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Don’t be a Victim – Part 2

Yesterday I talked about the vital importance of passwords in the quest to avoid victimization, but today I will take a look at how some recent changes and advances in technology can have an impact as well.

Some of the fundamental tenants of Borderless Networks include the fact that the network is evolving. No longer the classical, hard crunchy shell with the soft chewy middle, the network has become more open, more amorphous and more mobile. Because of these factors, the network is far more available and useful to users wherever they are, at home, on the road or even chilling at *bucks. Indeed, to illustrate the ubiquity of Borderless Networks, I even saw a woman emailing on a smartphone in the middle of a Zumba class (comic aside, my participation in Zumba is a lot like an inebriated bear doing ballet, but that is a different story). The network is no longer confined to the safe castle-keep of the Enterprise, but instead now follows us wherever we go. This creates opportunities, such as receiving email from the boss while you sip a latte at a coffee shop, but it also creates vulnerabilities as well, which we will come back to.

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New Borderless Technologies

November 3, 2010 at 7:20 am PST

Hardev Singh and the new Sup6E

Welcome to the technology grab-bag…we have a little somethin’ somethin’ for everyone I think -- bottom line -- the hits keep coming!  Tons of huge stuff from our Borderless Team that we have the privilege of breaking down for you…but you gotta watch the show.  In a nutshell:  Catalyst 4500, New SUPS, Old SUPS with new Skills….plus the 800 series ISRs, Fire and Forget security now available on your iPhone with AnyConnect, AND UCS Express….(Cisco data center mojo now available in snack size…)

So how do we cover so much in a single show?

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Borderless Networks: Meat to Go

Yesterday we took a look at some concrete examples of Borderless Networks in the enterprise and home office.

Today, while we have seen that there is plenty of meat in Borderless Networks in the office, Borderless Networks has plenty of meat on the road as well. Bob, our enterprise worker, travels a lot, doing tradeshows and customer visits and dispensing Kool-Aid of various types. When he knows he is going to have to do some heavy lifting with PowerPoint he is sure to take a laptop running AnyConnect, a secure VPN client that works with the Cisco ASA firewall back at HQ to give secure, encrypted remote access. Even if he is in a coffee shop using public Wi-Fi, he knows that his data is safe because everything is going back through that encrypted tunnel. But it is more than just connectivity that we are talking about here because traffic goes through a Cisco Ironport web security appliance, filtering spyware, trojans and the like. And, just like when he is in the office, TrustSec ensures that he has access to what he needs and can’t touch the things he doesn’t. Security is deeply integrated into the network itself, not just an afterthought or add-on appliance.

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Power of Participation Launch Roundup

If you attended the Cisco Power of Participation virtual event yesterday, you probably noticed the tremendous amount of announcements around new products, solutions and technologies for both the data center and Cisco Borderless Networks. Now that the dust has settled, I thought it would be a good time to go through some of those announcements, highlight what I think is important, and point you to where you can get more information.

One of the key announcements in the launch was Application Velocity, a new network service for providing application performance, visibility, control and survivability – especially for remote connections to branch offices or cloud-based services. There are a lot of different technologies that fall under that umbrella, but I wanted to highlight three:

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It Has Arrived… Cisco AnyConnect for the iPhone Available for Download Now

In my earlier blog post I mentioned that the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client for the iPhone (iOS 4) would be available “soon”.  Well I am excited to announce that “soon” has arrived and it is released and available for download in the iTunes Store

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