it down without much effort. It’s concerning that given so much of our lives are available online and accessible across multiple devices, we’re still relying on simple and predictable passwords. With data breaches happening so frequently, I cannot stress enough the importance of creating unique, strong password combinations. The most effective method is to use a password manager to create and store complex passwords. I’d also strongly encourage enabling two-factor authentication to protect accounts. It’s simple to use and provides an additional layer of security.” – Adam Palmer, Chief Cybersecurity Strategist at Tenable


Arrow PC and Dell Technologies Introduce Tailored Solution for Compact Data Centers

July 2, 2020

NEW DELHI, India – July 2, 2020 – In today’s data-centric world, enterprises need to tailor their IT infrastructure with the right compute, storage and connectivity to meet specific workload needs. Enterprises have their branches in major cities around the world and there is a need for data to be updated across all the units. Organizations are finding it challenging to manage the growing number of remote locations as more business-critical data moves to multiple edges and distributed IT sites.

The increasing data volume in organizations has led to the data centers experiencing the need to have more space for data storage and data processing. Dell has a perfect solution for this issue. The data can be stored and processed in a compact ‘under the desk’ EMC PowerEdge VRTX. PowerEdge VRTX addresses the lack of space through the convergence of servers, storage and networking into a 5U rackable desk-side chassis with the capacity to support up to four server nodes. It also helps in computing power, sharing storage capacity, solving hardware disparity and acts as a highly attractive platform for a wide range of workloads in a broad spectrum of industries,” said Gurpreet Singh, Managing Director at Arrow PC Network Pvt Ltd.

PowerEdge VRTX is a modular infrastructure solution that ensures ease of management and quiet acoustics so that the users can operate non-disruptively. It is built on scalable business architecture to continually optimize the capacity and performance of data centers with versatile, swappable components to ensure scalability.

This product is designed specifically for small offices and enterprise branch offices but is also versatile enough to be incorporated into a large data center. PowerEdge VRTX can take on a wide variety of assignments, from business-office applications to tier-1 back-end workloads. It matches server and storage-capacity requirements to the business requirement and easily expands with the increasing enterprise demands.

Being a compact data center, the PowerEdge VRTX is low maintenance and cost-effective. It includes features such as Fresh Air validated configurations and standard power options which helps in keeping the operating expenses in check. The unique features of Dell EMC PowerEdge VRTX are as follows:

  • Flexibility: Mixes and matches server sledges based on changing workloads with up to four hot-plug PowerEdge server nodes.
  • Easily add external storage: Connects up to four MD1200 (12x 3.5ʺ drives) or MD1220 (24x 2.5ʺ drives) disk arrays in redundant or capacity-based configurations.
  • Integrates networking: Uses the 10GbE or 1GbE internal switch module or an optional 1Gb Ethernet pass-through module.

With enterprises being aided by this ‘under your desk’ data center, there will be no worry of unprecedented demand for space and speed for the data load received.

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About Arrow PC Network

Arrow PC Network is the hybrid SI & solution provider and Dell Titanium Partner. Arrow provides services/solutions in key technology areas such as System Integration, Data Centers, Backup, Storage, Cloud Computing, Data Security, Software, Mobility, Virtualization, Wireless, Power Solutions and Networking. With advanced technology capabilities, the company has managed to deliver comprehensive solutions and service to customers across India. The company assists organizations design, develop and deliver cost-effective technology-enabled solutions that allow them to achieve high efficiency and performance. To know more, please visit www.arrowpcnetwork.com.


Adobe concludes support for Magento 1, owners urged to upgrade

July 1, 2020

With Adobe officially ending support for its popular ecommerce platform Magento 1, attackers are likely chomping at any opportunity to exploit undisclosed vulnerabilities in Magento 1.

Here’s a comment from Satnam Narang, Staff Research Engineer at Tenable.

It’s been nearly two years since Magento, one of the most popular e-commerce solutions, announced that Magento 1, both the Community and Commerce versions, would reach end of life at the end of June 2020. This lead time gave site owners an opportunity to prepare and, hopefully, transition to Magento 2, which is supported.

Cybercriminals have routinely targeted Magento sites as part of Magecart attacks, where they inject malicious code into the sites in order to steal payment card information from victims’ customers. With Magento releasing its final batch of security fixes on June 22, attackers are likely chomping at the bit to exploit any undisclosed vulnerabilities in Magento 1. It is imperative that Magento site owners upgrade to Magento 2 for continued security updates or transition to another eCommerce solution that is still supported.”


