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Statement

Update on Impact of Port Hills Fire

STATEMENT BY KORDIA GROUP CEO SCOTT BARTLETT: UPDATE ON IMPACT OF PORT HILLS FIRE 16th February 2017, 3.30pm

IoT

The Internet of Crazy Things

IoT or the “Internet of Things” is expected to grow to around 50 Billion connected devices by 2020, if you’re anything like me you scratch your head and wonder; how, or even why?

Cyber Security

More Speakers Revealed for 31c0n

Five more speakers have been added to the line-up for 31c0n, New Zealand’s newest cyber security conference taking place in Auckland, New Zealand, in February 2017.

Cyber Security

More cyber security experts confirmed for 31c0n

The speaker line-up for New Zealand’s newest cyber security conference, 31c0n, has grown with three additional international experts confirmed to present at the event in February 2017.

Cloud Computing

Disaster Recovery in The Cloud

With businesses becoming increasingly reliant on computer systems, Aura Information Security's Sai Honig looks at Disaster Recovery in the Cloud.

Cyber Security

Aura announces 31c0n cyber security conference

With information security topping the ‘key concern’ list for many businesses, the introduction of a new cyber security conference is giving local organisations an ideal opportunity to take charge of their data assets.

UFB

Is your router a bandwidth bottle neck?

Thanks to faster access options, the capability of your UFB connection may in fact exceed the performance capability of your router. Kordia head of product Murray Goodman discusses why.

Cloud

Should I use the Internet to access my private cloud?

There are two main methods to get your private data to the cloud - but which is the best for your business? Regan Hughes weighs up the options.

The Internet of Things

100bps to 100Gig in one day

Today, I found myself pondering what a diverse and exciting telecommunications industry I work in. Just this morning I was discussing with colleagues what a game changer Kordia’s new 100G North Island DWDM fibre network is. This very same afternoon I found myself using similar words to describe to a customer the new Internet of Things (IoT) network Kordia is deploying with Thinxtra and Sigfox. The difference being this network operates using a per message payload of just 12Bytes over a 100kbps connection.

Cyber Security

Can you see into your cloud?

In real estate, the most important word is “location”. When it comes to cloud technologies, perhaps the most important word is “visibility”. You cannot protect what you cannot see and in the case of cloud, visibility is often (for lack of a better word) – “cloudy”.

Media alert

Kordia: North Island Fibre Network 100GB-Ready

Business-focused telecommunications service provider Kordia today confirmed its North Island fibre backhaul network, for which a multimillion dollar deployment was completed just last month, is now 100GB customer ready.

Cyber Security

12 weeks until Christmas – is your business secure?

Spring has only just arrived but the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. As we head into the holiday season, thousands of consumers will be turning to online stores to purchase gifts for their friends and family.

Security

BYOD Security Stakes Raised

For some it’s a passion. For others, the smartphone has become the base of operations for their working lives. As the modern professional becomes less tied to one location by technological limitations, the possibilities of working remotely are being embraced by more industries and professions.

Cloud Security

People, Process and Technology in Cloud Security

Using the cloud to transform technology is fairly easy. Transforming people and process is not so straightforward. Sai Honig, Senior Security Consultant at Aura InfoSec has her say.

Fibre Network Future Proofed

Kordia Future-Proofs Core North Island Fibre Network

Kordia has announced the completion of a major upgrade to its North Island fibre backhaul networks, dramatically increasing its carrying capacity.

Results announcement

Kordia Group Delivers Bumper $12.3m Profit

Kordia Group has reported a 2016 net profit after tax of $12.3m, exceeding its target by $5.6m (85 per cent) and achieving a 33 per cent increase over the preceding year’s $9.2m.

Media Release

Scott Bartlett appointed Group CEO at Kordia

The Board of Kordia Group has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Scott Bartlett as Group CEO. Since 2013, Scott has served as CEO of the New Zealand operations and in his new role assumes responsibility for Kordia’s Australian operations too.

Media Release

Kordia and Thinxtra Internet of Things network passes half-way mark

Business-focused service provider Kordia together with partner Thinxtra says the deployment of a dedicated new Internet of Things (IoT) network, being established nationwide, has officially passed the halfway mark.

