Security Rant: Phishing Prevention and Mitigation

I think there are 3 parts to phishing defense. 1. Investigation You have to gather statistics on the current state of the environment. Should the customer even invest in training or tools to prevent links from being clicked?  They won’t know until they run a campaign to find out how many users fall prey to … Continue Reading

5 Things Every Network Needs

Run a service provider network, enterprise, commercial, health, financial, or retail network?  Run any sort of network? Well then, here are 5 things your network NEEDS today! Redundancy Security Capacity Management Logging (SIEM) Application/Customer/Endpoint Visibility  Redundancy Have you ever owned a computer that didn’t blue screen or give you the spinning beach ball of death? … Continue Reading

Network Diagrams…. You NEED them!

There is so much truth in the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Pictures matter, especially in the technical field! I majored in Computer Science in college.  These days, “Computer Science” should be called “Computer Programming”.  They taught the OSI model from layer 1 to layer 7, but the majority of the time was spent on application … Continue Reading

What is a Network? #NYTechDay

I spent a few hours at a trade/tech show yesterday in NYC.  My company sponsored a portion of the show and wanted to show off their shiny new network architect in their booth, so I sat down and prepared myself for the deluge of questions. I’m not sure what I was expecting.  Maybe a little … Continue Reading

It’s not 4G… #ATTsucks

EVERYONE!!! HSPA+ is not 4G! AT&T does not have the nation’s largest 4G network!!! AT&T doesn’t have 2000 more cities than Verizon 4G. They both have around the same number of “evolved 3G” cities. Don’t believe the lies!!! There’s a reason why Sprint CEO called AT&T’s technology “faux G” and not 4G. 4G is the … Continue Reading

Why benboyd.infos?

Basically, it’s a combination of two things I like.  Frank Sinatra and networks.  I guess I could have named it Sinatra Outdoors Guitar Mac Networks. 🙂 My wife and I love the jazzy, classical, swing-type music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s exemplified by Frank. Combine that with my passion for network security, engineering, and … Continue Reading

Yet Another Definition of QoS

In today’s modern networks, subscribers of certain services (e.g. VoIP and/or video) demand that their services are always available and also have an acceptable quality.   In order to ensure that availability and quality, it is first necessary to group traffic into classes where traffic in a single class requires the same treatment, and then … Continue Reading

Yet another Definition of MPLS

MPLS is a highly scalable, protocol agnostic, data-carrying mechanism. In an MPLS network, data packets are assigned labels. Packet-forwarding decisions are made solely on the contents of this label, without the need to examine the packet itself. This allows one to create end-to-end circuits across any type of transport medium, using any protocol. The primary … Continue Reading

Juniper SRX Troubleshooting Library

After extensive and exhaustive troubleshooting of Juniper SRX’s and realizing there really isn’t a comprehensive “go to manual” for command information, I decided to create one!   Click Here to Download the SRX Troubleshooting Command Library.v3