AVerMedia and Ignitarium Launch an AI-driven Airborne Railway Track Inspection System

June 30, 2020

BENGALURU, India – June 30, 2020 – AVerMedia, a multinational company specializing in hardware for image capture and video transmission, along with Ignitarium, a leading provider of AI software announce the roll out of a new class of aircraft-based railway track anomaly detection solutions, for the global Railroad maintenance industry.

 

The first step towards accurate anomaly detection on rail tracks, from the air, is the ability to precisely capture the artifacts of interest, compensating for aircraft pitch, roll and yaw. Ignitarium’s Dynamic Camera Alignment software running on the AVerMedia Box PC EX731-AAH2-2AC0 (with an NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module inside) allows the acquisition of high quality video where every rail track related object-of-interest is perfectly “centered” in every single captured frame. These frames are then analyzed by Ignitarium’s TYQ-i™ Defect Detection software platform to generate a detailed list of anomalies including cracked ties, skewed ties, damaged plates, missing spikes etc. Anomaly detection runs on a more powerful AVerMedia EX731-AAH2-2AC0 compute platform (with an NVIDIA Jetson Xavier AGX module inside). This new category of from-the-air, rather than traditional terrestrial platform based, allows vast lengths of railway tracks to be inspected in the least amount of time without disrupting rail schedules.

 

Sujeeth Joseph, Chief Product Officer at Ignitarium said “Ignitarium has a rich history of developing advanced Vision-AI algorithms for anomaly detection. Infrastructure analytics, in particular, has been a growth area for us in recent years. We are extremely pleased with our collaboration with US-based Skycam Aviation Inc., whose state of the art fixed-wing aircraft based image acquisition platform served as the vehicle for deployment of our high precision rail-track defect detection software. As our hardware provider, AVerMedia’s Box PC portfolio (based on NVIDIA’s Jetson TX2 and Xavier AGX modules) has proved to be a reliable computing platform for these demanding use cases”.

 

Ignitarium has been working on a whole spectrum of compelling problem statements from both new-age and traditional industries. Its AI-based TYQ-i™ defect detection platform has also been used to address several challenging problems from industries as varied as transportation, food, footwear, automotive, solar etc. Specific to the infrastructure space, Ignitarium is currently deploying aerial-based analytics solutions for other high value assets like power transmission towers, cellular towers, roads, canals, pipelines, bridges, solar farms, construction sites, and buildings.

 

“Skycam Aviation has been at the forefront of transforming manual-labor intensive workflows associated with traditional infrastructure monitoring into highly automated methodologies. Our ability to schedule and operate aircraft with specialized imaging systems onboard has allowed our customers to maintain high value assets at the most economical price points. Our close partnership with Ignitarium has allowed the integration of their advanced AI-driven algorithms into the image acquisition pipeline to deliver world-class solutions for anomaly detection in rail-tracks and other infrastructural assets,” said Skycam CTO, Christopher Dombrowski, who has been working closely with Ignitarium on this.

 

AVerMedia’s EX731-AAH2-2AC0 Box PC equips NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module and 2x 4Kp30 capture cards for analyzing dual 4Kp30 video inputs. It provides 2x M.2 Key M 2280 slots to support 2x AVerMedia’s M.2 capture cards, CN311-H, for capturing 2x 4Kp30 video inputs. These two M.2 slots also support SSD for video recording applications. This Box PC equips a customized chassis with an active cooling system. It is one of the best compact application-ready systems by supporting the NVIDIA Jetson TX2 module to capture dual 4Kp30 video inputs and run your edge computing algorithms for high-end video analysis application markets. AVerMedia gets direct support from NVIDIA and hence is able to offer technical support in 24 hours to make the project successful.

