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Network Attacks: The Who, What, Where and Why

As security practitioners, we generally see three types of perpetrators with different motives:

  • Financial
  • Political
  • General trouble-making

Each of these attackers can display various levels of organizational structure:

  • Individual
  • Well-organized, persistent group
  • Ad-hoc groups pursuing a common purpose

Each one of these subsets has their own techniques and goals, but unfortunately, can strike anywhere at anytime.

As different attack types come in and out of vogue, we are closely watching all of these perpetrators and their preferred methods of attack to better understand how to recognize and counteract them.

In the video linked here, I discuss some of the latest threat trends, and how businesses and individuals can prepare and protect themselves.

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Upcoming oVirt Workshop



The oVirt Project continues it’s momentum in the coming year with a new workshop being hosted in Sunnyvale, CA, at the NetApp campus January 22-24. The workshop is a great chance to learn more about the oVirt project. There will be presentations on both using and operating oVirt, as well as design discussion sessions around the code which makes up the oVirt project. This workshop is a great way to get involved with oVirt and learn from the core developers who are building the oVirt platform.

oVirt is a datacenter virtualization platform powered by libvirt and KVM. The latest release of oVirt is 3.1, which came out this past summer. Cisco is a board member of the oVirt project, and has been involved with the project since it’s launch at a workshop hosted by Cisco in the fall of 2011.

If you’re interested in virtualization, please register for the workshop. And after learning about oVirt at the workshop, become involved with the project and the oVirt community.

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The Internet of Everything? To Gen Y, the Internet IS Everything

Today, Cisco announced the 2012 findings from the annual Cisco Connected World Technology Report (CCWTR). Last year, CCWTR has found that, for about one third of Generation Y, staying connected to the Internet is just as important as air, food and water and two thirds would choose the Internet over a car! This year the CCWTR revealed that at the center of it all is the smartphone, which was identified as the single-most desired device for 18-30-year-olds globally.

We all have 206 bones in our bodies, but it could be argued that for Generation Y, the smartphone has become the 207th. In fact, 60 percent of respondents said they find themselves sub-consciously or compulsively checking their smartphones for emails, texts or social media updates. More than 40 percent would “feel anxious, like part of me was missing,” if they couldn’t check their smartphones constantly.

The smartphone is just about everywhere, it seems. Three out of four global CCWTR respondents said they use their smartphone in bed and more than a third use their smartphones in the bathroom. Enough said.

The need for these 18-30-year-olds to stay connected is stronger than ever and made me wonder just how far someone might go to keep that connection. I took to the streets of San Francisco with a cameraman by my side to find out and asked a few people just how important that mobile connection is for their lives. I asked some “Would you rather…?” type questions to see just how far some people will go stay connected.

How important is it for you to stay connected?

Join the conversation by following the #DataInMotion hashtag and follow Cisco on Twitter and Facebook for more “Would you rather…?” questions. Stay tuned for more video results from around the globe.

Holiday Shopping with Mobility

The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re like me, you can’t forget it with the traffic pick up as more folks are heading to stores to shop for friends and family after work.

This season, retailers are trying harder than ever to reach their customers, and given mobile device usage is going through the roof (with an estimated 16B devices by 2016), mobility is a communications vehicle  that venues are trying to leverage.

Cisco recently released a solution – Connected Mobile Experiences  – that helps organizations, such as retailers, engage customers through mobility with relevant content, based on where they are within the store. The solution uses real-time indoor location gathered from the  Cisco wi-fi network as well as key pieces provided by our partners.

You won’t want to miss seeing Connected Mobile Experiences in action at National Retail Federation 2013 in New York, January 14-15, booth #252. For more information, visit

Cisco WAAS 5.0 Achieves SAP-Certified Integration with SAP NetWeaver®

Today, I am pleased to share the news that Cisco WAAS 5.0 has been certified by SAP for integration with the SAP NetWeaver® technology platform 7.0.  Cisco WAAS 5.0  on the Cisco WAVE-594 appliance has been tested for performance preservation, secure encrypted communication, reliability, and functional correctness with SAP NetWeaver 7.0.  The WAN bandwidth utilization is typically reduced by 20 percent or more.

In addition to the performance benefits verified during SAP certification testing, Cisco introduced WAAS 5.0 earlier this year, which includes the following features: Read More »

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