Cyber-security

Security blogs you should be reading

With so much at stake in regard to cyber security, information security professionals have a lot to keep on top of.

Media Release

Kordia new MSSP for AlienVault

Kordia New Zealand to integrate AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform.

UFB

The market conditions needed for Telco investment and innovation

What market conditions are required for optimum investment and innovation in the Telco sector? Is investment in the sector about to stagnate?

Cyber security

The rise of crypto-locker malware

Information is valuable, they say. How valuable? Victims of crypto-locker attacks tend to find out in the most unpleasant way possible.

Media Release

New Kordia partnership moves IoT from ‘talk’ to ‘action’

Data

Data centres under the sea

For an increasing number of businesses data is king. Everyone wants to know that their data is secure, safely stored and accessible.

Service

Eating your own dog food

Eating your own dog food; sipping the company champagne; or eating our own caviar as I prefer, are all terms used to describe a company using its own services to test and promote their products.

Technology

First world tech problems . . . .

I spent Christmas at my parents place in Nelson this year. This simple family holiday away highlighted to me a bunch of first world technology related issues that made me yearn for the simpler life.

Cyber-security

Easiest way to set up two factor auth

Last week I posted about how important two factor authorisation (2FA) is for any account you use for either personal or professional reasons.

Cyber-security

Something you know and something you have

Security blogger Brian Krebs wrote recently about how his PayPal account was hacked by cybercriminals through PayPal's outdated authentication processes.

Internet

How many Christmas cards do you have?

I was looking at the number of Christmas cards on the side table at my home. In past years there would be numerous cards from friends and family, quite a number from people I only hear from at Christmas. This year, like recent years there are relatively few. I am pretty sure I have a similar amount of friends and relatives that I had a few years ago and given I don’t think I have sent a single Christmas card this year, I am pretty sure this phenomenon is happening to many of us.

Cloud Computing

It’s my data, can I have it now?

There were numerous reports last week that Microsoft Office 365 had an outage impacting users around Europe and the UK.

Media Release

Kordia addresses ‘Bandwidth Tsunami’ with multimillion dollar optical network investment

Kordia has made a multimillion dollar investment in a fibre optic backhaul network which meets the needs of business today and into the future.

Media Release

Kordia acquires Aura Information Security; NZ’s leading cyber-security firm

Media Release

Kordia Group Pays Special Dividend

Internet

The Internet of What ?

We are on the cusp of a network revolution. The industry magazines are full of articles about it. The growth is going to be phenomenal; it’s going to change our lives. Companies that ride the wave of this are going to make millions. It will be a 15 trillion dollar business within 20 years. John Chambers from Cisco said “that it will be five to ten times more impactful than the internet has been to date.” Sounds fantastic, what is it and how do I buy some shares? But, if it’s going to be that big; how come none of my friends have heard about it?

Cyber Crime

Cyber crime by the numbers

I’ve spent what feels like the majority of my life at work recently researching and reviewing cyber security reports and opinion pieces (at home I’ve been binge watching Mr Robot, the best on screen depiction of hacking ever done).

Cyber Security

If you don’t care about your cyber security – someone else will

Throughout my career in the IT industry I’ve built and enhanced a number of different products, services and programs. And the key thing I’ve noticed is that most - though not all - programs tend to follow an evolution. This evolution usually involves four main stages: conception, implementation, operation and enhancement, and lastly stagnation.

Internet

The Spinning Wheel of Death

This week a number of factors caused me to think about our move online, the benefits and the risks, both at home and in the office.

Cloud Computing

SLA’s – where the rubber meets the Cloud

I have read a number of local articles in the past few weeks talking about the benefits of moving applications such as PBX, Business Applications and Storage to the Cloud. I’m not going to debate the benefits of moving certain applications and functions into the Cloud; it’s the way the world is moving. I do however have an issue with the way in many cases the network implications of doing this are glossed over.

Cloud Backup

A Better solution for your Business

With the recent news of Sony’s corporate data being hacked and stolen and various other hacking scandals through 2014 you may be wondering, “Is my data safe and Secure?” But beyond that, there’s another question to ask yourself: “If I were to lose my data, how would I get it back?”

UFB

The need for speed

UFB has delivered a step change in network speeds for New Zealand users. I am puzzled by commentators who I hear questioning the need and benefit of speeds like 100Mbps.

