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Security: Vital for Technology-enabled Education

October 11, 2013 at 8:47 am PST

More and more we are seeing the education landscape change to include more technology for collaboration and mobile learning. Colleges and universities are enabling secure networks for staff and students to access resources on-campus and off. With October being National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and Educause next week, we are hearing a lot of talk about the importance of campus network security and threats. Read More »

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

This month, we are marking the tenth anniversary of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). The goal is to raise awareness and educate Americans about the importance of cyber security. Agencies and organizations are holding events and driving initiatives to engage Americans in a discussion about how to establish safer practices.

NCSAM sheds light on the most pressing topics in security, including mobility, education, cyber crime and critical infrastructure.  In alignment with NCSAM’s mission, we are sharing our own cyber security best practices, advice and resources.

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Despite budget constraints, spending on cyber security set to increase according to Cisco study of government IT decision makers

While the shutdown challenges in the federal government over the past week have been top-of-mind, a recent Cisco survey has discovered that when operations resume, overall budget constraints are seen as the greatest challenge to government IT infrastructure, even ranking ahead of cyber attacks. This information was gathered through a third-party survey, the Cisco Connected Government Study, which was conducted last month by Clarus Research.

400 government IT decision makers (federal, state and local) were included, and the results show that reducing costs and increasing security continue to be top priorities for government IT decision makers. In the face of budget challenges, a majority (59%) of government IT decision makers said they are still likely to increase investment in cyber security over the next year, followed by cloud computing (45%) and networking (42%), according to a new Cisco Connected Government survey.

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A Weekly Dose of Cyber Security Awareness

In any given week, one doesn't need to look very far to be reminded of the events and issues that can surface anytime, anywhere, and to anyone. Given their modes of occurrence, range of diverse levels, technical, non-technical, and globally, wouldn't it be convenient to have a brief synopsis and analysis of the events and issues? A weekly publication from Cisco, the Cyber Risk Report, is available now to give you the awareness and insight related to these security events and issues. The Cyber Risk Report provides a lot of information that conveys thought-provoking analyses and perspective.

Why the Cyber Risk Report Matters

There are several benefits of this publication. The report provides current information on multiple topics saving you time from sifting through all of the media outlets. It can minimize your blind spots and broaden your understanding of the nature of the factors contributing to the weekly events being reported. It is not uncommon for these issues and events to surface simply because the victims have not seen them coming. The bad guys are betting on this. Is this the only source of knowledge needed? Of course not, but the Cyber Risk Report is certainly a great resource to gain insight and keep a pulse on the constantly evolving security landscape.

What the Cyber Risk Report Offers

The Cyber Risk Report contains a summary and analyses of events and issues that transpired in the week leading up to its publication. Every week a specialized team of Cisco security analysts meets to create its content based on a review of several information sources. This content is organized into categories that I have highlighted in red as shown in the snapshot below.

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Figure 1: Cyber Risk Report Example

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Unsampled Netflow – Why it’s Important for Cybersecurity

Quick question for IT leaders - can the switches on your network report 100% unsampled netflow?  If they can’t, there may be elusive cybersecurity threats hiding within your network. Yes, inside your network.

Every week, I hear stories of intellectual property (IP) loss and personal identifying information (PII) being compromised. This is due in part to many agencies still approaching cybersecurity the way they always have - guarding the edges to keep threats out. But that’s not enough anymore. With malware now being custom-written to bypass the perimeter, external drives plugged in, and the ever-present possibility of tricked or malicious insiders, monitoring inside the network is now one of the most effective ways to find and eliminate threats.

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