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Innovation as a Catalyst in Telecommunications

Innovation—a term often tossed around but rarely dissected for its true impact, especially in the ever-evolving world of telecommunications. At its core, innovation is about breaking new ground; it’s about moving beyond traditional methods to create novel solutions for old problems and to anticipate challenges in an ever-changing industry.

Innovation in telecommunications isn’t just about adopting the latest technology; it’s a mindset. It’s the willingness to challenge the status quo, to rethink processes, and to be open to change. True innovation lies in the ability to blend creativity with practicality to address the industry’s current and future needs.

The telecom industry, characterized by rapid technological advancements and changing consumer behaviors, demands continuous innovation. Stagnation leads to obsolescence. Companies must innovate not only to solve existing problems but also to preemptively tackle potential future challenges. This proactive approach keeps companies ahead of the curve, ensuring that they don’t just survive but thrive.

Network automation emerges as a pivotal tool for innovation in telecommunications. It’s not just about deploying isolated use cases; it’s about equipping teams with a comprehensive suite of tools that foster an environment where the majority of their energy can be focused on creative processes.

The true power of network automation lies in its ability to free up valuable resources. Automating routine and repetitive tasks allows engineers and developers to concentrate on creative problem-solving and innovative thinking. It’s not merely about having technology at one’s disposal; it’s about having the right technology that empowers teams to think beyond day-to-day operations.

Implementing network automation requires more than just technological adoption; it requires a cultural shift. This shift involves embracing a culture of experimentation, where failure is seen as a stepping stone to success and out-of-the-box thinking is encouraged.

Innovation in telecommunications, fueled by network automation, is not a one-time initiative but a continuous journey. It’s about creating an ecosystem that nurtures creativity, encourages experimentation, and continuously pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. As the industry evolves, this approach to innovation will not only solve current problems but also pave the way for future advancements, ensuring that the telecom industry remains at the forefront of technological evolution.

Another crucial aspect of driving innovation in telecommunications is learning from the DevOps movement and open source communities. These domains stand as exemplary models of innovation vehicles. DevOps, with its emphasis on continuous integration, deployment, and collaboration between development and operations teams, provides a blueprint for operational efficiency and agility. This methodology underscores the importance of rapid iteration, feedback, and improvement—principles that are essential for fostering innovation in telecom.

Similarly, open source communities offer invaluable insights into the power of collaboration and shared knowledge. These communities thrive on the principles of openness, transparency, and collective problem-solving, which can significantly accelerate the pace of innovation. By adopting these principles, telecom companies can tap into a vast pool of knowledge and expertise, breaking down silos and fostering a more collaborative and innovative environment. The open source model encourages a culture where ideas are freely exchanged and solutions are developed collaboratively, leading to more robust and creative outcomes.

Incorporating these lessons from DevOps and open source communities into the fabric of network automation and telecommunications can lead to transformative changes. It’s about building a culture that values continuous learning, collaboration, and openness—key ingredients for sustained innovation and progress in the dynamic world of telecom.

Telecommunications plays a role in every major innovation of the 21st century. From driving global connectivity to enabling new technologies, telcos are the backbone of our digital age. The integration of network automation, along with lessons learned from DevOps and open source, will not only reshape telecommunications but pave the way for technological breakthroughs unimaginable today. We are on the verge of unlocking potential that will transform the way we live, work, and connect. Telecommunications is not just an industry; it is the enabler of an unprecedented era of innovation.

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Iquall Networks

Linux Foundation Newsletter: January 2024

Welcome to the Linux Foundation’s January newsletter! In this edition you’ll find new research reports, key LF Project updates, and our first Training & Certification deal of the year. Also, if you missed it, we published our 2023 Annual Report in December, “Rising Tides of Open Source.” We thank you for your continued support of the Linux Foundation and look forward with excitement as we continue our Open Source journey together in 2024.

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Achieving Log Centralization and Analysis with Open Source SIEM and XDR: UTMStack

Log centralization and analysis are crucial for organizations in troubleshooting system errors, identifying cybersecurity threats, and adhering to various regulations such as The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA), Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI), Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), and more. While contemporary SIEM solutions have simplified log management, features like threat intelligence and advanced event correlation are often restricted to paid, closed-code systems. This article will walk you through deploying log collectors, a comprehensive log management solution, and correlation rules using UTMStack, an open source and free SIEM and XDR solution, for effective threat detection, system error identification, and automated remediation.

Technology and Architecture Overview

Deploying UTMStack for log centralization and analysis involves three main components: log collectors aka agents, a central server for log centralization, and correlation rules for detection and incident response.

Agents: These collect logs from systems and execute local and remote incident response commands. Agents can also function as proxies for collecting syslog and netflow logs from network devices.

Central Server: This server stores and correlates logs from various assets like other servers and firewalls to identify potential threats and orchestrates incident responses across the IT ecosystem.

Correlation rules and Incident Response: These detect possible threats to system security and availability by correlating logs from multiple systems with threat intelligence and predefined malicious sequences of behaviors and compromise indicators. Once a correlation rule evaluates a group of logs as potentially malicious, an alert triggers the incident response command.

Deploying the Open Source Security Stack

Log Centralization Server

The log centralization server can be deployed using an ISO image from the utmstack website for simplicity. For advanced installation options, please visit the official GitHub repository https://github.com/utmstack/UTMStack

Here are the instructions for installing without the ISO on Ubuntu Linux 22.04 LTS.