WiFi

Wifi empowered business

Can you make money if you give something away for free? The rapid adoption of mobile devices and the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend has driven businesses to look at how best they can meet the needs of both their customers and staff in this environment.

Smart Devices

The minefield of BYOD

The consumerisation of IT has led to increased use of personal devices in the workplace. The proliferation of these devices is fuelled by tech-savvy workers and younger generations entering the workforce. This can be a minefield for businesses and opinion is split on the benefit of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with many companies struggling to manage the complex issues that this brings.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing performance boost for Kordia customers

Kordia New Zealand today announced the availability of the AWS Direct Connect service, addressing growing demand for cloud computing facilities and hosted business applications for their New Zealand customers.

Software

5 ways Evernote can change the way you work

I’ve been toying with Evernote (tagline ‘Remember Everything') for 3 years as a place to store a few notes. After reading Getting Things Done I’ve found that it’s a lot more useful than a simple note capturer – I’ve even spent hard cash upgrading from the free license to premium to enjoy the benefits of speedy searching through pictures and PDFs. Here are 5 ways it could change the way you work.

Productivity

Getting things done – Remember the Milk

My last blog was about Getting Things Done (GTD), in this post, I plan to outline the core of my implementation of GTD. This central nervous system is a piece of software called Remember the Milk (RTM) – which is essentially a simple and elegant list management tool.

Software

5 ways that Lync makes ‘work anywhere’ a reality

Just as the iPhone finally provided a phone that could do pretty much everything I wanted it to do, Lync has provided a tool that has allowed me to genuinely work anywhere in a way that is seamless to the rest of the business. Working anywhere has a number of benefits, including being able to spend time out of the office occasionally to focus on a specific project as well as being able to stay involved in important issues and meetings while on the road.

Fibre

UFB at home: The Speed Trap

I recently talked about my experience of getting a UFB service at home. It generated a bit of interest and debate, mainly around why I was only getting 18Mbps download on a 30Mbps fibre service. I even got a call from Crown Fibre Holdings asking what was going on.

Internet

Why more bandwidth isn’t always the answer

It’s the age-old solution to a never-ending problem. As the bandwidth of the network is limited it slows almost to a grinding halt, the shout goes out –“increase the bandwidth”. But this is simply sticking a plaster over a festering wound that just refuses to heal.

VoIP

The business standard, not a future technology

Voice over IP or VoIP has had a bit of a bad rap. Firstly people use terms like IP Telephony, VoIP and Voice over the Internet interchangeably. In my mind there are distinct differences.

Statement

Update on Impact of Port Hills Fire

STATEMENT BY KORDIA GROUP CEO SCOTT BARTLETT: UPDATE ON IMPACT OF PORT HILLS FIRE 16th February 2017, 3.30pm

UFB

Is your router a bandwidth bottle neck?

Thanks to faster access options, the capability of your UFB connection may in fact exceed the performance capability of your router. Kordia head of product Murray Goodman discusses why.

Cloud

Should I use the Internet to access my private cloud?

There are two main methods to get your private data to the cloud - but which is the best for your business? Regan Hughes weighs up the options.

The Internet of Things

100bps to 100Gig in one day

Today, I found myself pondering what a diverse and exciting telecommunications industry I work in. Just this morning I was discussing with colleagues what a game changer Kordia’s new 100G North Island DWDM fibre network is. This very same afternoon I found myself using similar words to describe to a customer the new Internet of Things (IoT) network Kordia is deploying with Thinxtra and Sigfox. The difference being this network operates using a per message payload of just 12Bytes over a 100kbps connection.

Cyber Security

Can you see into your cloud?

In real estate, the most important word is “location”. When it comes to cloud technologies, perhaps the most important word is “visibility”. You cannot protect what you cannot see and in the case of cloud, visibility is often (for lack of a better word) – “cloudy”.

Media alert

Kordia: North Island Fibre Network 100GB-Ready

Business-focused telecommunications service provider Kordia today confirmed its North Island fibre backhaul network, for which a multimillion dollar deployment was completed just last month, is now 100GB customer ready.

Cyber Security

12 weeks until Christmas – is your business secure?

