We are currently in Cybersecurity month here in the United States, which is to say that our country is trying to raise our awareness in regard to our virtual protection.
So, Cyber Security? What is security for cyberspace…? It’s difficult at times to think of an imaginary border that protects networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. Unauthorized access… so hacking? Yes, but more devious with results that could even lead to injury or death of our population.
Imagine what would happen if, all of a sudden, one of our major cyber systems were “hacked”… What does that mean for us? Think. Just about our whole existence revolves around cyberspace. That’s right, systems operate virtually to be able to manage simple things like pay roll all the way to complex things like flight plans, take-off and landing. Cyberspace is where your Facebook lives, Twitter, personal email accounts, and all of your personal finance information. Has your account ever been hacked by a friend posting a funny blurb on your account? Or has your identity been stolen by a hacker? With technology becoming an extension of ourselves, it’s just important to protect ourselves. Let’s not create an episode of J.J. Abrams “Revolution” if we can avoid it…
What can we do about it? That’s the point of this month is for “us”… yes, us plain ole citizens, to be more proactive in protecting ourselves, our communities, and ultimately our country.
This is what the Department of Homeland Security says about how we can start protecting ourselves:
“Americans can follow simple steps to keep themselves, their personal assets, and private information safe online. Here are a few tips all Internet users can do to practice cyber security during National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) and throughout the year:
- Set strong passwords and don’t share them with anyone.
- Keep your operating system, browser, and other critical software optimized by installing updates.
- Maintain an open dialogue with your family, friends, and community about Internet safety.
- Limit the amount of personal information you post online and use privacy settings to avoid sharing information widely.
- Be cautious about what you receive or read online – if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”
Here is a glance at Cisco’s part in cybersecurity.
Check out this blog by Chris Coleman titled “The Virtual Maginot Line” and also be looking for blogs by other members of Cisco that are revolving around Cybersecurity month.
This is very simple. We have roughly 2 weeks left in this month. Let’s all do our part.
To learn more about the strategies mentioned in the video, visit OnGuardOnline.gov and DHS.gov/Cybersecurity.
Tags: Cisco, cybersecurity, cyberspace, government, Homeland Security, national cybersecurity awareness month, technology
I had the opportunity to attend Meeting of the Minds in San Francisco last week. It was an amazing event that brought together thought leaders from the world’s most innovative organizations to spotlight fresh ideas in urban connectivity and sustainability.
The emerging themes centered around innovation, leadership, and enabling connectivity. While there and after the first day of sessions, my team had the pleasure of catching up with Gordon Feller, director of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG) Public Sector Practice, Urban Innovations team and convenor and co-founder of Meeting of the Minds, to capture his insights. Check out the video:
Read More »
Tags: cloud, connected cities, data in motion, government, meeting of the minds, motm, san francisco, Smart City, Sustainability
For this week’s final Public Sector BYOD Thursday post, I wanted to discuss a survey that illustrated what employees want and need when it comes to IT in the workplace:
- Control over the work experience—the ability to use technology to personal preference, in ways that improve productivity and enhance job satisfaction.
- Choice when it comes to devices and the ability to use preferred, personally owned devices to complete work-related tasks.
- Flexibility to perform personal activities at work and work activities on personal time.
- Mobility that enables anytime, anywhere connections to colleagues, customers and partners.
Read More »
Tags: architecture, byod, collaboration, connectivity, desktop virtualization, education, government, IT, mobile, mobile collaboration, mobile-ready, public sector, unified workspace, virtualization
What does the future hold for our cities?
Previous centuries saw industrial infrastructure (such as rail, highways, and telephone lines) paving the way for new cities – and for a host of new connections. Now, change is being driven by a global “network of networks” that is making it possible for everything to become connected to everything else. In 2001, about 300 million devices—computers, cell phones, PDAs—were connected. By 2010, this web of invisible connections had expanded to include everything from cars and lights to buildings and security cameras. Read More »
Tags: Cisco, Cities, collaboration, digital city, future, government, IBSG, ICT, infrastructure, internet, meeting of the minds, network, san francisco
When police chiefs from around the world and other international community policing leaders come together with technology, you get innovative solutions that make the world a safer place. The Annual International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference and Law Enforcement Education and Technology Exposition (IACP) does just that. It showcases technology and brings together global leadership in community policing and public safety to share information and experiences and to work together to find innovative solutions to issues facing law enforcement of today.
In attending numerous educational sessions lead by today’s leadership within community policing and public safety, we’re seeing some common themes emerging with respect to challenges. Some key insights have been as follows: Read More »
Tags: Big Data, chief of police, cloud, Community Policing, Connected Justice, government, IACP, law enforcement, mobility, police, technology