Hybrid networks - systems that typically blend traditional Multiprotocol Label Switching (MLPS) networks with managed broadband and WiFi, have emerged as a solution to deliver data where it's needed efficiently and reliably.

Hybrid networks are able to support greater numbers of connected devices and applications, especially at distributed locations, and prevent congestion by increasing the bandwidth available and routing traffic more intelligently and often more cheaply as they piggyback on top of the internet for some applications.

However, there is a price to pay for this increased agility: complexity.

Because it supports a mixture of protocols and connections the hybrid network can require more management - or at least a different sort of management. Perhaps the most important consideration, though, is a rethinking of security.

With increased complexity comes the danger that performance will be affected. Network administrators may be tempted to turn down the security controls in order to reduce the number of user complaints. This can be a big mistake, allowing intruders to sneak in unnoticed.

During this web seminar we will be looking at hybrid networks and alternative approaches and investigating the best way to balance performance and security in a way that can allow digital to become a reality.


Neil Thacker CISSP, CEH & OPST

Deputy CISO, Forcepoint

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Neil holds over 15 years’ experience in the Information Security industry with 10 years financial services experience in the insurance and banking arena. Neil is a member of the ENISA Threat Landscape stakeholder group where he contributes to the EU agency program alongside CERTs to position the threat landscape, offer mitigation advice and threat analysis innovation. Neil is also co-founder of the Security Advisor Alliance, a not-for-profit organisation formed to help security leaders in their role and offer free advice and tools to move towards improved risk and data-centric strategies.

Klaus Majewski

Director, Technology, Network Security

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Klaus Majewski has over 20 years’ experience in the field of network security. During his career Majewski has held senior management roles with IBM, Stonesoft, McAfee and Intel Security. Prior to joining Forcepoint, he was Director of Technology, NGFW Engineering, at Intel Security. Mr. Majewski holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from the Helsinki University of Technology.

Stuart Sumner

Editor, Computing

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Stuart Sumner is Editor at Computing. He also manages the video and opinion sections of the web site. Previously he spent 12 years in the IT industry as a project manager, where he was responsible for the delivery of corporate WAN rollouts for global blue-chip companies. Stuart has also written for Time Out and IPC Media, and writes scripted comedy for TV and radio.

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