Spring has only just arrived but the countdown to Christmas is well and truly on. As we head into the holiday season, thousands of consumers will be turning to online stores to purchase gifts for their friends and family.

Security

BYOD Security Stakes Raised

For some it’s a passion. For others, the smartphone has become the base of operations for their working lives. As the modern professional becomes less tied to one location by technological limitations, the possibilities of working remotely are being embraced by more industries and professions.

Cloud Security

People, Process and Technology in Cloud Security

Using the cloud to transform technology is fairly easy. Transforming people and process is not so straightforward. Sai Honig, Senior Security Consultant at Aura InfoSec has her say.

Fibre Network Future Proofed

Kordia Future-Proofs Core North Island Fibre Network

Kordia has announced the completion of a major upgrade to its North Island fibre backhaul networks, dramatically increasing its carrying capacity.

Results announcement

Kordia Group Delivers Bumper $12.3m Profit

Kordia Group has reported a 2016 net profit after tax of $12.3m, exceeding its target by $5.6m (85 per cent) and achieving a 33 per cent increase over the preceding year’s $9.2m.

Media Release

Scott Bartlett appointed Group CEO at Kordia

The Board of Kordia Group has pleasure in announcing the appointment of Scott Bartlett as Group CEO. Since 2013, Scott has served as CEO of the New Zealand operations and in his new role assumes responsibility for Kordia’s Australian operations too.

Media Release

Kordia and Thinxtra Internet of Things network passes half-way mark

Business-focused service provider Kordia together with partner Thinxtra says the deployment of a dedicated new Internet of Things (IoT) network, being established nationwide, has officially passed the halfway mark.

Cyber-security

Security blogs you should be reading

With so much at stake in regard to cyber security, information security professionals have a lot to keep on top of.

Media Release

Kordia new MSSP for AlienVault

Kordia New Zealand to integrate AlienVault Unified Security Management (USM) platform.

UFB

The market conditions needed for Telco investment and innovation

What market conditions are required for optimum investment and innovation in the Telco sector? Is investment in the sector about to stagnate?

Cyber security

The rise of crypto-locker malware

Information is valuable, they say. How valuable? Victims of crypto-locker attacks tend to find out in the most unpleasant way possible.

Media Release

New Kordia partnership moves IoT from ‘talk’ to ‘action’

Data

Data centres under the sea

For an increasing number of businesses data is king. Everyone wants to know that their data is secure, safely stored and accessible.

Service

Eating your own dog food

Eating your own dog food; sipping the company champagne; or eating our own caviar as I prefer, are all terms used to describe a company using its own services to test and promote their products.

Technology

First world tech problems . . . .

I spent Christmas at my parents place in Nelson this year. This simple family holiday away highlighted to me a bunch of first world technology related issues that made me yearn for the simpler life.

Cyber-security

Easiest way to set up two factor auth

Last week I posted about how important two factor authorisation (2FA) is for any account you use for either personal or professional reasons.

Cyber-security

Something you know and something you have

Security blogger Brian Krebs wrote recently about how his PayPal account was hacked by cybercriminals through PayPal's outdated authentication processes.

Internet

How many Christmas cards do you have?

I was looking at the number of Christmas cards on the side table at my home. In past years there would be numerous cards from friends and family, quite a number from people I only hear from at Christmas. This year, like recent years there are relatively few. I am pretty sure I have a similar amount of friends and relatives that I had a few years ago and given I don’t think I have sent a single Christmas card this year, I am pretty sure this phenomenon is happening to many of us.

Cloud Computing

It’s my data, can I have it now?

There were numerous reports last week that Microsoft Office 365 had an outage impacting users around Europe and the UK.

Media Release

Kordia addresses ‘Bandwidth Tsunami’ with multimillion dollar optical network investment

Kordia has made a multimillion dollar investment in a fibre optic backhaul network which meets the needs of business today and into the future.

Media Release

Kordia acquires Aura Information Security; NZ’s leading cyber-security firm

Media Release

Kordia Group Pays Special Dividend

Internet

The Internet of What ?

We are on the cusp of a network revolution. The industry magazines are full of articles about it. The growth is going to be phenomenal; it’s going to change our lives. Companies that ride the wave of this are going to make millions. It will be a 15 trillion dollar business within 20 years. John Chambers from Cisco said “that it will be five to ten times more impactful than the internet has been to date.” Sounds fantastic, what is it and how do I buy some shares? But, if it’s going to be that big; how come none of my friends have heard about it?

