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Olympics could strain enterprise networks - ComputerWorld

Author(s): Jon Oltsik

Published: July 26, 2012

What does all this mean for the enterprise? Be prepared, says Jon Olstik, senior principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. If a dozen or 20 workers in an enterprise are all streaming a U.S. basketball team game or watching Michael Phelps swim at the same time, "that will consume a tremendous amount of bandwidth." The issue could be exacerbated by the prime-time events in London, because of the time-zone change, occurring during the middle of the U.S. work day, he notes.

There are remedies enterprises can take though. Firewall tools, network caching and edge routers each have varying degrees of sophistication for setting network protocols and throttling limits. Basic features allow for a certain protocols, such as Flash video players to be limited, while more sophisticated systems can target specific URLs or locations. Olstik says network admins should be careful to not block all video traffic for legitimate uses. "You still need to get business done," he says.

Perhaps an even bigger issue, he says, is around cyber security. Hackers attempt to use any sort of major event as leverage to launch cybercrimes, including phishing scams or search engine fabrications. In his blog on Network World, Olstik referenced a report from the Department of Homeland Security, which warns of malware and phishing scams that could pop up during the next two weeks. For example, a hacker can manipulate search engine optimization technologies, the report says, to promote malicious sites that may appear to be legitimate Olympic-related coverage. The best defense for this, Olstik says is ongoing education of employees to keep them aware of cyber security threats.

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