More than 90% of IT professionals are concerned about the security of data and applications in public cloud deployments, according to a new study commissioned by Ixia and conducted by Dimensional Research.

“As cloud adoption grows, concerns are shifting from migration topics to security and data visibility topics in the cloud environment,” said Jeff Harris, chief marketing officer for Ixia. “Companies realize it is vital to have access to comprehensive cloud visibility solutions. This survey highlights how much enterprises are concerned about data visibility in every public and private cloud they operate.”

The survey of more than 350 IT professionals from companies with more than 1,000 employees found that 88% had experienced a business issue due to lack of visibility into public cloud data traffic. Respondents identified their top three problems due to lack of visibility as issues with troubleshooting app performance, troubleshooting network performance and application outages, and having trouble with rapid response to security alerts and network outages.

Security concerns and the effectiveness of solutions prompted NSS Labs to conduct recent testing of Next Generation Intrusion Prevention Systems, and the organization released some findings from those tests this week. Out of nine products tested, five missed evasions and their overall security effectiveness ranged from 25% to 99.9%, with an average rating of 80%, according to NSS. The total cost of ownership per protected Mbps fell between $4 and $38, and NSS said that most of the tested products cost less than $20 per protected Mbps. 

Meanwhile, Spirent Communications earned global Crest certification for penetration testing. Crest is a U.K.-based, non-profit accreditation and certification body.

In other test news:

-In Japan, DoCoMo and Sumitomo Electric Industries said this week that they’ve been testing real-data data collection and delivery of traffic information via “5G”-connected sensors in vehicles and along a test track  since September 19, according to the two companies. The testing is being conducted at the Yokohama Works location of Sumitomo Electric.

On-site testing of vehicles with a DoCoMo 5G system. (Image courtesy of DoCoMo/Sumitomo)

The testing is being conducted at the Yokohama Works location of Sumitomo Electric. The sensors have been installed in both vehicles and along the test course, and the vehicles have DoCoMo “5G” terminals that communicate with base stations along the course. The testing is focused on enabling the company to “study how to ensure that traffic data is instantaneous and visible and how to make systems as user-friendly as possible to provide vehicles and pedestrians with safe, practical assistance.”

-Despite uncertainty over the future of Dedicated Short-Range Communications for the connected car, Intertek this week launched new automotive DSRC testing and certification services for vehicle manufacturers at its facilities in  Lexington, Kentucky and Plymouth, Michigan.

PCTel reported strong revenue growth during the quarter, bringing in $23.7 million. That reflects an 11% increase from the same period last year, and a boost of 13% from the previous quarter. That growth was driven largely by the company’s radio frequency solutions business, which saw a jump of 16% in revenues from the same time last year. Net income was also up, to $955,000 for the quarter compared to $175,000 in the third quarter of 2016.

Wireless Telecom Group earned revenues of $12.56 million for the most recent quarter, up more than 50% from the same period last year. The company noted that its test and measurement segment revenues (which make up about one-third of its total revenues) were up more than 37% year-over-year to $3.9 million. Net income was $653,000 for the quarter, up from $121,000 during the same period in 2016.

Spirent Communications worked with Guangzhou Research Institute and Huawei in a first-of-its-kind testing to verify 400 Gbps Ethernet short and long-range technologies, with port functions such as line-speed forwarding, multi-service stacking, and fault reporting. The tests were held in a China Telecom lab with test cases based on real-world network applications.

Thread Group said it is seeing “significant progress in market adoption” of its networking protocol for the internet of things. Thread Group said there are eight certified components currently available and that its “certification pipeline is full with devices from across the IoT ecosystem, including a number of end-products slated to be in the market by the end of the year.” The group added that “more than 10” end products are currently in testing and likely to be certified by the end of this year. Wi-Fi home mesh networking company Eero is going after Thread certification for its latest system, Thread Group said.

-Wi-Fi performance management company 7Signal was granted a patent on a testing approach that combines Wi-Fi performance testing with access points. According to the company, in one such configuration, “the access point uses a radio transceiver positioned as a part of the access point for actively measuring application service quality offered by access points in the area. In order to avoid the negative impact on the access point and network performance, the interference between testing and client serving radio transceiver must be minimized. This can be achieved by spacing the measurement antenna and access point antenna apart, using directional antenna patterns or by using proper RF filtering.”

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