Quick history lesson for those not familiar with this telecom buzz word. Dark fiber was a hot topic during the dot-com days of the late 1990’s. Telecoms, railroads and other large utilities planned for growth and increased demand of their optical fiber networks by laying down extra, unlit fiber cables. When the bubble burst and advancements such as Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) allowed carriers to get more out of their existing lit cables, network owners began selling off their unused optical networks – thus the term “dark” fiber.
We are all aware of the slew of network security issues facing organizations today. It seems like every other day there’s a new security breach in the news – take the recent hackers breaking into Sony’s PlayStation site and the Epsilon phishing campaign.
But while things like bots, viruses and hackers are well-known, we are starting to see less obvious risks come up that have a significant impact on an enterprise’s or a school’s information systems.