The Internet of Things (IoT) has made a profound impact on our lives. However, it also means that more personal information and business data will be passed back and forth in the cloud, and with that comes new security risks, new attack surfaces, and new kinds of attacks. And with an unprecedented number of companies staking the future of their businesses on the pervasive connectedness that the IoT world promises, business leaders need to empower their technical teams to create secure IoT networks.
Most organizations deploy disparate technologies and processes to protect key elements of their businesses, including the information technology (IT) that is typically focused on information protection and operational technology (OT) charged with managing control networks that support critical infrastructure, as well as physical spaces. I recently encountered a company that implements more than 80 security products for different tasks. Many of these systems don’t work together, which in turn limits the level of security this company can achieve.
In an IoT environment, we need to accommodate the priorities of both IT and OT networks, balance physical safety and security requirements, and also begin to implement cybersecurity solutions to equally protect all networks from attack. Solutions must be put into place to protect the device, control levels of the network, and the data contained and shared. We need to shift our mindset from considering each object in isolation, to looking at the whole. Attackers are taking a holistic view of the IoT and defenders must do the same.
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I recently wrote about how we are extending Cisco Entrepreneurs in Residence (EIR) and our open innovation strategy beyond Silicon Valley through local incubation partners in Chicago, San Diego and Berkeley. Our presence in these innovation hubs will enable us to discover, influence and learn from new ideas and talent at early-stage startups with potential to disrupt our industry.
Today, I am pleased to announce the launch of Cisco EIR Europe, extending our program to a non-U.S. innovation hub for the first time. Cisco EIR will be located initially in Vienna, where we plan to launch a small cohort of early-stage European startups by January 2015 – to be supported & incubated by Cisco – drawn from across EMEAR. As with Cisco EIR in Silicon Valley, we will look for game-changing entrepreneurs in IoE, security, Big Data/analytics, Smart Cities & other transformational opportunities that are in Cisco’s strategic line of sight. Also as in our Silicon Valley program, the startups will be supported by Cisco engineering & product teams as well as our EMEAR partner ecosystem. The Vienna-based program is intended to serve as the beachhead – our “Phase 1” – for a broader EU-wide footprint for Cisco EIR.
Key to our success is how we leverage the startup ecosystem that already exists in Europe. To this end, starting in Vienna, we have partnered with Pioneers, a leading startup community organization in Europe. More partnerships are in the works.
I know all of you will agree innovation knows no national boundaries. Europe, with its deep entrepreneurial talent, large market and history of innovation, presents a unique opportunity for us. Europe is also one of the key regions for our Smart Cities – as you saw from our recent announcement of a new Smart Cities initiative in Copenhagen, following similar projects in Barcelona, Amsterdam Chicago and Hamburg.
We are thrilled to forge relationships in the European startup community – and support entrepreneurs as partners in open innovation.
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Connecting the Unconnected
“The Internet of Things is the next technology transition where devices will allow us to sense and control the physical world by making objects smarter and connecting them through an intelligent network”, Lindsay Hiebert, Senior Marketing Manager, Internet of Things, Cisco Systems
The Internet of Things in a Manufacturing Plant Environment
The Internet of Things is the network of physical objects accessed through the Internet. These objects contain embedded technology to interact with internal states or the external environment. This technology allows objects within such places as manufacturing floors, energy grids, healthcare facilities, and transportation systems to be controlled from virtually anywhere in the world. This connectivity also means more data can be gathered from more places, with more ways to increase efficiency and improve safety and security. The Internet of Things and the Internet of Everything (people, process, data and things) is about connecting the unconnected.
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Multiple changes are on the horizon for public sector information technology managers. Over the next two years, IT organizations could be heavily impacted by these transformations, via a very distinct series of events. Government and education CIOs, program managers, and business process planners will need to keep an eye on these looming changes as they embark on long-range IT plans.
IDC Government Insights recently worked with Cisco to develop a detailed InfoBrief – as a way of highlighting these crucial issues. It’s titled Public Sector Reacts Positively to the Changes in IT Consumption.
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Tags: cloud, education, government, internet of things, IoT, IT Consumption, ITConsumption, mobility
As the Internet of Everything (IoE) continues to drive one of the most sweeping market transitions in history, organizations will need to be hyper-aware, predictive, and agile. And IT will demand an infrastructure that is flexible enough to keep pace with rapid change and fast innovation, as it responds dynamically to ever-rising threat levels. Above all, it must support business leaders looking to capture their share of the $19 trillion in IoE-related value at stake.
But a rethink on the traditional role of IT is critical. Today, IT cannot simply continue “keeping the lights on.” More than ever, IT must partner with the business as an orchestrator of services and a true leader in innovation. The new IT operating model for the IoE era is Fast IT. And it enables more efficient processes, better asset utilization, an increasingly productive employee base, and improved customer experiences.
Fast IT is the way forward for businesses looking to compete and thrive in the rapidly changing IoE economy. Is your organization ready for the transformation?
Here are a few questions to consider as you evaluate your organization’s readiness:
- How confident are you in your current network’s ability to propel your business into the future?
- What are your top three concerns about your network?
- What are the criteria you see as crucial for your organization to adopt a Fast IT model?
- How will next-gen networking affect your IT staff, role and influence?
Join me on Twitter this Friday, July 18 at 10 a.m. PST/1 p.m. EST for insights and feedback about the #FutureOfIT, the #InternetofEverything and your organization in the #InnovateThink Tweet Chat.
Follow @JosephMBradley to learn more about the Internet of Everything and how companies must embrace Fast IT to fully maximize the value of the Internet of Everything for both themselves and their customers. Join the discussion by simply using hashtags #InnovateThink and #FutureOfIT on Twitter to join the conversation.
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