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Securing the New Workspace

September 24, 2012 at 7:30 am PST
  • 100% IT is struggling to keep up with mobility trends
  • Mobile threats have doubled from 2010 to 2011
  • Around four in ten American users are likely to click on an unsafe link

And with all of these changing dynamics, user expectations continue to rise while the risk of security vulnerabilities rises. Yet, one of the expectations is a demand for safe access to essential business productivity and collaboration applications from anywhere, on any device (personal or organization acquisition), along with a consistent experience across multiple device types. This is the new workspace.

So, how do recent data center security enhancements play an important role in an ever more mobile and Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) reality?  The reality of the ever-increasing proliferation of devices for each user gives rise to a need for increased scalability and security in the data center even more evident. Users who bring their own device expect a good experience accessing the applications that reside in the data center.  IT wants to ensure that applications delivered from the data center or internally are appropriately accessed and protected from any malicious actions. Securing a mobile and BYOD environment does not simply start at the endpoint; it must take an architectural approach from endpoint traffic traversing through the network to the data center.  Cisco takes a comprehensive approach to securing applications, content, and devices delivered to any workspace, in any location, based on type and posture, location and time, and user’s role—ensuring an uncompromised user experience and giving your employees the freedom to be highly productive.

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The Three Pillars to Cisco’s Secure Data Center Strategy: Part 3 Visibility

In this last part of this series I will discuss the top customer priority of visibility.  Cisco offers customers the ability to gain insight into what’s happening in their network and, at the same time, maintain compliance and business operations.

But before we dive into that let’s do a recap of part two of our series on Cisco’s Secure Data Center Strategy on threat defense. In summary, Cisco understands that to prevent threats both internally and externally it’s not a permit or deny of data, but rather that data needs deeper inspection. Cisco offers two leading platforms that work with the ASA 5585-X Series Adaptive Security Appliance to protect the data center and they are the new IPS 4500 Series Sensor platform for high data rate environments and the ASA CX Context Aware Security for application control.  To learn more go to part 2 here.

As customers move from the physical to virtual to cloud data centers, a challenge heard over is over is that they desire to maintain their compliance, security, and policies across these varying instantiations of their data center. In other words, they want to same controls in the physical world present in the virtual – one policy, one set of security capabilities.  This will maintain compliance, overall security and ease business operations.

By offering better visibility into users, their devices, applications and access controls this not only helps with maintaining compliance but also deal with the threat defense requirements in our overall data center.  Cisco’s visibility tools gives our customers the insight they need to make decisions about who gets access to what kinds of information, where segmentation is needed, what are the boundaries in your data center, whether these boundaries are physical or virtual and the ability to do the right level of policy orchestration to maintain compliance and the overall security posture.  These tools have been grouped into three key areas: management and reporting, insights, and policy orchestration.

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What We Can Learn from South Korea

I recently returned from Seoul, South Korea, where I gave the keynote address at the 2012 KISDI International Conference. My talk, “The Next Generation of the Internet—Revolutionizing the Way We Work, Live, Play, and Learn,” focused on the key trends shaping the next generation of the Internet and the implications for players in the ITC industry and government policy/regulation. However, based on what I observed in Seoul, much of the future has already arrived in South Korea.

Besides the ultra-modern skyscrapers of Seoul, South Korea has the highest domestic penetration rate of Read More »

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Plan for Your Network Evolution with Cisco Unified Access [Infographic]

September 19, 2012 at 8:30 am PST

Say you were on an advisory board for a city where population growth, traffic congestion, and demand for services (ambulances, police, & firefighters) presented major challenges, what actions would you suggest the city to take?  Similarly, say you were managing IT operations for your company, what actions would you put in place to respond to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend and the potential impact on your network as users flood it with tons of iPads, Ultrabooks and other personal devices?

Before you rush out of the door to take action, you may want to ask yourself two questions:
- Is my action plan going to deliver a consistent and high quality user experience?
- Is my action plan sustainable, given the demand, available IT headcount and budgetary resources?

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History as a guide to SDN’s coming evolution

August 8, 2012 at 1:34 pm PST

I developed Intelligent Network (IN) services and platforms during the early 1990s.  With IN, Unix based controllers were connected to traditional telephone switches to perform both obscure as well as massively deployed phone services.  Some of these services had very large centralized routing databases controlling the ultimate trunk/path selection of calls. Read More »

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