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PCI Compliance Made Simple

September 22, 2011 at 10:16 am PST

ID Please?

Many have argued that the PCI DSS, Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard is too complex to be realistic in a real-world environment. Cisco takes the opposite stance maintaining that the principles and security standards contained within the documentation should actually be considered a minimum. The true challenge being not in the implementation but in the ongoing management -- the maintenance if you will.

This show promises to layout a simplified view of the standard with real-world, practical advice where anyone can find exactly how they would apply their unique situation. We have pulled out all the stops with our story-telling and top notch guests as we have members of the standards board, networking experts and certifies QSA auditors joining us.

PCI. It’s not just for Breakfast

It’s amazing how many networks fall into the “compliance required” category.  For PCI it only takes one credit card transaction to be at risk…but rather than focus on the negativity of the required audit – this topic and the maturity of the standard is actually good for ANYONE interested in protecting their data.  You may have the typically binary response as to whether this show applies to you…but I think you need to give it a go.  You may be surprised….the show and the Shownotes are after the jump.

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Hands on with the Identify Services Engine

September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm PST

It is so critical that we make it easier for people to get on and off the network in a secure fashion. Cisco has made incredible strides merging access control platforms that have done well over the years yet still required heavier configuration and/or manual intervention.   Not any longer…The Cisco Identity Services Engine or ISE, is a game changer that has already been well received by the market and yet just keeps improving.

We featured the ISE in one of our Fundamentals animations but felt like even more could be done, especially in light of new wireless only pricing recently rolled out. This is a great step forward for a business looking to make incremental steps potentially starting now in an area that is always in need of improvement, guest access.

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10 Steps to a Successful IPv6 Implementation

September 8, 2011 at 2:24 pm PST

Robb, Sylvia, Jimmy Ray

C’mon…didn’t you guys just do an IPv6 show back in 2007?  Yes, and although many others have covered this ad-nauseum…(and we don’t run ads…) we thought it was high time we covered it TechWiseTV style…which means we got the details.

Watch it right now or keep reading for more details…

Specifically, we did not want to focus on big numbers or sky is falling stuff – its been done.  We wanted to cover the actual reality of implementation.

If scare tactics still get you going…you know we have now officially run out of IPv4 addresses so I do think this topic has a new feeling of urgency.

The time for making educated decisions on your IPv6 migration can no longer be put off.  Much has been learned about how to do this right and this one is all about asking the right questions and providing the right guidance.

Questions with the potential for long-term impact like:

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Celebrating 100 Episodes of TechWiseTV

September 2, 2011 at 10:56 am PST

Five fiscal years ago, only 3 individuals remained as months of interviews and screen tests concluded.  None of us really knew what we were in for but it sounded interesting for sure.  I had been in the sales field originally hired as an account manager, survived the job cuts of 2000 by re-casting myself as a security expert and became the first Security PSS of the South.  I thought I was applying for a role in Cisco’s Speakers Bureau.

Felicia Ferrante

In August of 2006, Felicia Ferranti reached to introduce herself as the subject matter expert for our Unified Communications show.   Felicia had been killing it as a sales rep in Los Angeles and she fit the profile for what TechWiseTV was chartered with: To scale the best messaging on the broadest reach platform.

Our trio was rounded out by a non-Cisco engineer we had not met right away. We were already hearing rumbling of his expertise as you could tell even in the final interview rounds if someone had already talked to him…the questions got a lot harder.  We stole Jimmy Ray from HP where he was very well known as the engineer you wanted on your deals – did not matter what the tool or the technology was. He was (and is) the smartest, humblest, passionate SE you could find.

It was an incredibly confusing, tiring start to what is now, still tiring, but much more definable and certainly rewarding.  Many people played a part in the early years and remain rooted as lynch pins in our history.

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UC Management Anti-Hero

June 30, 2011 at 12:45 pm PST

Laura PowersWelcome to the Shownotes for TechWiseTV 92 -- Unified Communications Management Made Simple.  If you have not seen the show yet -- you can do so by going to http://www.techwisetv.com (please subscribe to our YouTube channel by the way) or, if you are the more ‘reclined’ type like me…keep reading, you will find the show embedded below the fold.

Before I go on -- there are some workshops to check out -- these are the awesome one-on-one interactive opportunities most often hosted by our chief geek Jimmy Ray: Check out ciscoworkshops.com for the latest.

This show has us going into Network Management again which is always of more interest than we initially projected -- and, like we do with all our shows, we made an attempt at a theme…something we felt would resonate with our technically inclined audience.  This is where our ‘anti-hero’ direction came from.  Now why would anyone diss on hero’s?

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