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David Galton-Fenzi, CEO of Zycko, specialists in advanced networking, and CCO of Nuvias Group (of which Zycko is part), looks towards 2017 and gives his top five networking predictions
Software Defined Networking
The move to-software-defined-everything will continue in 2017, and some of the biggest disruptors in the networking market will be Software Defined Networking (SDN), Software Defined Wide Area Networks (SD-WAN), and Software Defined Datacentre (SDDC).
By abstracting some of the functionality of the network into a software application, SDN allows network administrators to more easily manage dynamic networks. It has the added benefit of being non-proprietary, allowing users to integrate to any environment, offering a more flexible and price-conscious alternative to vendor-specific hardware.
According to research this year by research firm IHS, the datacentre and enterprise SDN market is set to grow more than 15-fold by 2019. The report also forecasts that the market, including equipment such as Ethernet switches and controllers, will increase from $781m last year to a mighty $13bn in 14 years from now.
IHS believes SDN is now at a tipping point, where enterprise lab testing environments will become live production deployments this year and moving ahead into 2017. This matches what we’re seeing, with the emergence of start-ups like Viptela, as well as established networking vendors either acquiring SDN specialists or developing their own solutions. Riverbed, for example, has SteelConnect and Nokia has Nuage.
The way organisations consume IT is changing. In 2016 businesses are less inclined to make the large, upfront investments we’ve seen in the past, something that’s reflected in the increasing popularity of cloud-based services and pay-as-you-grow subscription models.
This applies to networking too, particularly with the growth of software defined datacentres. As mentioned above, customers are starting to opt for open stack, non-proprietary, software-based, cloud-managed solutions, and that involves a move from traditional perpetual licensing to an increasingly popular subscription-based, pay-as-you-go model.
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to make headlines in 2017.
IHS forecasts that the IoT market will grow from an installed base of 15.4bn devices in 2015 to 30.7bn devices in 2020, while Bain predicts that by 2020 annual revenues could exceed $470bn for the IoT vendors selling the hardware, software and solutions.
The increase in devices and the amount of data that they send will place pressure on networks, but more disturbingly, there will be obvious issues around securing both data and devices. In the wake of the recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on popular websites such as Twitter and Spotify using internet-connected home devices, network security will be high on the agenda in 2017.
Feel the speed
The rapid growth of mobile broadband and video is generating tremendous volumes of traffic for backbone networks. This is forcing exponential growth in the bandwidth of the core networks, which are being upgraded from an average of 10GB to 40GB, to 100GB.
This presents its own challenges, as these networks deliver a huge number of data packets per second, not least tracking all that network activity at full line-rate. As such, effective monitoring strategies and real-time troubleshooting will become a concern for businesses in 2017 and beyond.
While mesh networks can still be considered an emerging technology, they really do demonstrate the Holy Grail that is ‘seamless connectivity’.
Mesh networks offer a more secure, stable network connection compared to the current internet network architecture. Distributed nodes “talk” to each other, and compared to today’s internet — which is based on a few centralised access points or internet service providers (ISPs) — the only way to shut down a mesh network is to shut down every single node in the network. This means there’s no single point of failure. The design affords a more robust, predictable network, with service providers better able to establish control.
In addition, mesh networks allow power to be more evenly distributed, increasing network redundancy and lowering any single point of failure.
The argument continues to grow for mesh networks, particularly in cases where internet connectivity is threatened by natural or man-made disaster.
Bio of the author
David Galton-Fenzi served as Sales Director for Zycko, specialists in advanced networking, from September 2001- March 2013, and was appointed CEO in April 2013. Prior to joining Zycko, David held the position of Sales Manager at Comstor Ltd (1994-1999) and was instrumental in the period of rapid growth that saw sales ramp up from $50m to over $500m per annum. As well as being CEO of Zycko, David is also CCO of Nuvias Group, a leading pan-EMEA, high value distribution business, which is redefining international, specialist distribution in IT. Zycko is part of the Nuvias Group.
According to the telecommunications company impacted customers are unable to connect to the Internet; phone and video services that rely on infected modems are inoperable as well. Security experts say Deutsche Telekom will have patched most of the vulnerable routers by Tuesday, but warn millions of other DSL modems could also be vulnerable to this type of attack. Attacks take advantage of a flawed implementation of router maintenance features implemented by two Taiwanese router manufacturers Arcadyan Technology and Zyxel, according Johannes Ullrich, dean of research at the SANS Institute and director of the SANS Internet Storm Center.
Attackers are able to access TCP NTP Port 7547 to execute remote code in affected routers, Ullrich claims. “For the last couple days, attack against port 7547 have increased substantially,” said Ullrich, adding that a successful attack would allow an adversary to do whatever they want with the router. “They could capture your traffic, they could use your router to launch an attack from or they can be used as part of a DDoS attack,” he said. A scan of devices by the Shodan search engine reveals about 41 million routers that leave port 7547 open. Ullrich estimates that only 2 million routers could be vulnerable to attack however. “The code appears to be derived from Mirai with the additional scan for the SOAP vulnerability,” he wrote in a security bulletin. According to security experts, attackers are exploiting a common vulnerability in the TR-069 configuration protocol. Stefan Ortloff, a researcher with Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, explained the vulnerability in a Securelist post on Monday. “A vulnerability in affected routers causes the device to download the binary with file name ‘1’ from http://l.ocalhost[.]host to the /tmp/-directory and executes it.
The IP addresses of this host changed a few times during the day.
Starting from 28th November 2016, 16:36 CET the domains cannot be resolved to domains anymore (‘NXDOMAIN’).” Previously Mirai used approximately 60 default passwords to break into DVRs, webcams and other IoT devices. Now what Mirai attackers have done is added a new vulnerability. Ullrich claims attackers “took the Mirai code and added that new exploit to it so now in addition to being able to scan for weak passwords, Mirai is also able to scan for routers that have this remote code execution vulnerability (TR-069).” The TR-069 (Technical Report 069) refers to the DSL Working Group’s specification used by ISPs to remote administer modems. “The standard was never intended to support remote code execution.
But that’s exactly what attackers are doing,” Ullrich said. Infected routers also exhibit Mirai-like behavior such as deleting itself from filesystems (residing only in memory), resolving to command and control servers (using the DNS 22.214.171.124) and scanning the Internet for open TCP 7547 Ports in order to infect other devices, according to Ortloff. Telecom provider German Telekom has pushed out a fix to impacted routers.
It also recommends, since the infection resides in the router’s memory, power cycling devices to remove the malware. Potentially impacted equipment made by Arcadyan Technology and Zyxel, neither who responded to requests for comment for this story, include Speedport Routers and Zyxel Modems. Ullrich said customers in the UK and Ireland have also reported similar open-port type attacks. “It’s impossible to know the extent of this problem or if attacks will increase.
The good news is fixing this problem is relatively simple,” he said.