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Connected Justice: It’s much more than simply cutting costs

As collaboration technologies become more pervasive in our daily lives, we increasingly hear about video and other communications taking students on virtual fieldtrips, connecting colleagues across the globe and enabling better access to healthcare for rural and under-served communities.

You may have also noticed a dramatic increase in the use of video and collaboration in the Connected Justice areas – courts, law enforcement and corrections. Dallas County, Texas, for example, implemented videoconferencing, or telepresence, a number of years ago and immediately realized multiple benefits from reducing detainee transport to enabling faster case disposal. One application in particular has shown dramatic impact within court systems – remote interpretation. The video below is a great overview of how remote interpretation works and its benefits.

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Cisco ASA earns Common Criteria Certification.

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is extremely proud to announce the receipt of Common Criteria certification for our ASA 5500 & 5585 Series Security Appliances including: Cisco ASA 5505, 5510, 5520, 5540, 5550, 5580-20, 5580-40, 5585-S10, 5585-S20, 5585-S40, and 5585-S60, running Cisco ASA Release 8.4(4.1).  This certification effort was completed at Assurance Level: EAL4+, and evaluated against the US Government Protection Profile for Application-level Firewall in Basis Robustness Environments, Version 1.1, July 2007.

The official certification listing can be found at: Cisco Adaptive Security Appliances (ASA) Firewall and Virtual Private Network (VPN) Platform, version 8.4(4.1).

In addition to a robust firewall, businesses of all sizes need a full complement of security services, including intrusion prevention, VPN, content security, unified communications, and remote access. The Cisco ASA Family of security devices was built to meet these needs. More info on the Cisco ASA family can be found on

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Modcomp and Cisco Join Forces for Final Presidential Debate

This week South Florida’s Lynn University was taken over by the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) for the final debate of presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Moderated by chief Washington correspondent for CBS News and Face the Nation moderator, Bob Schieffer, this debate was critical for the final polling outcome. Just on the Sunday prior to the event a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll showed the race tied.

Cisco is proud to say that it took part in the behind the scenes. Lynn University partnered with longtime Cisco partner Modcomp to provide a secure environment for all data center and voice communications during the debate. Modcomp and Cisco beat out seven other firms vying for the opportunity. Lynn worked with Cisco and Modcomp to design solutions for the short term that could also serve the university in the long term so that the school is not simply buying technology for a single-time use.

Our Director of Government Strategies & Healthcare, Cassie Roach, recently discussed Cisco’s participation in the debate and how Cisco is enabling Lynn to bring the debate directly to voters. Cisco has extensive experience in providing products and services for events requiring reliability, flexibility, and scalability in their networks, including the London Olympics and each of the last three Democratic and Republication National Conventions.

Lynn, Modcomp and Cisco used technology and tools to scale live access and broaden the reach of the debate; this is the infrastructure Cisco provides. Specifically, the solution architecture included real-time intrusion detection and prevention, Network Access Control, self-provisioning guest portals, network monitoring and segmentation, and policy and bandwidth management and enforcement. The result:  A successful debate that allowed Lynn to meet the CPD’s stringent requirements and bring real-time communications and an unmatched user experience to voters.

Just how many resources went into this debate? The Miami Herald reported that more than 70 miles of cable was laid across the campus to broadcast the debate and pre and post shows. Additionally, nearly 3,500 media were credentialed to cover the debate.

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How Do You Take Control of BYOD and Create a True Unified Workspace?

Want to know how to make sure your network is secure & meets compliance all while enabling a successful BYOD program?

OK, I admit that I’ve always been a techie wannabe, however I never quite made it to true techie level. So when the buzz around BYOD and unified workspace started a couple years ago, I was intrigued, and as it has built momentum and taken hold in so many organizations, I have taken an interest in understanding how it really works. Obviously, security, visibility and control are the big concerns, and to understand how those concerns are met, I found this video on Cisco’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) really helpful:

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Cisco Catalyst 4900M Earns USGv6 and Ready Logo Certifications!

The Global Certification Team (GCT) is pleased to announce the Cisco Catalyst 4900M on IOS version 15.1(1)SG or later has received USGv6 Certification from University of New Hampshire – Interoperability Laboratory. The UNH-IOL uses this collaborative testing model to distribute the cost of performing trusted, third-party testing and validation. USGv6 testing covers 27 categories of USGv6 NPD tests. You can find the listing for Conformance testing v1.2 (12424) at the UNH Interoperability Lab.  Additionally, the 4900M has also achieved Ready Logo certification.  the details can be found at

The Catalyst 4900M provides an ideal solution for space constrained deployments that require high performance wire speed services, high availability, and the modular flexibility of deploying Gigabit Ethernet and 10 Gigabit Ethernet, all in a small 2RU form factor.  You can find more information on the Cat4900M on

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