The coronavirus crisis is having a major impact on the way universities and colleges are working. In order to allow its students to remotely attend and review lessons, the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) will use a podcast service in the new academic year. The university approached Belnet to implement this service quickly.
Last June, we conducted a survey of our community in order to know their opinion on the modification and / or creation of certain security services and more particularly the Belnet DDoS Mitigation service and the potential future DNS filtering and eduVPN services.
The month of October is traditionally dedicated to cyber security. We would like to draw your attention to 2 interesting initiatives: the European research and education network GÉANT is launching a campaign to raise cyber security awareness within its community and the national awareness campaign will be focusing on two-factor authentication this year.
This month, BNIX (Belgian National Internet eXchange) celebrates its 25th anniversary. BNIX was set up in 1995 by Belnet and started at the time - as the Internet was slowly emerging - with six participants and one Point of Presence. 25 years later, 58 participants are connected to the platform and BNIX has three Points of Presence (Interxion in Zaventem, LCL in Diegem and CenturyLink in Evere).
E-mail security is crucial, given that the vast majority of all malware is installed via e-mail attachments. E-mail is also the most commonly used gateway for ransomware. This is why Belnet decided earlier this year to replace ‘Antispam Pro’ with a more advanced e-mail security platform. To this end, it entered into a partnership with Fortinet, one of the market leaders in the field of security.
Thanks to the technology developed by the Institute of Astronomy and the high-performance Belnet connection, (future) astronomers will be able to continue their research from 3,000 kilometres away during the COVID-19 crisis. Belnet spoke with Prof. Hans Van Winckel, Head of Astronomy at the KU Leuven.