As the U.S. presidential inauguration arrives, all eyes are on Barack Obama. From our industry’s vantage point, many of those eyes are centered squarely on his intent to increase technology’s role in facilitating better government.Within this arena, one of the most critical areas of focus is security — protecting our borders, our interests, and our populace. To do this, the scope of national security includes cyberspace. More than a year ago, a commission associated with the Center for Strategic and International Studies was created involving 30 security professionals from the private and public sectors. The CSIS commission began outlining recommendations for the incoming president that would guide him in improving the country’s cybersecurity. Together, they created a report entitled Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency.One of the commission members is John N. Stewart, the chief security officer for Cisco. John recently taped these video messages for those interested in learning about the threat landscape that the United States is facing, the report and its recommendations, and a closer look at one of the key suggestions — the need to rebuild the partnership between public and private sectors. The Threat Landscape Overview of the Report & Recommendations Key Recommendation: Rebuild the Public-Private PartnershipEmbedded videos are after the jump.The CSIS report has been reviewed by Obama and his security team, and as he takes office today, it will be interesting to see how the commission’s recommendations are addressed and, hopefully, executed. To view the report: www.csis.org. Read More »
Today, the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project report that “the share of adult internet users who have a profile on an online social network site has more than quadrupled in the past four years — from 8% in 2005 to 35% now.” My own social networking experience attests to this stat, as I am now Facebook friends with my across-the-street neighbor growing up in Misenheimer, NC…and the stats further are proven by the fact that I am also FB friends with his son and daughter (my contemporaries). I now have mini-communities of friends, it seems, from each phase and/or job of my life…including a few from kindergarten!!View the full report here.
Cisco’s TelePresence is proving a surprise hit at the National Retail Federation’s ‘BIG Show’ in New York this week.Industry icons such as Walmart CEO Lee Scott Jr have offered a very pragmatic perspective there on the industry’s prospects for the coming year, a sentiment which has delegates focused on saving money, strengthening customer relationships and better communicating with staff. Cisco TelePresence is generating a lot of interest as a result for its ability to cut travel costs, make remote experts easily available to customers, and visually connect staff across remote stores and offices.My colleague Chris Barker, who is on the ground in New York, tells me folks from retailers including Sports Authority, Gucci and Careerbuilder.com have been standing in line to get a peek of the technology (which we are demonstrating with our partner AT&T)…and are coming out of the demo somewhat awed! What better time to put a camera in front of them to get their reaction? Oh, and if you’ve never seen TelePresence for yourself…you might want to check out a recent commercial for the product.
Posted on behalf of Michael Stevenson, vice president of Global Education, Cisco It’s no good teaching 21st century skills and then testing students on traditional facts and knowledge. During the Learning and Technology World Forum in London this week, Cisco, Intel and Microsoft called upon educational leaders, governments and other companies to work together to transform education, and to concentrate especially on the problem of assessment.The three companies have brought together OECD and some of the world’s leading experts to devise a new approach to assessment. We hope that through this collaboration we will enable countries around the world to use ICT to assess their students’ competence in 21st century skills by 2012.In so many countries today, the talk is of economic transformation. But the only way these transformations can happen is if the education systems are fixed first. In fact, all around the world, people are struggling with the age-old problem of improving education standards quickly and at scale.The key is to make sure students leave school with the skill sets they need to succeed in the 21st-Century economy: problem-solving, team-working and critical thinking are the ones most people name first. But this is a tall order for governments to achieve alone. It really requires a long-term, collaborative commitment from the public and private sector. We look forward to being a part of this process.
In preparation for the 98th annual National Retail Federation (NRF) Conference, Lindsay Parker, Director of Global Retail Solutions, discusses her advice for retailers during these challenging economic times and how technology can help retailers. She also does a technology demonstration on a product recall using Cisco technology. For more information on Cisco in the retail space, please visit: http://www.cisco.com/web/strategy/retail/index.html Also, please listen to (or download) our podcast on “Wireless in Retail.”