The Global Certification Team is proud to collaborate with our colleagues across the globe. Today we have a guest post by Mark Jackson <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Technical Solutions Architect, Cisco UK. Mark will be sharing about the recent PEPAS certification of the Cisco ISR G2 and ASR1000.
The Public Services Network (PSN) is at the heart of the UK Government ICT Strategy and aims to deliver significant cost savings against the current £16.5bn annual ICT spend whilst at the same time providing the foundation to enable the government to transform the way in which it delivers services to the citizen. Maintaining security within the PSN is critical to its success and as such, CESG and the Cabinet Office have laid down a range of technical and information assurance standards against which vendors must comply.
In the UK Government, classified information is protectively marked based on the resulting impact to business should the information be compromised. Often shortened to IL (Impact Level), there are seven levels ranging from IL0 to IL6 where IL6 has the highest impact. The discipline of information assurance (IA) is used to provide confidence that systems systems handling protectively marked information do so in a robust fashion. Effective IA is widely seen as providing an important role in reducing the Nation’s vulnerabilities to cyber attack (Nation Cyber Security Strategy) and takes on a wide range of forms across the domains of technology, people and process. In the technology domain, the use of assured products is a key element in providing confidence that classified information will remain protected in accordance with its IL marking.
Within the context of the PSN, the baseline infrastructure will be assured to protect IL2 information passing in the clear; IL2 is used by many government departments and local authorities. The PSN will also be used extensively to transport IL3 information, more often seen in central government departments and law enforcement. In the PSN, protecting IL3 information requires the use of CESG assured cryptography and historically this has meant CAPS Baseline assured devices. CAPS devices are often criticised for their high cost and complexity of management, requiring customers to deploy two physical devices per site; a situation that is clearly not ideal when the primary goal of the PSN is to reduce cost. The CESG PEPAS assurance scheme was developed specifically to address the information assurance requirements of for using commercial-grade cryptography to deliver large-scale secure network overlay solutions for IL3 information within the PSN.
Cisco are pleased to announce that their ISR G2 and ASR 1000 Series routers have successfully completed and passed CESG PEPAS evaluation and can be used to support the secure transportation of IL3 information in the PSN. This announcement provides our customers and partners with the confidence to deploy Cisco IPsec VPN technology to protect IL3 information, whilst at the same time taking advantage of the wide range of capabilities offered by the ISR G2 and ASR 1000 series platforms. The Cisco ISR G2 and ASR 1000 series deliver an all-in-one solution combining WAN and IPsec VPN termination, whilst at the same time being able to deliver non-encrypted IL2 transport and additional services such as firewalling, application optimisation and voice.
Thank you to everyone who visited the Cisco NRF booth last month. We had a huge of amount traffic and a number of exciting demonstrations plus the announcement of our “Catch Em and Keep Em” consumer research study. We also shot a number of videos from the show floor which I hope you all enjoy.
We announced the new Catch Em and Keep Em consumer research on how retailers can attract and retain channel hopping shoppers. The research is now avialable for download here
Today we are announcing Cisco CloudVerse, an integrated set of capabilities that enables customers to deliver cloud applications and services by uniquely combining the unified data center and cloud intelligent network. CloudVerse is the culmination of Cisco’s data center and network innovation over the last few years and provides our customer with the platform for their journey to the cloud. CloudVerse enables our customers to deliver cloud applications and services with a cloud platform tailored to their needs – whether private, public, or hybrid – in an interconnected world of many clouds.
CloudVerse enables service providers, governments, and enterprises to offer their solutions as a service and deliver them with the full benefits of clouds. CloudVerse’s benefits are greater simplicity in deployment and management of cloud services, stronger security with a more comprehensive approach, faster service agility, improved economics, and an assured experience for cloud users.
CloudVerse integrates the three key elements of a business-class cloud:
Unified Data Center – Bringing together the compute, network, management, and storage elements to offer an integrated platform for applications and services
Cloud Applications and Services – Cisco offers a set of pre-tested applications and services for those companies looking to build and provide cloud services to individuals, businesses, and their own organizations
Let’s dive a bit deeper into what these CloudVerse pillars are comprised of.
Dateline Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Citrix Summit and Synergy, October 2011
Last post I said I’d get back to you to give you, at least, my opinion of why Citrix and Cisco are partnering up. As you might have seen from the dateline above, it’s easy to find out when you get to Citrix Summit and Synergy. It has to do with the global and ubiquitous Cisco networks deployed by organizations everywhere. Citrix is doing great with XenApp (last I heard, well over 50,000,000 licenses) and is poised to do even better with XenDesktop.