 

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About Ignitarium

Founded in Dec 2012 and headquartered in India with design centres in Bangalore, Kochi and in the US, Ignitarium® is a product engineering design house that combines its deep expertise in AI, imaging and signal processing algorithms with ultra-efficient implementations on Embedded CPU, DSP, FPGA and custom accelerators to realize cost- effective system solutions to solve your most demanding real world use cases. Our deep-tech driven solutions include Vision based Anomaly detection, AI- based video analytics platform for attire detection &surveillance, Real Time Precise Positioning Systems targeted towards Smart Factories, Enterprises and Infrastructures and Audio AI platform. Our TYQ-i™ AI platform includes field proven custom image processing and neural networks, coupled with a robust workflow that allows us to create solutions with greater accuracy and higher performance-power ratio. We have been licensing our AI solutions for use in customer products globally since 2018. Ignitarium is an NVIDIA Preferred Partner for AI SW on Jetson. https://ignitarium.com/vision-intelligence/tyq-i.php

 

About AVerMedia

Established in 1990, AVerMedia® is a multinational company specializing in hardware and software for imaging capturing and video transmission solutions, aiming to enrich entertainment experiences and provide effective communication between people in a wide range of professional fields. With the pursuit of continuous research and development of digital imaging technologies, AVerMedia has become one of the world’s leading digital imaging brands for consumer, corporate and industrial markets. “Embedded Vision Solutions” and “Encode & Stream” solutions are core technologies of AVerMedia. In addition to hardware development, AVerMedia is devoted to the development of proprietary software. Together with outstanding services, AVerMedia is able to offer a total solution that is tailored-made to meet customer needs. AVerMedia has been an NVIDIA Jetson partner since 2018. https://www.avermedia.com/professional/


Rack Selection Criteria Helps Increase Data Center Efficiency

June 29, 2020

BENGALURU, India – June 29, 2020 – Data center industry is evolving, and more research and development is being put to bring forth cutting edge DC technology making data center racks all the while relevant in supporting networking, compute, and storage equipment. Therefore, the selection criteria for data center racks have gained much traction, to help optimize the data center ecosystem.

 

“When choosing racks for your data center, there are many factors to consider. These include specifics about size and load-bearing capacity. Racks are closely tied to the operation of a data center, therefore the selection of the same should be undertaken with utmost prudence. While doing so, understanding the right requirement is essential,” said Mr Ravi Raj, Brand Head, Director – Sales & Support at NetRack.

 

Before a rack is selected, some decision criteria should be considered, such as dimensions, operational design, structural design, material, and colour. Selecting an IT rack is critical to data center availability; however, selecting rack accessories improves operational efficiency. One criterion to pay attention to is the load-bearing capacity of the racks. Each rack will generally come with a static and dynamic load rating. Static load rating measures the rack’s load-bearing capacity when it is installed/stationed at a fixed location, while dynamic load rating measures its load-bearing capacity when it is being moved. NetRack suggests the following criteria to look for during rack selection:

 

Model Static Load On Casters (Kgs) Load Capacity Per U (Kgs) Static Load On Leveller / Plinth (Kgs) Load Capacity Per U (Kgs)
NRS1/42U 350 8 750 18
NRS/42U 750 18 1250 30
NRSe/42U     1500 36

 

Load bearing capacity per U is an important determinant while choosing data center racks. By choosing the right load rating, you can avoid equipment damage and collapse. NetRack recommends the installation of heavier equipment in the bottom. For example, if the weight of the equipment is 240 Kgs and height is 10U then the recommended load-bearing capacity per U is 24Kgs.

 

Another point to consider during rack selection is the types of mounting like Casters/Leveller or Plinth. While selecting the mounting option, one needs to consider that the Leveller transfers Point Load and the Plinth transfers Distributed Load. For example, if we consider the load on a rack as 1,000 Kgs on 4 levellers, the Point Load on leveller will be 250 Kgs and the Point Load on the floor should be 1.5 times of this.

 

Along with the right selection of racks, paying attention to other important folds will help you to have a more competent and economical setup in the long run. For instance, PDU (Power Distribution Units) certified with globally trusted certification bodies like UL will guarantee the quality of a product, which is highly reliable, dependable, safe and ensures no power outrage. Secondly, one must opt standard DC accessories for better Airflow management like Air Seal Kit/Brush Module/Blanking Panel to increase efficiency at reduced operational cost. Ensure your supplier or partner supply the same.

 

To keep up with the growing DC demands NetRack ensures that it follows the globally recognized safety and compliance standards to stay on top. The entire product portfolio can be customized based on customers’ requirements. The product range of NetRack follows all the international guidelines for product manufacturing.

 

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About Us

NetRack Enclosures foresees itself as a single-window solutions provider for all data, network, and server related concerns. NetRack’s products are manufactured in a facility with:

 

  •  ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
  •  IS0 45001:2018 Environment Management System
  •  ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management System

 

Reach us at https://www.netrackindia.com/ | mailto:equiry@netrackindia.com to know more or to get expert advice.


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