These days, it’s nearly impossible to separate our work and personal lives. Network administrators likely feel this more than anyone as they try to help everyone in their organization use and onboard new smartphones and tablets. I experienced it this weekend while spending time with my cousin who came for a last minute visit from out of town. When he arrived we began to chat about the start-up he had been working for and discussed all of the potential challenges and risks that his former employer faced on the company network. I mentioned that Cisco had just run a Technical Deep Dive on Cisco’s Mobility Innovations for scalable and secure productivity.
After I mentioned the Cisco 3600 Series CleanAir Access Point and its ability to find and mitigate interference and to increase performance, his ears seemed to perk up a bit. “But,” he said “the challenge isn’t only high quality connectivity, it’s making sure that the network stays secure and that each user, whether they are connecting via wired or wireless devices, is granted the access they need to perform their job. No more, no less, and there should be no hassles for me.”
He wasn’t familiar with Cisco’s Network Control System (NCS) or Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE), but I was familiar with his needs. The need for centralized policy is ubiquitous, from thrifty start-ups to Fortune 500 corporations. Between NCS and ISE, Cisco is offering a single pane of glass view and management of wired and wireless identity. The comprehensive user and access visibility with advanced troubleshooting improves IT efficiency. And like so many customers have realized, my cousin said “That’s exactly the type of thing I’m talking about.”
I told him to join us Tuesday April 17 at 10 a.m. PT for a tweetchat about securing bring your own device (BYOD) solutions with NCS and ISE (Follow #ciscowifi) and to sign up for the following two webinars in our Technical Deep Dive Series: Preparing for High Client Density and Supporting IPv6 for Mobility.
He said he would…if he hadn’t just left the company! No wonder I got the last minute visit.
He may not make it tomorrow, but you still can! Tweet with @Cisco_Mobility and @CiscoSecurity experts to learn more about BYOD security and scaling solutions tomorrow!