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Fundamentals of 802.11ac

May 12, 2012 at 7:44 am PST

We released our latest in the Fundamentals series earlier this month and it is trending quite well.  The 802.11ac standard sounds like a step backwards alphabetically…but it will soon be an incredible step forward forward for WiFi once it is ratified by the IEEE. Watch this latest fundamentals to get comfortable with the truth. 802.11n is still your best bet for 2012 and into 2013 as we continue to partner on the standards process but the future is bright indeed!

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Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series FIPS 140-2 Validated!

May 10, 2012 at 12:22 pm PST

The Global Certification team is delighted to announce that the Cisco Catalyst 6500 has been awarded FIPS 140-2 Level 2 Certification.Certificate  #1717!

The certification covers the following:  Cisco Catalyst 6506-E [1], Catalyst 6509-E [2] and Catalyst 6513-E [3] Switches with Supervisor Cards (VS-S2T-10G or VS-S2T-10G-XL) and Line Cards (WS-X6908-10G or WS-X6908-10G-2TXL)

  • (Hardware Version: 6506-E -M0 [1], 6509-E -N0 [2], 6513-E -S0 [3], Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G -B0, Supervisor Card VS-S2T-10G-XL -C0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G -A0, Line Card WS-X6908-10G-2TXL version -B0 and FIPS kit packaging (CVPN6500FIPS/KIT=); Firmware Version: 15.0(1)SY1)

Efficiently scale, virtualize, secure, and manage your network remotely with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches. Offering a high-performance, feature-rich platform suitable for deployment in campus, data center, WAN, and Metro Ethernet networks, the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series provides a strong foundation for Borderless Networks, so you can connect anyone, anywhere, at any time.

Learn more about the Catalyst 6500 Series on Cisco.com!

FIPS-140 is a US and Canadian government standard that specifies security requirements for cryptographic modules. A cryptographic module is defined as “the set of hardware, software, and/or firmware that implements approved security functions (including cryptographic algorithms and key generation) and is contained within the cryptographic boundary.” The cryptographic module is what is being validated.

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Cisco TelePresence Touch Simplifies Calling

Cisco simplified how you can make and manage your video calls with Cisco TelePresence Touch 8, a touch-based user interface.   Now, we are extending Touch capabilities to the entire TelePresence endpoint portfolio with the Touch 12.

The Cisco TelePresence Touch 12 is now shipping with the new CTS 1300 47, a team system that brings the in-person, 3 camera experience of the immersive products to a smaller, more flexible room.  Even better,  this 12 inch Touch is also shipping with all CTS products.  Check out this video to see it in action and learn more!

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DCID Protection Level 3 and Multi-tenant Cloud

The former Director of Central Intelligence Directives 6/3 established specific protection levels based on an information system’s assessed level of concern. In 2008  The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) began releasing Intelligence Community Directives (ICD) that were to eventually supersede the DCID. I’m no longer an active practitioner of Certification and Accreditation so it is unclear to me whether the ICD 500 series has actually superseded or cancelled the DCID 6/3. From my interactions over the past 18 months I’m thinking that the DCID 6/3 is still alive combined with specific ICD 500 guidance and 800-53. Regardless, in my opinion the DCID 6/3 offers some great legacy guidance for multi-tenant clouds.

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