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Our IT Millennial Team Experience at Cisco Live! LATAM 2015

It’s been one month since our big Cisco Live! Event in Cancun. We can’t stop thinking of all the amazing people we had the privilege of meeting including many of our Cisco partners and customers. Throughout the week we interacted and interviewed many individuals from across Latin America. What a great opportunity this was!

Everyone we talked to shared his or her enthusiasm and hopes for the digital future.

A few highlights from the interviews:

Are you ready for the digital era?

“I don’t thinks so! There’s still so much to learn but that’s why I am here [at IT Management Program], I want to learn, and I want to discover what new technologies Cisco is offering.”

What are you most excited for?

“I am excited to go back home, and share everything I’ve learned with my boss so that we can start implementing some of these [Cisco] technologies.”

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Bringing Context-Aware Security to Applications

Are you really who you say you are? This has long been the key question and the key challenge in managing user access to corporate networks and IT systems. In recent years, capabilities for context-aware security have expanded this WHO question to identify the WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and HOW details for each login attempt at the network level. Now, a planned deployment of application connector software for the Cisco Identity Services Engine (Cisco ISE) will extend our context-aware security down to the application level.

How Context Awareness Supports More Control

Network security has traditionally operated on trust that the person behind a login name and password is indeed the right one. The problem is when hackers capture usernames and passwords. They can simply login and access anything authorized for that user, even the most sensitive data and most critical systems. Context-aware security limits that open access by evaluating more factors in the login and detecting variations from the user’s norms.

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Cancún From the Booth

So it looks like we finally made it through the Cisco Live Cancún 2015 experience! Oh yes we did. And it all happened by the warm turquoise Caribbean waters. And again all our Cisco IT teams delivered a stellar performance!

On one side the IT management team set the stage on fire, with Guillermo, Lance, Katty, Plamen, John, Illeana as the main fire-starters. Lots of passionate and engaging IT management sessions delivered to a massive audience composed by partners and customers from all over Latin America. Pure IT Salsa dancing with more than 5000 registered attendees!

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Cisco Live! Cancun (Pre-Event)

Expectation. Lots of rookie related expectations! That is how I feel barely a couple weeks before the Cisco Live Cancun kick-off. For me this is going to be a true baptize into the one global partner event. And this time with the focus on Latin America, a region committed to formidable growth in the next years to come. Being a first-timer in Cisco Live, I can only envision the energy and awe that I felt while attending past smaller Cisco events, but this time multiplied by 10 factor!

I will be a privileged witness from the Smart Spaces demo booth Cisco is going to be running on the exhibition area. Our focus will be to showcase to visitors the massive technology deployment that Cisco has made around Location Services and Cisco Maps, which allow all our employees to work and utilize internal resources in a much more efficient way. You are all invited to drop by and share just a few of those many “wow moments” you will enjoy throughout the Cisco Live experience!

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AMP Threat Grid Extends and Bolsters Our Ability to Combat Malicious Malware

New, clever, and dangerous malware is being devised all the time. After a piece of malware is well known, signature-based defenses such as antivirus and other detection and prevention tools can catch it. But what about new, increasingly insidious malware that isn’t well known? Last year, Cisco acquired the dynamic malware analysis and threat intelligence capabilities of ThreatGRID. The fruit of this acquisition is Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) Threat Grid, a technology that complements our AMP products and is currently integrated into Cisco security gear spanning the network, from intrusion detection systems, to email and web security appliances, to endpoints.

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