Talksum Announces 2100 Series Data Stream Router Proof-of-Concept Agreement With Aspera, an IBM Company

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San Francisco, CA — May 21, 2014 — Talksum Inc., a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions, today announced a proof-of-concept (POC) agreement with Aspera Inc., an IBM Company and creators of next-generation software technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed, to test the Talksum 2100 Series Data Stream Router for data management, filtering, and contextual routing.

With the unstoppable explosion of Big Data in a world where IT and networking infrastructures are more diverse and flexible than ever, Aspera focuses on supplying innovative data transfer solutions that help organizations operate and collaborate more effectively on a global scale.

Aspera’s patented, highly efficient bulk data transport technology, FASP™ (fast, adaptive, secure protocol), is core to all Aspera high-performance file transfer software. Consistently ranked first in every WAN transfer throughput benchmark it was ever evaluated in, FASP outperforms software and hardware WAN acceleration solutions alike.

The Talksum 2100 Series works with transport technologies such as FASP where it ingests, transforms, filters, data reduces, applies monitors and alerts, aggregates, enriches, analyzes, and contextually routes information in real time to respective data stores for efficient use. Designed to accelerate real-time decisions, the Talksum 2100 Series improves data acquisition and transformation, and converts any type of structured and semi-structured data into flexibly managed event streams, tailored to different types of storage systems and databases, as well as most BI and analytics systems.

“We are thrilled to enter the POC with Aspera, which brings true meaning to high-performance digital transport,” said Alex Varshavsky, founder and CEO of Talksum. “We’re looking forward to showing how the Talksum and Aspera solutions can work together to streamline complex service delivery, boost overall performance, and ultimately increase the returns on investment.”

About Aspera

Aspera, an IBM Company, is the creator of next-generation transport technologies that move the world’s data at maximum speed regardless of file size, transfer distance and network conditions. Based on its patented, Emmy® award-winning FASP™ protocol, Aspera software fully utilizes existing infrastructures to deliver the fastest, most predictable file-transfer experience. Aspera’s core technology delivers unprecedented control over bandwidth, complete security and uncompromising reliability. Organizations across a variety of industries on six continents rely on Aspera software for the business critical transport of their digital assets. Please visit www.asperasoft.com and follow us on Twitter @asperasoft for more information.

About Talksum

Talksum is a leader in high-speed data processing and management solutions whose mission is to develop new ways of processing, routing, and managing Big Data. The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) provides a real-time streaming data solution that is perfect for Big Data initiatives that require massive amounts of data processing. Connect with Talksum via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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U-2 Spy Plane Causes LAX to Shut Down; Could Have Been Avoided

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

A few weeks ago, I was at the San Jose Airport (SJC) waiting for a commuter flight to Los Angeles (LAX) when a voice came over the loud speaker to announce that the flight had been cancelled. Passengers were told to take a shuttle bus to the San Francisco Airport (SFO) and proceed from there. The next day, I searched for reasons why the flight was cancelled and found out that data from a U-2 spy plane’s flight plan “confused software” that helps track and route aircraft around the region.

When that system failed, a backup helped safely guide flights already in the air, but hundreds of flights across the nation headed for Southern California were either cancelled or delayed as the air traffic control facility north of Los Angeles effectively rebooted.

U-2 Spy Plane Causes LAX to Shut Down; Could Have Been AvoidedIn an Associated Press article, it was reported that the spy plane, which was conducting training operations in the area, flies at about 60,000 feet under “visual rules.” According to the FAA, a computer perceived a conflict between the altitude and the use of visual flight rules, and began trying to route the plane to 10,000 feet to avoid flight collisions. The number of adjustments that would need to be made to the routes of other planes throughout the area overwhelmed the software.

When the system went down, air traffic controllers had to manually call their counterparts at other centers to update them on each plane’s flight plan.

The Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) handles cases such as this through its real-time, cross-domain data management function. Not only would the TDSR ingest data, filter it, and route the alerts, in real time, to the various air traffic controllers, it would also reduce the data so as not to overload the system and overwhelm the software and, simultaneously, route the complete data stream to another database for analysis and archiving.

A single TDSR processes millions of complex events per second, in real time, and simplifies the data management process by making it easy to monitor, analyze data, and send alerts in real time while significantly reducing the cost of post-acquisition, ETL integration, and distribution. It is highly configurable without the need for specialized coding to deploy highly specialized solutions such as this. In addition, the Talksum Data Stream Router includes foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control.

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Preventing Target’s Massive Data Breach and the Ousting of CEO Gregg Steinhafel

Alex VarshavskyAlex Varshavsky, CEO, Talksum

Target announced last week that Chairman, President, and CEO Gregg Steinhafel has been ousted nearly five months after the retailer disclosed a massive data breach, which has hurt its reputation among customers and hammered its business. According to an Associated Press (AP) article, “experts say his departure marks the first CEO of a major corporation to resign in the wake of a data breach and underscores how CEOs are now becoming more at risk in an era when such breaches have become common.”

Preventing Target's Massive Data Breach and the Ousting of CEO Gregg SteinhafelThe Talksum Data Stream Router (TDSR) provides a mechanism for protection against security breaches. First of all, security revolves around the continued stability of a system within boundaries. A “security event” occurs when the stability of a boundary has been compromised. Ultimately, you need to know “what changed” and whether the changes were expected or unexpected. This is what the TDSR was built to do.

A couple of questions arise once an unexpected change occurs:

  1. Who is attempting to get unauthorized remote access from where, and how frequently?
  2. Why are login attempts failing on some hosts?
  3. Who is attempting to get unauthorized local (PAM) access from where, and how frequently?

In the first case above, the TDSR first looks at different layers within the data center, for example, the network layer, virtual hosts layer, and applications layer. Then it looks across sources within those layers and applies filters as necessary. For example, if a “filter 0” defines the source as an SSH, then a message is sent to a “filter 1,” which looks for a tag that equals “failed” to alert a failure. In that instance, the user, IP address, and time are immediately sent to the alerting database. In this case, the TDSR can show, in real time, how many IP addresses, for example, tried to attack the system.

In the second scenario, the TDSR looks at the physical host(s) and applications to filter anomalies that cause login attempt failures. If a “filter 0” defines its source as “NSLCD,” then it sends the information to “filter 1” that, upon a “connection_error” tag, writes a detailed message that may include time, the user, the error, the IP address, and so on, to the alerting system.

In the third example, the TDSR looks at the virtual host(s) and virtual applications, the physical host(s), and applications to filter local authentication errors. If a “filter 0” defines its source as “PAM,” then it sends the information to “filter 1” that, upon a “local_auth_error” tag writes a detailed alert that may include time, the user, the error, the IP address, and so on, to the alerting system.

These are just a few of many example security use cases that the TDSR can handle. The Talksum product uses a new approach to break down data silos to provide real-time actionability in response to security, compliancy, and compatibility-related information. In addition, the TDSR includes foundational components for regulatory compliance, government standards, and policy control, so it is easy to keep pace with on-going changes.