Compliance is Key to NCCM

compliance-2906633775_72e39f2988_oOne of the main conversations that I have around Network Configuration & Compliance Management (NCCM) and NetMRI is the need to ensure that their networks can be demonstrated to be compliant with regulatory requirements and standards.

Most frequently, the conversation is around the PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), since every vendor who accepts and processes credit card transactions must comply with the current PCI DSS. For Power Generation customers, the conversation is often about compliance with the NERC Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) standard.  For firms that hold or process US Federal Government-related data, often a requirement of doing so is compliance with the current DISA Security Technical Implementation Guide (DISA STIG) for network devices. Expand this post for More » » »

Is your NTP Server Current, and Up-to-Date?

symmetricom-microsemiWe’re reaching out to owners of the SyncServer line of NTP Servers, from Microsemi (formerly Symmetricom).  If someone else is responsible for NTP and Timing within your organization, please share this post.

What’s Happened

Over a year ago, Microsemi issued the product lifecycle bulletin below:

If these products are supporting your production network(s), you may be at risk.

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Visit QualiSystems at CiscoLive! Booth #416

qualisystemsAttending Cisco Live?  Visit QualiSystems at booth #416 to see what’s powering Cisco’s DevNet.

Not attending? Download this brief on How CloudShell powers Cisco DevNet sandbox cloud labs, providing easy self-service to a variety of Cisco products to enable the global Cisco Developer community.

For more on QualiSystems and CloudShell, visit our page on Cloud Sandboxes, or contact Empowered.



SynCan 2017 – Session Notes Available

SynCan 2017, our annual Canadian Synchronization Users’ Meeting, was very well-attended!

SynCan 2017 is the event in Canada to learn more about Sync, and how it impacts the experience delivered to your customers.  Each year, SynCan attracts key representatives from Canada’s leading players in Telecom, Wireless, Cable and Utilities.

This year’s event took place on Wednesday May 17th, 2017, at One King West, in downtown Toronto.

For details, and to register for access to the presentations, visit our SynCan 2017 Overview Page.

Register Now To access the archives for SynCan 2017.

Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock (ePRTC)

Microsemi’s new TimeSource Enhanced Primary Reference Time Clock (ePRTC) solution, based on ITU-T G.8272.1, is a highly accurate, reliable and autonomous source of time, frequency and phase synchronization, regardless of the availability of GNSS.

This brief video discusses the concepts around the PRTC, GNSS Vulnerability, and the benefits of ITU-T G.8272.1, the ePRTC.  It features Greg Wolff of Microsemi, recorded at the ePRTC product launch at the ITSF conference in Prague.

Download Whitepaper on ePRTC as a solution to GNSS Vulnerability

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Updated: TimePictra 10.6

microsemi timepictra screenshotMicrosemi recently released TimePictra 10.6 with complete support for the Integrated GNSS master solutions, known as the IGM 1100 series. The updated software include:

  • IGM Support: Auto discovery, Full FCAPS support, and standalone AGNSS proxy support
  • Auto Creation of Radius Users, using the Radius Microsemi Dictionary
  • Phase (tie) Plots of SSU2000 inputs
  • Security enhancements including customizable password complexity

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Why Compliance Auditing and Reporting demands Automation’re in your regular leadership team meeting when the CIO turns to other business and announces “…and we have our regular annual PCI Audit coming up in three weeks so let’s make sure we’re all ready for it…”

Did the CIO see that involuntary twitch cross your face?

Is that binder of PCI findings from the last audit still sitting on your desk?  Have you closed all the items? Has the virtualization project your team has been working on somehow impacted PCI compliance? When you acquired that competing firm in another part of the country, were they ready for a PCI Audit?

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Application Portfolio Management: Why You Need It

APM Webinar - Register NowDoes your organization want to implement Application Portfolio Management? Are you trying to determine the value in implementing APM? Are you struggling to know what tool you should use and what data is important to collect?

Please join Empowered’s Mark Feher and Rego Consulting’s Jen Scarlato for Application Portfolio Management: Why You Need It, presented live on April 12th at 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT, via BrightTalk and CA.

To register for this CA BrightTalk session, click Register Now and then click “Attend”. You’ll be prompted to Join BrightTalk, or Login to your BrightTalk account.

Register Now To attend live Wednesday April 12th, at 4pm EDT / 1pm PDT

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Think your Configs are Compliant? Think Again


Infoblox recently presented a Webinar, Think Your Configs Are Compliant? Think Again, featuring Dave Signori of Infoblox. Dave discusses the complex compliance landscape including mandatory external regulations like PCI, DISA and others… as well as internal security and operational policies… and the challenge of ensuring that network device configurations stay compliant, over time. Learn how Infoblox NetMRI addresses these challenges, and more.

We’ve captured the highlights in a brief video you shouldn’t miss.

Watch Now To view the webinar highlights
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