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Posted on 30 September 2016 by GÉANT
Keep calm and carry on communicating

Crisis and community: the communications special interest group SIG-Marcomms learns lessons that strengthen research and education networking, as described in this GÉANT community blog post about the group's meeting in Tallinn on 27-29 September.

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Posted on 27 September 2016 by GÉANT
Game-changer for cloud computing: GÉANT ensures easy consumption of IaaS cloud services across European research and education community​

Over the past year, GÉANT has conducted a pan-European tender for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) services: a collective invitation to suppliers to submit a bid to supply their IaaS solutions.

This tender for 36 countries aims to allow research and education institutions to consume the cloud in a safe, easy and predictable way, with services that meet European and national regulations, have attractive pricing, are connected to the community’s networks and identity management capabilities, and can be purchased in a controlled and transparent manner.

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Posted on 27 September 2016 by vietsch-foundation
'Research and Higher Education Technology Fund' kick-started

The Netherlands-based Vietsch Foundation (www.vietsch-foundation.org) makes the first donation to the 'Research and Higher Education Technology Fund'. The new thematic fund is managed by the NLnet foundation, a public benefit organisation established in 1997 with the mission to promote the exchange of electronic information. As a framework for this initiative, the two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding regarding collaboration possibilities.

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Posted on 27 September 2016 by Jisc
Jisc vulnerability assessment and information service open to NRENs

NRENs and their members can now benefit from a new framework agreement Jisc has negotiated with Khipu Networks for vulnerability assessment and information services, through an OJEU competitive tender process. The new service helps detect and manage internal and external vulnerabilities within your IT estate such as Heartbleed and Shellshock, helping you to manage security risks, compliance and quality. Eligibility applies to any NREN and their members that are connected to the Janet network or have GÉANT membership.

See our buyer’s guide for more detailed information.

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Posted on 27 September 2016 by Jisc
Jisc web filtering framework open to NRENs

NRENs and their members can now benefit from a new framework agreement Jisc has negotiated with suppliers for web filtering and monitoring solutions, through an OJEU competitive tender process. Solutions under the agreement can help safeguard vulnerable users from inappropriate or illegal content on the web and protect an organisation’s reputation against possible legal challenges. Eligibility applies to any NREN and their members that are connected to the Janet network or have GÉANT membership. Pricing will depend on which supplier you choose and you can place an order through a mini-competition or directly with the preferred supplier.

See our buyer’s guide for more detailed information.

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Posted on 27 September 2016 by GÉANT
AARC pilot platform approaching take off

Like aircraft queueing on a runway, 11 pilots of authentication and authorisation infrastructure (AAI) components are lining up for their test flights. The AARC (Authentication and Authorisation for Research and Collaboration) project is exploring how well these fit the requirements of research communities and the time will soon be right for those communities to climb on board, explains this blog.

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Posted on 26 September 2016 by SWITCH
SWITCH-CERT: The cybercrime watchdog bites back

This SWITCH story illustrates how cybercrime works and the importance of cooperation across national borders.

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Posted on 26 September 2016 by UNINETT
Nordic clouds are happening

The NORDUnet conference is the Nordic networking meeting place. It brings together the networking community from Nordic universities and NRENs and connects the Nordic, European and global networking communities. In this year’s conference, in Helsinki, one session was devoted to Nordic clouds, with presentations on Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish and Nordic cloud initiatives and services.

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Posted on 26 September 2016 by RIPE NCC
All quiet in the IPv4 internet?

IPv4 exhaustion is on everyone’s lips: four out of five Regional Internet Registries have run out of freely available address space. The number of new allocations has stagnated, address markets have taken off, and address-sharing mechanisms (for example, Carrier-Grade NAT) are on the rise as operators try to squeeze the most out of their IPv4 address space. A RIPE Labs guest post by Philipp Richter asks what is really happening in the IPv4 address space? Measuring address space activity at scale is difficult. There’s really no single vantage point that can capture all the activity.

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Posted on 21 September 2016 by Sigmanet
Cyberchess 2016 - annual conference on cyber security

As part of the European Cyber Security Month in Latvia, the Information Technology Security Incident Response Institution of the Republic of Latvia (CERT.LV) in cooperation with ISACA, Latvia chapter, will organise the IT security conference “Cyberchess 2016”, which will take place in Riga, Latvia on 6 October 2016. The conference will cover topics like quantum computing, privacy, responsible disclosure, ransomware, cybersecurity research and others.

Registration and the full conference programme are available:
https://cert.lv/en/2016/09/registration-is-now-open-for-the-conference-cyberchess-2016

Main conference language is English. Participation is free of charge, registration is open till October 3rd or until fully booked.
All interested are invited to follow video livestreaming here: straume.lmt.lv

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