Friday, December 18, 2015

Juniper Networks Outsourcing Putting the US Government At Risk Of Hacking.....

Juniper Networks just announced their sh*tty outsourced networks have put the entire United States Government (and lots of big corporations) at risk for hacking. The risk goes back 3 years.
A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government and private companies for the past three years.
The FBI is investigating the breach, which involved hackers installing a back door on computer equipment
The concern, U.S. officials said, is that sophisticated hackers who compromised the equipment could use their access to get into any company or government agency that used it.
One U.S. official described it as akin to "stealing a master key to get into any government building."
This is the same Juniper Networks that was in "Security Week" Magazine 5 years ago bragging about their expansion in India. In the same article Junipers competitor bragged about NOT going overseas. Not trusting overseas.
Coincidentally the competitor is not mentioned putting the United States at risk for hacking. Neat how that works.
Juniper Networks is planning a major expansion to its “India Excellence Center (IEC),” a research and development center in Bangalore, India. The company announced this week that it would add 750 seats and 450 equipment racks at a new site in Bangalore over the next two years. The company currently has 1,800 staff members and 300 development partners working at its existing campus in Bangalore.
While Jupiter Networks has chosen India as a key component of its R&D and support initiatives, competitor Palo Alto Networks has taken the opposite approach and has kept its entire development team in the United States. “We have a strong belief that the synergies of keeping all product groups co-located far outstrip the perceived advantages of moving resources to low-cost locations.
Palo Alto Networks’ entire development team, which numbers approximately 90 engineers, all work together in California.
Nir Zuk, founder and CTO at Palo Alto Networks, has focused on keeping development in the United States from the start. Zuk, who interestingly served as CTO at Jupiter Networks for a short time following the acquisition of NetScreen, in a recent interview with Sramana Mitra, said he wanted to make sure the company would be 100 percent U.S.-based. “It was very important for me that we did not offshore or outsource. We do all our development and manufacturing here. That was important to me for several reasons. I am a U.S. citizen, even though I did not grow up here. I want to support the United States, not India and China,” Zuk told Mitra. “I believe that it is a social responsibility of entrepreneurs who were educated in the United States, or learned how to be entrepreneurs in the United States, to give back to the United States. They should not take their skills to China or India. The second side of that is that I just do not believe in offshoring. In the early days of a company, everybody needs to be in the same building.”
For Juniper Networks, its operations in India are responsible for a full spectrum of activities including hardware and software development, test engineering, field trials, program management, quality assurance, technical documentation and product line management. It also provides 12-hour-a-day global customer support covering all Juniper products and operates a Finance Shared Services Center, which delivers functions to Juniper Finance organizations across the world.
India is known to pump out a mass of software engineers from its universities each year. These software engineers can work cheaply and quickly, but many question the quality
There will always be a debate over the effects offshoring has on the domestic economy and on U.S. jobs, but how does it affect the quality and pace of innovation for technology companies? Does it bring a competitive advantage? Again, Palo Alto Networks doesn’t think so: “Today, our team of about 90 engineers has out-innovated and out-delivered in the network security space and we are convinced that this is in large part due to our belief of having them all work together in California,” said Bonvanie.

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