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Catalyst 3000 series is FIPS Certified!

January 12, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

The Global Certification Team is  pleased to announce the Cat3K X-Series has been awarded FIPS validation #1657 and is complete!  We certified the Cisco Catalyst 3560-X and 3750-X Switches running Firmware Version: 15.0(1)SE.

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Participation, Collaboration, Community

Key to the development of effective public sector strategies for resilience, innovation, and productivity is the ability to navigate at unprecedented scale and speed, complex and distributed communities (networks) of information, people, and things. By tapping the power of these networks, communities can effectively share ideas, expertise, and knowledge, encouraging richer levels of participation.

Smart City development and services through partnerships, collaboration, and community was a major theme at the London Policy Conference (#lonconf) on December 12-13, 2011. Jointly hosted by IPPR, a leading UK think tank, and London’s new think tank, The Centre for London (incubated by Demos), the conference was a platform and network for all those with an interest in London’s future. Sponsored by Cisco alongside other private and public organizations, senior leaders from the public, NGO, and private sectors convened to discuss the major policy challenges facing London and how its future might be best shaped.

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USDA Grants Help Rural Communities Connect

January 12, 2012 at 7:37 am PST

A recent study from the U.K. Department of Health finds that using remote monitoring technology to keep tabs on patients’ blood sugar and cardiopulmonary disease can reduce the risk of patient mortality by up to 45 percent. With statistics like this, hospitals and medical clinics can’t afford not to embrace telehealth technologies. Not to mention, telehealth is quickly becoming a competitive differentiator in some markets around the U.S. According to Mark Probst, CIO for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, “I don’t see how the hospital CEO can ignore telemedicine.”

While tech-savvy patients in urban areas will likely begin to demand more user-friendly access to healthcare, therefore driving the adoption of telehealth in metropolitan-area hospitals, the technology is more than just a convenience for residents in rural areas; it can be the difference between life and death. Read More »

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ASR 9K with CRS 1-3 Common Criteria Certified!

January 11, 2012 at 9:26 am PST

The Global Certification Team is pleased to announce that we have achieved Common Criteria certification on the CRS 1-3 and the ASR 9K!

Link to the certification: http://www.niap-ccevs.org/st/vid10439/

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A time for firsts

January 2, 2012 at 8:00 am PST

Hello and Happy New Year!  This is one of my favorite times of year.  I must admit, I am extremely competitive, and love the opportunity to be the first at things.  Shortly after midnight, and well into the first week of the year, I am constantly re-using the same joke, “I haven’t done _________ since last year”.  Honestly, I use that with the stupidest things, like “I haven’t ordered pizza since last year”.   As I read that last sentence I begin to understand the disgusted looks I receive.  When I shift the focus from my personal to professional life, it is no secret that I bring that sense of personal competitiveness to the workplace.  Thankfully Cisco has rewarded this behavior thus far.  Historically this competitive nature has dominated the Cisco landscape, and the Global Certification Team is no exception.

Over the next few weeks we will be hearing from subject matter experts in the various certification programs.  They are going to be talking about programs such as USGv6, Common Criteria, and the FIPS 140 crypto validation programs.  The team will be expounding on the vast array of Certification firsts at Cisco.  Cisco has and will continue to be dedicated to supporting the global Government landscape with the various certification and Security Assurance programs required by our customers.

Cisco has long been a thought leader in the business and technological communities, and what you will see over the next few weeks, is that Cisco has a long history of certification firsts in all of our programs.  This is an exciting time and we look forward to continuing to forge the path of Global Public Sector based certifications.

Oh, Happy New Year!!!