We discuss the following topics in this blog:
- Has Digitisation Compromised Our Privacy?
- Cyber-Secure Ecosystem.
- An optimal cyber security framework.
In addition to these topics, we shall also be answering the following FAQs:
- What is WiFi?
- What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
Has Digitisation Compromised Our Privacy?
In today’s age of digitisation, we are constantly making our personal information public via various organisations and entities. Every individual today:
- Has a smartphone or some kind of smart device
- Is connected to an array of social media platforms
- Uses one or the other streaming platforms
- Has a bank account
- Is registered with cab service providers, shopping platform, etc.
If you have ticked even one of the above points, your information is much more public than you ever thought.
Now let’s think about this from a broader perspective. Hundreds of companies have your personal details and advanced digitisation technologies like Internet of Things (IoT), Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are constantly monitoring your buying pattern, shopping patterns, television watching pattern to understand you better. So, is your data safe?
Today, technology plays a profound role in shaping individuals, governments and businesses. But the same technology leaves our personal database to cyber security risks.
World Economic Forum in its Global Risk Report 2019 ranked massive data fraud and theft at number four and cyberattacks at number five in its list of global threats.
An organisation’s data is constantly under the cyber threat of ransomware, end-point attacks, phishing, and the latest – form jacking. On the other hand, while organisations are increasingly using ML and AI predictive analysis, hackers are using them to enhance the sophistication of their attacks. Targeted attack groups are increasingly focusing on IoT-based ecosystem as a soft entry point, to destroy or wipe a device, steal credentials and data, and intercept organisations’ classified communications.
How to Create a Cyber-Secure Ecosystem?
Smart technologies and connected operations are making enterprises more vulnerable to cyber attacks. We cannot stop technological advancements fearing cyber threats. Cyber criminals are getting more ambitious and are constantly evolving hacking techniques.
There is only one way forward. Organisations need to keep their guards up and respond to such attacks by being one step ahead of the game. The key to building a secure organisational architecture is to build an ecosystem of cyber security solutions that best fits your organisational security needs.
An optimal cyber security framework should be built on an ecosystem that can:
1. Identify the modus operandi of cyber threats even before they occur
STL’s analytics-based system churns out actionable insights of over 20 trillion records per hour. Its ML and AI-based architecture auto tracks patterns to identify probable threats.
2. Protect critical infrastructure services
To provide optimal cyber security, STL has created multi-layered security solution to secure every possible vulnerable point.
3. Detect the occurrence of cyber threat event
STL creates an ecosystem of cyber security network not just within its own environment but also within the vendor’s and customer’s environment so as to immediately detect the exact entry point.
4. Respond on time
STL’s future-proof platform with cloud-ready solution implements required actions during a cyber security event to terminate the proliferation of the threat into the system.
5. Recover lost data
STL’s services eliminate data loss while restoring any capabilities or services that were impaired during a cyber security event.
STL creates a holistic cyber security solution to provide unprecedented protection from any kind of cyber breaches.
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What is WiFi?
Put simply, WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to create a wireless network through which devices like mobile phones, computers, printers, etc., connect to the internet. A wireless router is needed to establish a WiFi hotspot that people in its vicinity may use to access internet services. You’re sure to have encountered such a WiFi hotspot in houses, offices, restaurants, etc.
To get a little more technical, WiFi works by enabling a Wireless Local Area Network or WLAN that allows devices connected to it to exchange signals with the internet via a router. The frequencies of these signals are either 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz bandwidths. These frequencies are much higher than those transmitted to or by radios, mobile phones, and televisions since WiFi signals need to carry significantly higher amounts of data. The networking standards are variants of 802.11, of which there are several (802.11a, 802.11b, 801.11g, etc.).
What is an Optical Fibre Cable?
An optical fibre cable is a cable type that has a few to hundreds of optical fibres bundled together within a protective plastic coating. They help carry digital data in the form of light pulses across large distances at faster speeds. For this, they need to be installed or deployed either underground or aerially. Standalone fibres cannot be buried or hanged so fibres are bunched together as cables for the transmission of data.
This is done to protect the fibre from stress, moisture, temperature changes and other externalities. There are three main components of a optical fibre cable, core (It carries the light and is made of pure silicon dioxide (SiO2) with dopants such as germania, phosphorous pentoxide, or alumina to raise the refractive index; Typical glass cores range from as small as 3.7um up to 200um), Cladding (Cladding surrounds the core and has a lower refractive index than the core, it is also made from the same material as the core; 1% refractive index difference is maintained between the core and cladding; Two commonly used diameters are 125µm and 140µm) and Coating (Protective layer that absorbs shocks, physical damage and moisture; The outside diameter of the coating is typically either 250µm or 500µm; Commonly used material for coatings are acrylate,Silicone, carbon, and polyimide).
An optical fibre cable is made up of the following components: Optical fibres – ranging from one to many. Buffer tubes (with different settings), for protection and cushioning of the fibre. Water protection in the tubes – wet or dry. A central strength member (CSM) is the backbone of all cables. Armoured tapes for stranding to bunch the buffer tubes and strength members together. Sheathing or final covering to provide further protection.
The five main reasons that make this technology innovation disruptive are fast communication speed, infinite bandwidth & capacity, low interference, high tensile strength and secure communication. The major usescases of optical fibre cables include intenet connectivity, computer networking, surgery & dentistry, automotive industry, telephony, lighting & decorations, mechanical inspections, cable television, military applications and space.