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About Michelle Kincaid

Michelle Kincaid is the director of communications for Kentik. Previously, she ran a cybersecurity news site in Washington, DC and then moved to San Francisco to run public relations programs for US and EMEA-based cybersecurity startups. In 2015, while serving as a director at global communications agency LEWIS, Michelle met Avi Freedman and the Kentik (then-CloudHelix) team and served as a PR consultant for the company’s launch from stealth. Two years later, Kentik found a permanent place for Michelle on the team and, as they say, the rest is history. When not nerding out to news on hacking and internet outages, you can find Michelle offline and out on the hiking trails.

News in Networking: The Big Misconfig and IoT’s Enterprise Time Bomb

November 10, 2017

Last year it was the Dyn outage. This week, a network misconfiguration at Level 3 caused Comcast, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, RCN and other telecos across the country to feel the effects of the outage. Also this week, findings from a Forrester survey revealed IoT is now an “enterprise security time bomb,” with a huge challenge around being able to identify these types of devices on the network. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Security-Defined Networking, SD-WAN, and Container Strategies

June 7, 2017

The meaning of SDN changed. That is, if you’re working in Cisco’s Security Business. It means “security-defined networking,” which is where they’re focusing. SD-WAN is still hogging the spotlight, but CenturyLink says it’s “no quick fix.” Meanwhile, containers are a big part of AT&T’s network strategy. “Not everything is suited for virtual machines,” said AT&T’s CTO. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: Australia Internet Woes, VMware’s Deal, and NFV at BCE

May 17, 2017

This week we learned Australia invested $36B to modernize broadband. But it’s not working, according to NY Times, which reports on the country’s crawling internet speeds. Also happening this week, VMware swooped up mobile app intelligence startup Apteligent for more analytics capabilities. Meanwhile, over in Austin, the annual BCE is taking place. That’s where BT talked NFV challenges. More after the jump…

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News in Networking: ISPs, NFVs, and a SpaceX-based Internet

May 10, 2017

Following reports of a Russian BGP hijacking last week, in the headlines this week is new research to suggest a similar hijacking incident could take down bitcoin’s ecosystem. Meanwhile, Light Reading is talking network functions virtualization (NFV) and how network operators can face relevant challenges with it. SpaceX also makes our highlights, with news of more than 4,000 internet satellites it plans to launch. Read about these stories and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: Transatlantic Typos, Money in the Cloud, and Pandora's New Visibility

May 3, 2017

Digital transformation is underway. If you don’t believe it, read this week’s WSJ recap of a panel on the topic. You should also check out the earnings reports released this week by the big-three public cloud providers, who all saw spikes. Lastly, watch to Pandora talk about how the music-streaming company is getting better network performance for better customer experience. All that and more after the jump…

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News in Networking: ONUG, Bufferbloat, and DDoSing with IoT

April 26, 2017

Today we’re launching a weekly blog series called “News in Networking.” Tune in each week for a quick roundup of industry news that seems noteworthy to the Kentik team. This week’s highlights include a look at hot topics at the Open Networking User Group (ONUG) Spring 2017 conference, an article on bufferbloat (yes, it’s real) and the causes behind a slow internet, a list of IoT-enabled DDoS attacks that underscore security risks, and more…

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