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San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative Promotes Women in the Workforce


This week, San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee is leading a business delegation to Bangalore, India, for a three-day event focused on the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative. The initiative, a nonprofit created by Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, seeks to engage individuals and institutions from both cities in building sustainable 21st century environmental, technological, and cultural ideas, techniques and resources.

As a proud sponsor of the sister city committee, Cisco will host a panel discussion on empowering women in business via Cisco TelePresence in San Jose, California, and in Bangalore. The panel will comprise a group of women from both the U.S. and India who hold executive positions in their respective industry and geography, providing viewers with the opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of their successes.

Since women in the U.S. only hold 4% and women in India only hold 11 percent of CEO positions in business, these select women will provide insight into what it takes to succeed in a career. Each panelist will share personal experiences about their journey to success and the challenges they faced along the way.

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer Padmasree Warrior will join the panel to share an account of her success as a Cisco executive. As a prominent advocate for women equality on the workforce, Warrior envisions a world where women can not only rise, but thrive in their career.

“Women bring a great deal of talent and leadership to business and leadership overall. All of us need to build a community of support encouraging women to seize opportunities as they arise,”  Padmasree Warrior, chief technology and strategy officer at Cisco.

Tune into the panel live on Monday, December 2, at 7:00 p.m at

“Feliz Natal” – Bank Theft by Proxy.

Proxy auto-config or PAC files are commonly used by IT departments to update browser settings so that internet traffic passes through the corporate web gateway. The ability to redirect web traffic to malicious proxy servers is particularly attractive for malicious actors since it gives them a method of intercepting and modifying traffic to and from websites from which they can gain financially.

Malicious PAC files have been described since 2005 [1], but this obfuscated example contains a timely festive message. The Portuguese phrase for “Happy Christmas”, “Feliz Natal” is used to encode the IP address of the malicious proxy,
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SecCon 2013: Global and Local

SecCon is our internal security conference, which for the past five years has taken place live in San Jose. Many industry recognized experts  over the years have graced the stage, and the security community at Cisco looks forward to each December where we gather together to network  and  learn  about the new threats that face our products.  In past years, remote sites around the globe were linked into San Jose, sharing part of the speaker line-up and also giving local security people at remote sites the ability to speak to a local audience. In 2013, for the first time ever, SecCon events were hosted in remote locations.

The goal of these events is twofold: first, to provide high-quality, topical security education to those people responsible for building our products, and second, to growthe security community amongst our engineering population. We believe that security must be part of everyone’s job description at Cisco. We are all part of the security solution, and we use these SecCon events to band together. Read More »

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Cisco expands the SAP Competency Center in Walldorf in a big way

The Cisco SAP Competency Center expanded its presence at the SAP Partner Port in Walldorf  Germany on November 11, 2013.


Watch the video of Padmasree Warrior, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Cisco and Vishal Sikka, CTO and Executive Board Member for SAP as they welcome those that attended the opening of the Competency Center and talk about the Cisco/SAP relationship as is matures and about the exciting solutions we have already established together and about the upcoming solutions that we are engineering.


Competency CenterThe expanded Competency Center will house Cisco pre-sales, benchmark and performance testing and certification engineers. The performance and certification tests are all running on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) server platform using the Intel x86 Xeon chip set. These tests are integrated with the latest storage solution vendors such as EMC and NetApp.

Cisco specialists in the Center are connected with their SAP counterparts to provide the optimal service, support, and solutions to joint customers. In addition this Competency Center is equipped with hardware and software so that customers may bring their data into the Cisco Competency Center and test their data in a Proof of Concept setting.

Our Competency Center covers a very wide list of solutions including SAP HANA, HANA Enterprise Cloud, Suite on HANA, SAP on Vblock, SAP on FlexPod, Precision Marketing, and Sybase ASE.

The Cisco SAP Competency Center will also be used for specific customer briefings as required.

Cisco continues to find additional way to service SAP customers whether on premise or cloud. The expansion of this Competency Center is another way to show customers that Cisco is investing in providing quality solutions to those customers who have made the decision to select the Cisco UCS platform for SAP.

For more information on the Cisco SAP partnership and solutions visit our website

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Cisco’s Angela Coronica Wins ARN’s Women in ICT Award for Innovation

Yesterday, Cisco’s Angela Coronica was awarded Australian Reseller News’ (ARN) Women in ICT award for the Innovation category. Suzanne Hansen was also successful, being selected as a finalist in the Achievement category.

The Innovation award was a deserved accolade for Angela. Over the past 18 months she has been responsible for delivering ideas and vision to the ICT industry, for effectively responding to change and discovering unique business opportunities. Specifically Angela was recognised for her development of a framework for looking at the ICT industry from a different lens. Angela achieved all of this while exemplifying the partner-led approach that Cisco takes to everything it does, working with her partners to instil a passion for innovation.

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