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Bridging the Divide Between IT and Employees

Last month I wrote about a study that we commissioned, which examined data loss in relation to employees worldwide. We’ve been sharing our findings in chapters, via IPTV, and today we’ll discuss chapter two.In this latest installment, we’re focusing on the effectiveness of corporate security policies and employees’ rationale when breaking them. It’s pretty interesting stuff when you look beneath the surface. One issue seems to be dueling perceptions between IT and employees. For instance, while 80 percent of IT professionals say they have a corporate security policy in place, only 50 percent of employees know about it. Read More »

“Reporter” Snooping Around Cisco

This post is a little off topic, but I thought you might find it of interest that we’ve had an enterprising “reporter” snooping around the Cisco campus the last few days who is asking questions ¬†about a rumored, upcoming product launch at Cisco. Several of us have seen him cornering Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers and Vice President of Public Relations, Terry Anderson, and asking questions about the rumored launch. I actually ran into him at a store in Menlo Park and he was asking me questions as well. We’ve captured some video of him and he appears to be surmising that Cisco is going to get into the car business. My colleague at the Service Provider 360 Blog, Doug Webster ran into him, too.Here’s some video that we were able to capture from security cams around the campus…as well as other sources that we can’t talk about.

Playing it Safe

In today’s age of digital information, data is everything. And when it goes missing, we break out in a cold sweat.A simple heist of a single laptop or PDA can have significant repercussions on a company and its bottom line. Just in the past month, a laptop was pinched, which belonged to an employee in the UK from Deloitte, putting at risk the pension data of at least 100,000 individuals. While this particular case, reportedly, was not considered a very high risk, the possibilities give one pause. Without a system of layered defense, a business can quite easily be forced to its knees. Read More »

Firetrucks, Trains and Video

My little guy, Jack, is not quite two and he is currently in a firetrucks and train phase. No telling when he’ll grow out of it, but I seem to remember wanting to be a policeman or fireman when I was growing up…and while I respect both of those professions immensely, I never went into them. We shall see if Jack becomes a fireman or a conductor. We read a book about nine thousand times a day called “Firetruck” where the little boy says “firetruck” the first thing in the morning…and the last thing at night…and then one day he wakes up and is a firetruck. Jack loves it…and nearly lives it. He is very passionate about firetrucks and trains (Thomas is still the favorite here.)Which made me think about Cisco’s passions. We LOVE video. TelePresence. WebEx. Web cams. VODs. IP Security cams. You name it. If it’s video, we love it. And, as the focus these days is clearly on the the economy (Note: Cisco is now in quiet period and we report Q109 earnings on November 5.), we think video will play an even greater role. As travel is scaled back, but face to face is still so important, why not try a WebEx meeting with video? Or, tap into Cisco’s network of Public TelePresence Suites. Or, tape a video, post it to the web and send it out to customers/friends/colleagues/family as a personal high-touch message…much more impactful than a letter or e-mail. There is nothing like being there is person, but when you cannot be, video is the next best thing.

Collaboration and Microblogging

An article in the New York Times on Yammer and Twitter caught my eye this morning. I’ve been experimenting with both sites and much to my surprise, I’ve actually added them to my regular tech routine. Even more relevant to our world was the accompanying blog pondering the business value of microblogging. Here at Cisco, we believe that collaboration is the future and recognize that as business becomes increasingly digital, work is more of an activity than a place you commute to every morning. Definitely feels like microblogging can be another tool for real-time collaboration, don’t you think?I guess only time will tell, but I’m seeing some breakthroughs- finding a new website or tool (like Twirl), reading an article recommended by a contact, knowing that a colleague is in Beijing for a week, and in the same stream getting the latest news from The New York Times or GigaOm. Microblogging is easy to use, keeps me informed, and doesn’t require a response. And when you do want to chime in, the tools make sure you keep it simple. For those of us struggling to control our inboxes, it makes a lot of sense. (although I’m also trying out Xobni for good measure).- Elizabeth McNichols, Director, Corporate Communications