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Cyber Security Survival for the Holidays

A couple of days ago, I participated in a Social Video Broadcast about cyber security survival tips for the holiday season. Some of my advice is familiar. Use stronger passwords, apply the “smell test” to too-good-to-be-true on-line offers, read the manual—especially the parts about account set up and security—when turning on a new device. Others are a little less well known. I keep a separate credit card account with a low spending limit for on-line purchases. Ask your Sys Admins if it is OK to connect a new “BYOD” device to an enterprise network when you return to work in January.

But the most important advice I offer is to slow down and think before doing anything that might subject you to cyber mayhem. Technology, and the Internet in particular, has programmed us to rush through life. But the best way to make it into to the Cyber Security Victims Hall of Regret is to lose your sense of situational awareness by clicking on anything that moves. This needn’t lead to paralyzing indecision. But taking a moment to ask: “Is this for real? Is this wise? Why does that look funny?” will spare you from a lot of harm in the holiday season.

You can watch a replay of the broadcast here: http://newsroom.cisco.com/feature-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1104963

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Join Cisco at NRF 2013

We just launched the Cisco at NRF 2013 website.

Cisco will be at the National Retail Federation (NRF) Convention and Expo 2013 in New York City from January 14-15, 2013.

I’d like to invite you to come visit the Cisco booth #252 to see live demonstrations of Cisco’s new innovative solutions for retail including:

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Mobility, Collaboration and Cloud, Front and Center at Educause 2012

November 17, 2012 at 2:20 pm PST

Thanks to everyone who came by the Cisco booth at Educause 2012 in Denver. We appreciated the opportunity discuss how the Cisco Connected Learning Experience, enables colleges and universities to provide next generation learning environments and deliver education services more securely, reliably, and economically.

If you were not able you visit with us in Denver, take a look at the following videos and resources for more information on the demos we featured in the Cisco booth.

Mobile Collaboration with WebEx Web Conferencing

Teach, learn and collaborate from anywhere with WebEx on your iPhone, iPad or Android device. Meet face-to-face with new 2-way group video. Listen as Nancy Crouch, Deputy CIO, details how Wake Forest University extended collaboration with a campus-wide WebEx license.

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AnyConnect 3.0 for Android Product Announcement

Following up on my last note about BYOD at Cisco, I wanted to update you on the latest numbers here at Cisco. As Sheila Jordan had pointed out here, we have surpassed the 20% tablet penetration among our workforce and mobile devices continue to grow at a rate of 1,000 each month. I highly recommend you doing a quick read on her six steps of approaching device deluge. Meanwhile, the latest IDC report (Aug 8, 2012) reaffirms the 2-horse race in the smartphone world. Android and iOS powered 85% of all smartphones shipped in the second quarter of 2012 (2Q2012).

Maintaining our market leadership in supporting the broadest set of Operating Systems (desktop and mobile) and Web Browsers, Cisco Security is excited to announce the availability of AnyConnect 3.0 for Android (Download here). As in the past, we have worked with the market leading Android device makers along with supporting the Android VPN Framework (AVF) to ensure the latest AnyConnect functionality. These new features are now available on any Android device running on version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or higher (including Jelly Bean).

SOME KEY FEATURES OF ANYCONNECT 3.0 FOR ANDROID:

  • Intel Android (IA): The Android VPN Framework (AVF) image is now compatible with x86 Intel Android devices.
  • IPsec IKEv2: AnyConnect users can connect via IPsec IKEv2 connections to their corporate Cisco ASA in addition to SSL (TLS or DTLS). (Requires ASA 9.0+)
  • Suite B Cryptography: AnyConnect users who need NSA’s recommended Suite B Cryptography will be now able to do so from their mobile devices. (Requires ASA 9.0 and AnyConnect Premium Licenses.)
  • Untrusted Certificate Warnings: Reduces Man-in-the-Middle attack risk by rejecting untrusted certificates by default and requiring end-users to acknowledge risks before connecting to a gateway with an untrusted certificate.
  • SCEP Proxy: AnyConnect users can enroll their mobile device with an internal Certificate Authority (CA) Server, using SCEP without opening up the CA Server directly to external threats. (To embed the identity of the mobile endpoint in the certificate request, Mobile Host Scan must be utilized, which is an AnyConnect Premium License feature).
  • FIPS 140-2 Compliant: AnyConnect users now have access to the latest FIPS 140-2 cryptographic compliant module to meet industry compliance/mandates.

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BYOD Presentations at Cisco Live Cancun 2012

November 15, 2012 at 4:31 pm PST

I just returned from Cancun after delivering a BYOD seminar, as part of Cisco Live Mexico 2012. Bring your own device (BYOD) was a hot topic at Cisco Live in Cancun. There were several in-depth presentations regarding the architecture, design, implementation, and troubleshooting of all the technologies related to BYOD. I had the pleasure and opportunity to deliver a presentation related to remote access VPN implementations related to BYOD, as part of an 8-hour seminar:

  • TECRST-2020 -- Bring Your Own Device -- Architectures, Design and Operation.

Other BYOD-related sessions delivered this week were:

  • BRKEWN-2020 -- Securely Managing the BYOD Phenomena
  • BRKCOC-1567 -- Inside Cisco IT: BYOD… Coping with the Explosion of Mobile Devices in the Enterprise

Imran Bashir provided a detailed introduction about BYOD and the key considerations when implementing BYOD solutions and technologies in your environment. He then went into the details about the Cisco BYOD solution and the integration with the Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions from other vendors and partners. This was followed by product demonstrations for device on-boarding, profiling, posture/compliance check and the integration with MDM third-party solutions.

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