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GCT at the Common Criteria Development Board bi-annual Session

March 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm PST

Today I am happy to have a guest Post from Jennifer Gilbert.  Jennifer functions as the Global Certification Team (GCT) lead for Strategy and Policy.  She can be reached at jtgilber@cisco.com

During the course of March 20 to March 22nd, the Common Criteria Development Board (CCDB) held its bi-annual session in Tokyo, Japan.

A precedent setting Industry invitation resulted in the 1st Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop – representatives from Cisco, Microsoft, Intel, SafeNet, Ricoh, EWA, SiVenture, Corsec, Aerospace, and Epoche & Espri participated in this first ever Joint Workshop.  While several indepth discussions took place, a draft of the Terms of Reference (ToR) for Technical Communities was well received by the CCDB.  The ToR is currently out for review within the broader Common Criteria Forum (CCF) to assure those who were unable to participate from Industry in Tokyo are able to provide input and comment further.  Cisco anticipates that the CCDB will instantiate the Terms of Reference within the next 3 months.  For those who would like to follow more closely, you can apply to be a part of the CCF here.

The 1st Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop was rendered a success and encouraged for future ICCC events; the 2nd Joint CCDB and Industry Workshop will be held in September, one week in advance of the ICCC Paris.

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NC Governor Tours Cisco, Seeks Renewed Education Funding

The Cisco Systems facility in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina hosted North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue Wednesday, March 21 as she called for additional state education funding.
In a speech detailing North Carolina’s success in attracting high technology firms, Perdue said an educated local workforce is “how we became the right location for Cisco – a name brand that’s synonymous with innovation and ambition.”
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Video Apps for Government: Scaling Video Surveillance with UCS

Today from CiscoLive in Melbourne Australia, Cisco announced Video Surveillance for UCS.

The word from down under is “hyper-scalable” with support for tens of thousands of cameras with  increases of up to 1,000 percent with the modular UCS platform versus dedicated server solutions.

Cisco Video Surveillance helps public sector organizations transform the way they protect people, property and critical infrastructure

Cisco Video Surveillance on Unified Computing System also delivers:

  • Rapid provisioning from 8 weeks to 15 minutes
  • Reduced infrastructure costs, faster disaster recovery and deployment, reduced staffing needs and cooling costs
  • Improved performance, scalability, agility and manageability

Read this whitepaper to see more examples for how video apps can also help government agencies stretch budgets and reduce costs.

If you didn’t get a chance to visit Australia, perhaps next year.  Here’s some nice photos from the CiscoLive show floor.

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Consumer Devices Changing the Public Sector Workspace

March 21, 2012 at 1:13 pm PST

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement is taking hold in workplaces around the world, but some of my recent reading has led me to explore more deeply the impact of this trend on communication and security in the public sector.

An article in Forbes summed it up well: people rely more and more on smaller, mobile gadgets, and they’re using these devices to support telepresence and other collaboration tools to conduct work-related business. Though this embrace of BYOD (also called consumerization) means more flexibility to work from anywhere, more accessibility to coworkers and supervisors, and more opportunities for collaboration, it raises security concerns.

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GPON in the Campus Network – A Misuse of Perfectly Good Technology?

March 21, 2012 at 1:11 pm PST

What’s wrong with running my campus network on Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON) technology you ask?

Let me count the ways!

I was just reading a White Paper by Nick Lippis of the Lippis Report entitled, “GPON vs Gigabit Ethernet in Campus Networking” that lays out the issues pretty well in my opinion, and concludes up front that GPON is “suited to niche applications” and that “many GPON assertions and claims are overstated.”

Nick does a nice job of contrasting the two approaches, a last mile SP technology (GPON) that might be a good choice for the home & kids, with a Highly Available Ethernet Design that should be used to run a real business.

I’ll leave it to you to read the details, but he covers facts on all the key areas from power consumption and cabling costs to network scaling, single points of failure, and troubleshooting capabilites.

All this adds up to GPON being a poor choice in the Campus when you look at the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) even though the initial acquisition costs might be lower for the hardware itself.  When you look under the covers, the real price is quite high for GPON in terms of a “lack of flexibility, greater power consumption (certainly not green), limited network capacity, upgrades are system-wide events, troubleshooting tools and skilled technicians are limited and lacking, and multiple single points of failure exist.”

He goes on to say, with the Ethernet market being tens of billions of dollars, research and development is assured while competition privdes the motivation for innovation and feature enhancement.  An Ethernet campus network is a safe investment.

Caveat emptor!

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