Security is hot topic on everyone’s mind and for IT it is a constant challenge to stay ahead of the latest threats and vulnerabilities that their organizations face on a daily basis. Take a quick look at the news and it won’t take you long to find an article talking about the latest cyber attack that resulted in the leak of personal data. So what can organizations and more specifically IT teams do to protect themselves from threats and vulnerabilities. Personally I don’t think you can protect yourselves from all threats and vulnerabilities. Cyber threats will continue to exist and cyber criminals will continue to develop increasingly sophisticated attacks to evade even the most robust security barriers. Even if you were to isolate your network from the internet an intruder could overcome your physical security and launch an attack from within your organization.
So what can you do to protect yourself? I view security as a way to reduce your exposure to threats and you should at a minimum make sure you have the appropriate security measures in place to reduce your exposure to threats and vulnerabilities. While you may never be able to stay one step ahead of cyber attacks you should be in a position to detects threats and be able to mitigate them as fast as possible to reduce your exposure.
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Tags: Advanced Malware Protection, AMP, Cloud web security, CWS, DMVPN, firewall, IDS, IPS, ISR 4000, ISR4k, IWAN, routers, security
The wireless world is going through rapid changes. 802.11ac, the fifth generation of WiFi, is poised for accelerated deployment which will dramatically change the user experience with more bandwidth, more speed and a higher number of concurrent client connections. In fact, nearly a quarter of all new access points in the enterprise are now 802.11ac, as suggested in a December 2014 Infonetics WLAN market report. Read More »
Tags: 6.8 Gbps, 802.11ac wave 2, access switching, Catalyst switching, Cisco Live Milan, mu-mimo, multigigabit, NBASE-T Alliance
At CiscoLive Milan this year, we’re going to be doing something a little different with Engineers Unplugged.
Traditionally, Engineers Unplugged has been this awesome video series featuring two speakers, a whiteboard, and great Data Center discussions. It also included drawing a unicorn. This year, we’re opening it up to topics including branch routers, campus switching, mobility, and (potentially) some IoT folks. Basically, we’ll cover everything in Data Center, Mobility (including Meraki… oh yeah!), Enterprise Networks, and Internet of Things for those of you who follow our naming silos.
What this means for you: If you’re going to CiscoLive Milan, you should sign up to join in on the Engineers Unplugged fun. Or, let me know about pairings you’d like to see. Read More »
Tags: #CLEUR, Cisco Live Milan, engineers unplugged, unicorns
Guest post from Lorenz Jakober
Lorenz Jakober, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Akamai Technologies. Responsible for the product marketing of Akamai’s Cloud Networking product line, Jakober brings a wealth of experience focused on cloud networking architectures, web and mobile application design, performance optimization, usability, and content delivery.
Video growth is overwhelming the enterprise network
We have all been there. At work trying to watch the live company all-hands video, or the latest training, or perhaps even the latest YouTube video. But all we end up with are pixelated videos that take forever to start and constantly re-buffer. The workplace video experience can be abysmal if the WAN is not ready. Most of us will avoid a painful experience like that. Or, if we need to watch the content, suffer through it and spend extra time re-playing it until we can get the message. Talk about engaging employees and improving productivity! In all likelihood, at the same time, the IT team has been watching their network choke on all the additional video traffic. And as we all know we are just at the beginning of the video growth curve with HD everywhere, 4K, “engaging video training”, etc. Cisco, for example, forecasts that by 2018 IP video will represent 79 percent of all traffic globally.
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Tags: Akamai, Intelligent WAN, Speed, video
Our 2013 IT Impact Survey highlighted the importance of collaboration between business leaders and IT as trends like BYOD, data center consolidation and Cloud applications put more pressure on the network. Why collaborate? The survey highlighted that 34% of application roll outs over the prior 12 months were delayed because of not enough budget. You would think that if applications were a priority IT would be given sufficient budget to make sure the network was ready to handle the extra traffic. Unfortunately, according to Nemertes, most organizations’ WAN budgets will remain flat or decline in 2015, meaning that adding bandwidth is often not an option for IT. So how can you do more with less?
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Tags: branch, hybrid WAN, Intelligent WAN, ISR, ISR 4000, IWAN, WAN