Cyber Crime

Cyber crime by the numbers

I’ve spent what feels like the majority of my life at work recently researching and reviewing cyber security reports and opinion pieces (at home I’ve been binge watching Mr Robot, the best on screen depiction of hacking ever done).

Cyber Security

If you don’t care about your cyber security – someone else will

Throughout my career in the IT industry I’ve built and enhanced a number of different products, services and programs. And the key thing I’ve noticed is that most - though not all - programs tend to follow an evolution. This evolution usually involves four main stages: conception, implementation, operation and enhancement, and lastly stagnation.

Internet

The Spinning Wheel of Death

This week a number of factors caused me to think about our move online, the benefits and the risks, both at home and in the office.

Cloud Computing

SLA’s – where the rubber meets the Cloud

I have read a number of local articles in the past few weeks talking about the benefits of moving applications such as PBX, Business Applications and Storage to the Cloud. I’m not going to debate the benefits of moving certain applications and functions into the Cloud; it’s the way the world is moving. I do however have an issue with the way in many cases the network implications of doing this are glossed over.

Cloud Backup

A Better solution for your Business

With the recent news of Sony’s corporate data being hacked and stolen and various other hacking scandals through 2014 you may be wondering, “Is my data safe and Secure?” But beyond that, there’s another question to ask yourself: “If I were to lose my data, how would I get it back?”

UFB

The need for speed

UFB has delivered a step change in network speeds for New Zealand users. I am puzzled by commentators who I hear questioning the need and benefit of speeds like 100Mbps.

WiFi

Wifi empowered business

Can you make money if you give something away for free? The rapid adoption of mobile devices and the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend has driven businesses to look at how best they can meet the needs of both their customers and staff in this environment.

Smart Devices

The minefield of BYOD

The consumerisation of IT has led to increased use of personal devices in the workplace. The proliferation of these devices is fuelled by tech-savvy workers and younger generations entering the workforce. This can be a minefield for businesses and opinion is split on the benefit of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) with many companies struggling to manage the complex issues that this brings.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing performance boost for Kordia customers

Kordia New Zealand today announced the availability of the AWS Direct Connect service, addressing growing demand for cloud computing facilities and hosted business applications for their New Zealand customers.

Software

5 ways Evernote can change the way you work

I’ve been toying with Evernote (tagline ‘Remember Everything') for 3 years as a place to store a few notes. After reading Getting Things Done I’ve found that it’s a lot more useful than a simple note capturer – I’ve even spent hard cash upgrading from the free license to premium to enjoy the benefits of speedy searching through pictures and PDFs. Here are 5 ways it could change the way you work.

Productivity

Getting things done – Remember the Milk

My last blog was about Getting Things Done (GTD), in this post, I plan to outline the core of my implementation of GTD. This central nervous system is a piece of software called Remember the Milk (RTM) – which is essentially a simple and elegant list management tool.

Software

5 ways that Lync makes ‘work anywhere’ a reality

Just as the iPhone finally provided a phone that could do pretty much everything I wanted it to do, Lync has provided a tool that has allowed me to genuinely work anywhere in a way that is seamless to the rest of the business. Working anywhere has a number of benefits, including being able to spend time out of the office occasionally to focus on a specific project as well as being able to stay involved in important issues and meetings while on the road.

Fibre

UFB at home: The Speed Trap

I recently talked about my experience of getting a UFB service at home. It generated a bit of interest and debate, mainly around why I was only getting 18Mbps download on a 30Mbps fibre service. I even got a call from Crown Fibre Holdings asking what was going on.

Internet

Why more bandwidth isn’t always the answer

It’s the age-old solution to a never-ending problem. As the bandwidth of the network is limited it slows almost to a grinding halt, the shout goes out –“increase the bandwidth”. But this is simply sticking a plaster over a festering wound that just refuses to heal.

VoIP

The business standard, not a future technology

Voice over IP or VoIP has had a bit of a bad rap. Firstly people use terms like IP Telephony, VoIP and Voice over the Internet interchangeably. In my mind there are distinct differences.