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Cisco meets 24

October 6, 2011 at 10:02 am PST

These just keep getting better! Reminiscent of Jack Bauer and Chloe O’Brian’s heroics on 24, check out the new animated mini-movie from Cisco in the continuing “Ike” series:

For those who may be unaware of the series, Ike Theodore (IT) Willis is the (mostly) silent IT guy who thwarts theft, fraud, and other calamities in a not-so-smooth fashion. He’s essentially James Bond’s awkward younger cousin who got an engineering degree instead of joining the British Secret Service. He’s a bit of an everyman, and especially relatable for those of us with a love for technology. Read More »

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Hands on with the Identify Services Engine

September 20, 2011 at 12:40 pm PST

It is so critical that we make it easier for people to get on and off the network in a secure fashion. Cisco has made incredible strides merging access control platforms that have done well over the years yet still required heavier configuration and/or manual intervention.   Not any longer…The Cisco Identity Services Engine or ISE, is a game changer that has already been well received by the market and yet just keeps improving.

We featured the ISE in one of our Fundamentals animations but felt like even more could be done, especially in light of new wireless only pricing recently rolled out. This is a great step forward for a business looking to make incremental steps potentially starting now in an area that is always in need of improvement, guest access.

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Top Cisco Partner Headlines, in less than 5 Minutes

June 16, 2011 at 2:18 pm PST

It’s been a busy couple of weeks around here and we’ve got a fresh batch of news for partners!

In this week’s Partner Update newscast, Andrew finds out that even though an actual cloud can’t stream his music, Cisco’s new Cloud Partner Program offers everything partners need to capitalize on the growth of cloud, which is expected to reach $172 billion by the year 2014.

We also get to hear Andrew’s top video tips, find out why his suit needs to go to the dry cleaners, learn about networking myths, find out how one customer deployed VXI and virtual desktops, and we answer your technical questions.

Watch this week’s Partner Update newscast.

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Identity Services Engine: Your Frequently Asked Questions – Answered!

June 13, 2011 at 9:21 am PST

Your Questions: Answered

This post is the first in a new series we’ll be featuring called Your Questions: Answered. In this series, we track down the answers to partners’ toughest technical questions. You can submit your questions here, post on the Cisco Channels Facebook page, or drop us a note on Twitter.

When Cisco recently introduced the Identity Services Engine (ISE), you likely started fielding questions, with many customers concerned about whether Cisco Network Admission Control (NAC) and Cisco Access Control System (ACS) will cease to be supported or become end-of-life. (Kind of like how I felt when the iPhone 4 came out and I was stuck with the iPhone 3G).

To help you address customer questions, I went out looking for answers on what’s up with ISE, NAC, and ACS. First up, a little about ISE: It has similar functionality to NAC and ACS, combining the functionality of those two existing products onto a new platform. Your customers can gather information from users, devices, infrastructure, and network services to enable organizations to enforce contextual-based business policies across the network, create and enforce consistent policy from the head office to the branch office, and combine authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA), posture, profiling, and guest management with this single product. And that’s just the beginning--I’ll share details on how to find out more about ISE later in this blog.

Back to the issue at hand — I chatted with Brian Sak, Cisco’s Consulting Systems Engineer and expert on Borderless Networks Security products. He filled me in on the most frequently asked questions that he’s been getting from partners around ISE.

Are NAC and ACS being replaced by ISE?
No, both NAC and ACS have ongoing roadmaps, developments, and new releases planned. If ISE does not meet your customer’s current needs, your customers can still use NAC or ACS. Cisco will not stop innovations on NAC and ACS anytime in the near future.

Should I encourage my NAC and ACS customers to migrate to ISE now?
The answer varies based on your customers and their requirements. Check out this handy chart in the Partner Community Discussion Forum (log in required) to help you determine if ISE is the right fit, right now for your customers.

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The Gap Between Policy and Implementation

Mark Twain once wrote, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody ever does anything about it.” Security policy is a lot like that. Creating a security policy is at the top of the list for anyone looking to really secure their network. But the devil is in the details.

Among the things a security policy needs to cover are:

  • All users
  • All physical and virtual devices
  • All access methods
  • All resource classifications and locations
  • All compliance requirements
  • All of the OSI layers, from the physical layer up the stack to the application layer
  • AND the policy needs to be applied uniformly across the entire distributed enterprise

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