After installation, access the server via a browser using the server’s IP address or DNS name and the random secure password provided by the installer.

Deploying Log Collectors

Navigate to the “Integrations” section and select the appropriate agent for your operating system. Additional integrations can be configured as needed.

Defining Correlation Rules and Incident Response

Correlation rules form the core of a log management system, defining which logs or combinations thereof should trigger an alert or incident. UTMStack uses these rules as a basis for Incident Response playbooks.

Let’s take, for instance, a brute-force attack. This type of cybersecurity threat attempts to guess a user’s password by trying massive random combinations of characters until the correct sequence matches the user’s credentials. These types of attacks usually leave behind a trail of logs that indicate a user has failed to log into a system several times in a short period of time.

You can access the complete list of prebuilt correlation rules and the guide to creating new ones from the official UTMStack repository. For this guide, we’ll create a sample correlation rule to detect brute-force attacks.

UTMStack correlation rules are written in plain YAML and have three main components. Threat documentation that describes the rule, defines a tactic category of attack, severity and name of the rule. The second component is the logic and frequency block, where the rules for triggering this alert are defined. Finally, the alert information block, where the information is extracted from the logs and saved into the alert item.

These YAML rules can be saved as text files and copied into the correlation rules folder via the Web User interface. Any rules uploaded there will be processed by the correlation engine automatically.

All logs the system receives are aggregated and correlated for indicators of compromise (IOCs) using several open threat intelligence feeds. This feature is enabled by default, and there is no need for custom correlation rules or configurations.

Finally, to deploy the incident response playbooks, navigate to the incident response automation section and drop a command to disable future login attempts from the offender host. This can be done by blocking its IP in the firewall or disabling the victim user until further investigation can be done.

UTMStack’s Incident response commands use dynamic variables to handle the execution of commands with different targets. Here are some examples.

Command to block a user:
usermod -L ${source.user}

Command to block an IP
iptables -A INPUT -s ${source.ip} -j DROP


Log centralization and analysis are essential for security, availability, and compliance. Open source tools can deliver advanced flexibility and rich feature sets to meet complex use cases and deliver an enterprise-ready experience. The UTMStack open source project is a powerful SIEM and XDR system that can deliver log management, threat detection and incident response by correlating and aggregating logs in real-time. Advanced features such as IOC detection, threat intelligence, and compliance are built-in features of the security stack.

Join Our Community and Contribute

We’re always looking for passionate individuals to contribute to our project. Whether you’re a developer, security expert, or just enthusiastic about cybersecurity, your input is valuable. Here’s how you can get involved:

GitHub Repository: Visit our GitHub repository to explore our code, submit issues, or contribute enhancements. Your code contributions can help us improve and expand UTMStack’s capabilities.

Discord Channel: Join our Discord community to discuss with fellow contributors, share ideas, and collaborate on projects. It’s a great place to learn from others and contribute your expertise.

Online Chat and Forums: For quick questions or discussions, use the online chat feature on our official website or the forums. It’s a direct line to our team and community for real-time interactions.

Your contributions, big or small, play a crucial part in the development and improvement of UTMStack. Together, we can build a stronger, more secure open-source SIEM & XDR solution. Join us today and help shape the future of cybersecurity!


Rick Valdes
Founder, UTMStack

Linux 6.8 Brings More Sound Hardware Support For Intel & AMD, Including The Steam Deck

Waiting for pulling into the mainline kernel once Linus Torvalds is back online following Portland’s winter storms is the sound subsystem updates for Linux 6.8, which include a lot of new sound hardware support.

Linux sound subsystem maintainer Takashi Iwai at SUSE describes the new sound hardware support for Linux 6.8 as:

“Support for more AMD and Intel systems, NXP i.MX8m MICFIL, Qualcomm SM8250, SM8550, SM8650 and X1E80100”

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OpenTofu is going GA

Today is a big day for OpenTofu! After four months of work, we’re releasing the first stable release of OpenTofu, a community-driven open source fork of Terraform. OpenTofu, a Linux Foundation project, is now production-ready. It’s a drop-in replacement for Terraform, and you can easily migrate to it by following our migration guide.

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Linux Foundation Newsletter: December 2023

Welcome to the Linux Foundation’s December newsletter! In this edition, we cover the many gatherings that took place across the globe, notably at Open Source Summit Japan, AI.dev in San Jose, CA., and for several Linux Foundation project teams, at COP28 in Dubai. This month also saw the publication of our 2023 Annual Report, “Rising Tides of Open Source,” our most comprehensive publication of the year, as well as the launch of the LF Management and Best Practices initiative, new research reports and surveys, and the announcement of new projects.  We’re also excited to share our final Training & Certification deals of the year! 

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Linux 6.8 To Drop The SLAB Allocator, SLUB Optimizations Coming Too

Following the SLOB allocator removal earlier this year, the Linux 6.8 kernel in the new year is now positioned to remove the SLAB allocator. Additionally, the lone good-for-everything SLUB allocator is set to receive further optimizations.

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Critical Bluetooth Flaw Exposes Android, Apple & Linux Devices to Takeover

Attackers can exploit a critical Bluetooth security vulnerability that’s been lurking largely unnoticed for years on macOS, iOS, Android, and Linux device platforms. The keystroke injection vulnerability allows an attacker to control the targeted device as if they were attached by a Bluetooth keyboard, performing various functions remotely depending on the endpoint.

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