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Why do I need a password in a factory?

So, I got locked out of my Cisco “everything” account recently. At first I thought it was just my home router acting up, but after a couple days I called IT for help, and they asked me to reset my router, and my modem, and then when that was done they informed me that maybe my password had expired.

Long way of getting to the story. I hate when my password expires. We have pretty stringent rules about passwords here at Cisco. I appreciate that. I just don’t want to change my password. You see I have (guessing) at least 20 sites that I use, all have different password requirements. Some have unique requirements for User Names too.

So I have figured out that from now on, the day that I change my company password I am changing all of my other account passwords too. At least within Cisco they synchronize all of the passwords. But I still have all my individual accounts, and I’m quite sure they sit there and watch, here comes that idiot, requesting a new password. Why can’t these people remember their password, they likely wonder while they smirk.

To some degree it is a matter of how often you go to the website, I suppose. Read More »

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Network Design Mastery

February 16, 2011 at 2:45 pm PST

Now live in our brand spankin’ new virtual environment -- our latest episode ‘Network Design Mastery: Learn from the Pro’s

*What do you think of our new home?  When you click the link above, you will need to give up a little info at first to get registered…but once you do…you are DONE!  You can watch this show and all the others…surf around, leave a comment,…or let us know what you think about all of it in the comments below.

I never ask for directions... but...

This show features a little something for everyone -- see you after the jump…
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Cisco at RSA 2011

The past year has been an interesting one in IT in general and security in particular. We have seen the continued growth of internet traffic, the dawn of the cloud, the consumerization of IT and the growth of social networks all making the challenge of delivering secure, reliable, seamless connectivity to increasingly distributed users on a proliferating forest of increasingly diverse devices. With new challenges like government backed cyberwar efforts such as Stuxnet, hacktivism and not so anonymous DDoS attacks, a big mobility push and an emphasis on telework, IT and security groups have their hands full.

Come join us at RSA 2011 in Moscone Center in San Francisco. The show is running 14-18 February and we are excited to be showing some of our latest and greatest security solutions and technologies at Booth 1717.

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Cisco Borderless Networks at Cisco Live! London

Next week, I’ll be at Cisco Live in London to participate in some exciting Borderless Network activities.  We will be hosting short presentations related to Borderless Networks such as Application Velocity, the new Cisco Catalyst Compact Switches, Cisco EnergyWise, and more.

We will also be kicking off the special version of the Borderless Challenge  at the Borderless Challenge Theater located in the World of Solutions.  The Cisco 3D Borderless Challenge is a competition that tests your knowledge of Cisco Borderless Networks innovations, especially in routing solutions.  You will be able to compete with your peers for a chance to win an Apple iPad.  Plus, you can take your picture with Ike and post this on our Borderless Networks Facebook wall for fun! Also, be sure to see the Global Online Borderless Challenge for a chance to win a trip to Hawaii!

Borderless 3D Challenge Show Times:

  • Tuesday, February 1 -- 11:00 and 16:00, 18:30, and 19:30
  • Wednesday, February 2 -- 10:45 and 15:45 and 18:15

Don’t forget to stop by the Borderless Networks booth to experience how Cisco Borderless Networks can transform the way that IT governs networks by linking users, devices, applications, and business processes together.

Borderless Networks Demonstrations:

  • AnyConnect Secure Mobility – Learn how to provide easy and secure access on the user device of choice while enforcing consistent security policies
  • Borderless Network Services -- Connect people, information, and devices securely, reliably, and seamlessly with Cisco Catalyst Switches
  • Borderless Energy Management – See our energy management architecture to monitor, manage, and optimize energy use with Cisco EnergyWise.
  • Cisco CleanAir Technology – Learn how to enable mobile devices with enterprise-class 802.11n and wireless interference protection.
  • Cisco Application Velocity Experience -- Maximize user experience for any application, optimize resource utilization, and increase reliability with Cisco Application Velocity
  • Secure Cloud – Learn how to increase application survivability and optimize branch infrastructure with UCS Express on ISR G2; enable cloud security with ScanSafe and Ironport
  • Experience Demo -- Experience how Borderless Networks can transform a retail environment, powered by: ISR, Catalyst Switches, Mobility and more.

For more information about the demos, please go to the following website.  Hope to see you at the show!

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Innovating Together Like Never Before – in Iceland?

“Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.” - Michael Porter

There’s been some interesting coverage this week about President Obama’s State of the Union address. And while pundits on all sides debate the ideologies as well as the details, it’s easy to agree on one of his key points – that innovation is the key to getting the economy and the country back on track.

Given the importance of innovation, isn’t it worth taking a fresh look at innovation itself? Many “innovations” such as the Declaration of Independence, the Apollo Space Program, even clever ad campaigns, were all realized by having several smart people in one place to develop ideas together. But now that’s all changed.

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