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Reduce the risk of compromised company data by securing users’ smartphones

Once upon a time, a mobile phone was just a phone—you made and received calls on it, and that’s all. It posed zero risk to the security of your network or your business. Now, a mobile phone is so much more than just a phone. It’s a personal assistant, a portable game player, a digital camera, and most importantly, a full-fledged computer—and these smartphones definitely pose a security risk. Just like a laptop, smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices can connect to your network, which means they could compromise your company’s data or leave your network vulnerable to attack from a hacker. You wouldn’t leave employees’ laptops unsecured, so why would you take chances with their mobile devices?

For the most part, the same security measures you ascribe to the computers on your network in the office should also be applied to mobile devices that have access to your LAN. Just like desktop PCs and laptops, all mobile devices need software protection to guard against malware and other attacks. Smartphones and tablets should have a firewall as well as antispam and antivirus software installed, such as the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Solution and Norton Smartphone Security offering.

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Cisco Live UK Demo Part 2: Workforce enablement with CEBT, OSISoft and Collaboration

This is Cisco Live UK: Day 3, Part 3

You’ll remember in my previous blog (part 1) that we said that the Workforce Enablement demonstration shows the integration between OSISoft (one of Cisco’s Partners in the industrial telemetry and asset management field) integrated with Cisco cross-architectures: so we have Borderless networks, Data Center and Collaboration technologies. We also have an application called CEBT – which is a workforce enablement application (Collaboration-Enabled Business Transformation Introduction brochure – click here)

So in the demo we see a Wind turbine going out of specification. The demo shows live dynamic telemetry data. Steve Matthews resets the data to cause a malfunction and cause an alert. You see the data change – the top right bar goes from green to yellow, basically a temperature alert. An SMS message is transmitted and, in this case, a telephone rings alerting the Control Room staff. Read More »

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Cisco Live UK Demo Part 1: Workforce enablement with CEBT, OSISoft and Collaboration

Here’s Cisco Live: Day 3, Part 2

Today I had the pleasure of talking with Steve Matthews about Cisco’s Industrial Workforce Enablement demo. Steve is a Cisco consulting engineer with expertise in Borderless Networks; he is based in Manchester, UK.

In this video Steve is telling me about the demo that features real time data analysis and Cisco UC and networking technologies that enable real-time events to be captured and/or acted upon. We are using the application software to capture real time data from, in this case, a wind farm, and that data is both analyzed and stored and alerts are sent.

The demonstration shows the integration between OSISoft (one of Cisco’s Partners in the industrial telemetry and asset management field) integrated with Cisco cross-architectures: so we have Borderless networks, Data Center and Collaboration technologies. We also have an application called CEBT – which is a workforce enablement application. Read More »

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Cisco Live! Catalyst 6500 Reaches 40 GE

Cisco Live! It’s always an exciting time – real customers, sharing real world experiences, looking for news that will make their networks stroCisco Catalyst 6500 Series 40 Gigabit Ethernet Interface Module nger, faster, more capable, more efficient. And for this Yank, visiting ExCeL London in the heart of London’s Royal Docks for the first time, it’s a special treat.

There are a number of announcements coming out of Cisco Live this week – two that build on the story we’ve been telling about the Catalyst 6500… a new 40 Gigabit Ethernet module and 160 Gbps per slot performance in existing Catalyst 6500 E-Series chassis.

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Increase Wallet Share–and Help Customers Get More from Their Networks

It’s quiz time! Which of the following is true?

a) Every second, one hour of video is being uploaded to YouTube.

b) Four years from now, there will be 7.1 billion mobile connected devices.

c) By 2015, Internet traffic volume will be the equivalent of downloading every movie ever made.

d) All of the above.

I’ll give you a moment to ponder…give up? The answer is d: all of the above.

Are your customers ready for this influx of data, video, and devices? Not to worry. Cisco has you—and your customers’ networks—covered.

Today, Cisco is again leading in switching innovation by supporting 100, 40, and 10 Gigabit over Ethernet (GE) for Cisco Nexus and Catalyst switches. These advancements are fully scalable, intelligent, and cloud-ready—and apply to the campus and data center.

For partners, this provides a very profitable opportunity to help customers improve and upgrade their networks as they embrace cloud computing and mobility, continue to load up the network with video, and struggle to get their arms around the data deluge.

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