Trust is a fundamental requirement for people to use the Internet with confidence, and Cisco continues to find opportunities to make the Internet even more secure.
I am happy to share that we are a founding sponsor of a new public benefit consortium called the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG). The goal of the ISRG is to advocate the use of SSL/TLS technologies by promoting the installation, use and maintenance of digital certificates for Internet services such as Web servers.
Digital certificates provide the anchor for secure communication, and more certificates enable more trusted network traffic. This initiative will significantly reduce the total surface area of exposure by preventing untrusted traffic from becoming bigger attacks.
Currently, deploying secure Internet services requires an intricate series of administrative steps. The ISRG is developing a set of open, standardized APIs for managing certificates and an initial Certificate Authority (CA) that implements these APIs. The vision is that all Internet services will seamlessly acquire and renew certificates during the normal server installation and maintenance processes. Over time, this frictionless approach should greatly expand the number of Internet services that are more rigorously secured.
The ISRG is launching with a diverse set of commercial and non-commercial sponsors. One of the reasons Cisco supports the ISRG approach is their commitment to the open community – its protocols and APIs will be open standards. The ISRG will develop them using a collaborative process, and as much of the software as possible will be open source. The CA it operates will make all records of issuance and revocation available for public inspection, for complete transparency.
Learn more about our involvement with the ISRG and how we collectively plan to support the ubiquitous use of encryption to keep our Internet safe.
Tags: internet security, padmasree warrior, security
Your mobile strategy needs to consider the user’s point of view and the highly dynamic nature of the mobile threat landscape. Weighing the threat risk includes evaluating the cost of insecure mobile devices.
User Point of View
The Cisco 2014 Connected World Technology Research tracked the users’ outlooks on the evolving work environment. Being mobile, off premise with your device was well noted.
• Most believe a flexible, mobile and remote work model is competitive.
• Over 25% work from organizations that allow working from home (WFH).
• Over 50% consider themselves available 24 hours 7 days.
• Most believe the most connected device for work will be the smartphone in 2020.
The trend for mobile remote work environments cannot be disputed but the mobile device threat vector expands to a broader range of access points. This puts your corporate resources at risk of being corrupted or stolen. Let’s consider the cost of an insecure mobile environment.
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Tags: byod, connected employee, mobility, security, UX
Each week, we’ll highlight the most important Cisco Partner Ecosystem news and stories, as well as point you to important, Cisco-related partner content you may have missed along the way. Here’s what you might have missed this week:
Off the Top
This week saw the 10th annual Collaboration Summit kickoff and Richard McLeod was on hand as part of the Cisco team to participate in the event. Richard emceed the Partner Awards Ceremony on Sunday night where we honored 27 award winners in 11 different categories. Read Richard’s full recap of the awards ceremony.
Richard also posted about the announcements from Collaboration Summit and provided a summary of the new opportunities available to partners. Be sure to check out both of his posts and see what’s new in video and cloud for Cisco partners.
In our latest Partner Voices blog entry, TekLinks shared how they use Cisco-powered solutions to provide data security and business continuity.
Learn how TekLinks preserved the data for the Peoples Bank of Cullman, AL when a series of tornadoes ripped away part of its data center. You’ll also get TekLink’s thoughts on ransomware. Give it a look and let us know what you think! Read More »
Tags: Cisco, collaboration summit, partner, partner voices, richard mcleod, TekLinks, Weekly Rewind
This week, Cisco was named the winner of Second Harvest Food Bank’s 48-Hour Virtual Race to End Hunger. Raising money – just over $216,000 for this year’s race – to support our neighbors in need and at risk of food insecurity is now a signature part of our participation in the Cisco Global Hunger Relief Campaign – a company fundraising drive that benefits over 160 nonprofits worldwide.
After 8 years participating in the local 48-Hour Race, the Silicon Valley spirit of competition has spread to many other Cisco locations that compete in their own ways during the 48-Hour Race, including India and China.
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Tags: Cisco CSR, corporate social responsibility, employee volunteer
We’ve learned a lot since releasing our original research on the Internet of Everything (IoE) at the end of 2012. I created a top-10 countdown style review of these learnings, however, today, I’m jumping right to #1 (sorry David Letterman). Here it is: #1 – Context…not content…is king.
Same Person, Different Customer
I was recently on a business trip to the Middle East. Just before boarding, I realized I left my headphones at the hotel. Not wanting to be on a 10-hour flight without them, I ran to the electronics vending machine I saw on the way to my gate. Without regard to price, I purchased the headphones I wanted and headed to the gate.
Now, contrast this event to when I originally purchased the now-lost headphones. I went to Amazon.com. After reading the description and reviews, and doing some additional online research to make sure I was receiving the best price, I placed my order and waited two days for the package to arrive. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cisco Consulting Services, Cisco Mobility, Internet of Everything, IoE, Joseph Bradley