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Four billion people today communicate via the Internet, regardless of their location. The technology has not only linked people but also all industries with each other. Space and time are now irrelevant. But what is it like with large volumes of data exchanged locally?

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Xenia Heiden in conversation with Kevin Offranc

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Pia Hurni-Schmid talking with René Mehmann

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Swiss online retailers were hit on March 14, 2016. Popular e-shops including Digitec, LeShop, Coop, Interdiscount and Microspot were cut off from the rest of the world for hours. These retailers had become the victims of a DDoS attack.

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Horrendous invoice due to hacked Wi-Fi,” “Routers being hacked for phone fraud” – these are some of the headlines that can be found in the media about current fraud cases. In Germany, 12,000 cases were reported within a month; in Switzerland, the number of cases is still moderate, but the tendency is rising.

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The unwanted e-mails that land in our mailboxes every day are very annoying. And sometimes downright dangerous. In actual fact, since 2007, it has been forbidden to send mass e-mails without the consent of the recipient. But the senders are often located in foreign countries or the recipients do not fight them. However, there are some measures that can help to keep your inbox (practically) spam free.

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The Swiss ICT market is continuing to grow thanks to investments in the IT segment. It is more optimistic about 2018 than it has been about any other year in the past seven years. The shortage of skilled professionals remains a problem, and the year will face several political challenges.

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High-performance site networking is vital for efficient company communications between branch offices, subsidiaries, and production plants. While the local sites benefit from a well-developed range of services, it was at times difficult to obtain good, low-latency connections in distant countries.

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Cloud computing fulfills an ICT industry promise that goes back decades – to provide services such as software, infrastructure, and development environments at the press of a button. The advantages are obvious. Standardized infrastructures can be economically purchased from the service provider – as required and within a few minutes. Customers no longer have to invest in their own data centers and own IT systems.

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Requirements regarding the security and availability of data are constantly increasing. Contractual obligations, business processes, and regulatory requirements force companies to take measures to prevent data loss. Are systems infected with viruses or malware, has a system failed, or was a data record simply deleted? In all cases, a backup concept must ensure that it is possible to quickly restore the data.

 

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