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My Favorite Cisco Blogs of 2008

This morning, a colleague told me that her motto for this year is “time to shine in ’09.” I told her that could connote that she wasn’t shining in previous years. She said maybe that was true. Cisco’s blogging efforts in 2008, however, have shone through. A little while ago, I hoped we would do more and more blogging and we have. I did a Best Blogs of 2007 last year and it, sadly, was mainly looking at my old blog entries. This past year, however, we now have 13 “corporate” blogs to choose from and many, many Cisco bloggers. And, as I am self-appointed judge and jury, I’m picking my favorites and keeping it to the top 10.So, here we go:1. From the Platform, the top blog entry of 2008 is: “Internet Traffic: What is a Zettabyte” If I had to sum up the top blogs of the platform in a word, it would be VIDEO. This blog captures the numbers.2. From Collaboration blog, my favorite blog entry was: “Team of Rivals” by Alan Cohen. “As we face the darkest business climate in a generation, working across corporate and geographic boundaries can play a critical role in determining whether companies survive or thrive during these tough times.” 3. From Data Center blog, my favorite blog entry is: “A Cloudy Day.” Doug Gourlay is opinionated, smart and willing to take a stance. He has helped grow the Data Center blog into one of our most popular blogs at Cisco. 4. From DigitAll Consumer blog (new in ’08), Johanna Fry and Mike Kisch have done a great job being creative on this consumer oriented blog. My favorite blog from this site is: “Enter the ‘Digital Cribs: Heaven or Hell’ Video Contest to win $10,000.Read More »

A Look at Security Threats in 2008: More Pervasive, More Sophisticated

Keeping current with cyber threats is critical-¬Ěnot just from a security standpoint, but from a branding or reputation standpoint, as well. Check out our 2008 annual report on security trends at

The Year in Review: No Bailout From Security’s Threat Landscape

2008. A year many will gladly say goodbye to in a matter of days. However, for some, 2008 was a good year. A profitable year. In the world of online security, the threats and attacks preying on companies, customers, and consumers continue to wreak havoc internationally. Just as the global economy has become interconnected, so too has the criminal economy. Today, Cisco is releasing its 2008 Annual Security Report, a global synopsis of the numerous threat trends and attacks that made headlines over the course of the year. The report details new approaches attackers are using to trick you, your family, your friends, and your colleagues. It looks forward at what trends could play out in 2009. While the bad guys will look back at 2008 fondly, as evidenced in the report, next year doesn’t have to be that way. It’s up to you as much as it is up to us and other vendors. Technology is integral in protecting us, but it’s not the lone solution. Security is human too. It’s a behavior and a habit. It could protect you or hurt you. While the biggest threat could sit between the keyboard and the back of the chair, so too could the biggest solution. Read More »

Yahoo! Tech Ticker: “Is the Sun Still Shining in San Jose?”

Yahoo! Tech Ticker’s Sarah Lacy interviews Ellen McGirt on her recent “Fast Company” Cisco cover story. Lacy writes, “Chambers may be conservative in guidance, but inside Cisco it’s full steam ahead. A radical redesign of the corporate culture has lead to a nimble, collaborative team of managers who act first and ask permission second. The result? A pipeline of more than twenty products.”Video, Part 1:Video, Part 2:

High Speed Broadband, Please

My nearly two-year old LOVES YouTube. We have a playlist with trains and backhoes and fire engines and more. This morning we were searching for trains and I came across this video of passengers loading a train in Japan. It made me think about broadband.Why you ask? Well, the way I look at it, we’re shoving more and more bits onto the broadband pipes…just look at the video data that is loading up networks. At some point, we’re bound to get to the point where we resort to shoving and pushing to get onto/into those broadband pipes…just like these passengers in Japan are doing. Then, a colleague sent me this article on Bloomberg today that said that the Obama administration may indeed be looking at investing in broadband infrastructure as well as roads and bridges and the like. At Cisco, we’ve been pushing for a national broadband policy for a long time. Maybe now we have the will?