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GCT at the Common Criteria Development Board bi-annual Session

Today I am happy to have a guest Post from Jennifer Gilbert.  Jennifer functions as the Global Certification Team (GCT) lead for Strategy and Policy.  She can be reached at

During the course of March 20 to March 22nd, the Common Criteria Development Board (CCDB) held its bi-annual session in Tokyo, Japan.

A precedent setting Industry invitation resulted in the 1st Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop – representatives from Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, SafeNet, Ricoh, EWA, SiVenture, Corsec, Aerospace, and Epoche & Espri participated in this first ever Joint Workshop.  While several indepth discussions took place, a draft of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for Technical Communities was well received by the CCDB.  The ToR is currently out for review within the broader Common Criteria Forum (CCF) to assure those who were unable to participate from Industry in Tokyo are able to provide input and comment further.  Cisco anticipates that the CCDB will instantiate the Terms of Reference within the next 3 months.  For those who would like to follow more closely, you can apply to be a part of the CCF here.

The 1st Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop was rendered a success and encouraged for future ICCC events; the 2nd Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop will be held in September, one week in advance of the ICCC Paris.

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100G Headed for the Mid-Atlantic States

Schools, government agencies, health care organizations, and businesses all across the Mid-Atlantic may soon have an option for 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) connectivity, thanks to the hard work by Lumos Networks on its fiber optic plant in that region.  Lumos Networks, if you aren’t familiar with the name — is the wireline side of nTelos which split off last year (the wireless part of the company kept the nTelos moniker).

Specifically, Lumos announced the completion of validation testing of our 100 Gbps coherent DWDM technology, running on Cisco’s ONS 15454 platform, “which proves that our network is ready to support extremely high speed services,” notes Lumos President Michael B. Moneymaker.   This successful validation comes on the heels of a successful demonstration, conducted by the European Advanced Network Test Center (EANTC), of Cisco’s coherent 100G dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) solution exceeding 3,000 km.

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Executive Engagement in Corporate Social Media #ragancisco

More and more companies are starting to integrate innovative social strategies to enhance their efforts of connecting with the outside world. As is the case with all large-scale corporate changes, advancing a company’s social business and ensuring long-term success calls for upper management support.

We sat down with Michael Brito (@britopian) from Edelman, Sheila Jordan (@CiscoSheila) from Cisco, and Jeremiah Owyang (@jowyang) from Altimeter Group to find out what they thought about getting Executives involved with employees’ social pursuits. Hear what they had to say in this short 2-minute video:

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It’s a boy!

Related blog: Coming Soon to Your Doctor’s Examining Room by William Moore, CTO of CareCore National

“It’s a boy!!!” my friend Kim told me just minutes after her 18 week ultrasound. Even though we were texting I could tell her excitement was restrained despite the exclamation points. Later that day she shared “he’s healthy but…[big inhale]…he has a cleft lip [even bigger exhale]”

This unexpected information meant more tests for her and her unborn son, Mason. It meant a series of surgeries starting at 6 months until age 5. It brought a lot of anxiety to Kim’s entire family.

In addition, the diagnosis raised a lot of questions such as, “Will Mason be okay? How will my family support him and cope with our baby having surgery? Will my insurance cover all that is needed to treat his cleft lip? Will his treatment be personalized? Will I…will he…be subjected to unnecessary tests? Will there be a lot of tests? Can I trust that his healthcare team is up to date on all the latest treatments? Will there be a team of healthcare experts to support us as Mason recovers from each surgery?”

Kim had a lot to prepare for and wanted to feel confident about Mason’s healthcare team. She wanted to know that the most experienced doctors would provide the best care possible based on leading industry practices.  What she wanted most was peace of mind that her son would be ok.

Improving the outcomes of patients like Mason while simultaneously alleviating the burden on physicians is no easy task. It takes a bold and innovative company to tackle such a challenge, one who is at the forefront of the healthcare industry and can envision improved care, better outcomes, and healthier people.

CareCore National is such a company. The company currently has contracts with more than 25 health plans working with 600,000 physicians providing care to 68.8 million people.

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Cisco Shares Vision for Higher Education at Going Global 2012

Hello Education Community.  I am new to the blog community and look forward to sharing with you my reflections on travels and work with Education customers from around the globe.  It is an is an extraordinary time for education globally.  I am eager to share with you experiences in which I have viewed educators, students, and policy makers changing the way they currently address educational needs. I encourage you to come on this journey with me, where I believe we can make a change in education and meet the global demand for learning and talent. Let’s transform together our education systems and institutions to meet the urgent and challenging expectations of our learners in the new millennium.

My first blog is a reflection from my participation and attendance at Going Global 2012. Going Global is a series of international educational conferences hosted by the British Council. It offers an open forum for policy makers and practitioners from around the world to discuss issues facing the international education community. Since its inception in 2004, Going Global has grown from a bi-annual event in the UK to an annual event that alternates between the UK and a different international location. Each year it attracts over 1,000 delegates from across the further and higher education sectors and a variety of other industries with perspectives on international education

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