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What Works with Security Risks: The Carrot or the Stick?

We just wrapped up an intense focus on security at RSA in San Francisco this past week. Thousands of IT professionals gathered from near and far to discuss the latest advances, trends, and concerns around securing our businesses. All happening against a backdrop of political unrest, from Dubai to Egypt and even to Wisconsin–projected on to the internet for all to see. At the same time, The New York Times reported that the Canadian government had been hit by a cyber-attack in early January that created an internet blackout for nearly two months. It got me thinking: As the world becomes smaller—or we gain visibility into events and occurrences not possible before—how does that impact our spheres of influence? And if cybercrime is your domain, how does this shape your thought process or approach?

Interestingly, I had the pleasure of sitting on a panel at RSA, which included Jeff Moss, Director and Founder of Black Hat and DefCon and member of President Obama’s Homeland Security Advisory Council; Tim Wilson, Editor in Chief, Dark Reading; and Eric Aarrestad, VP of Marketing, WatchGuard. Jeff provided rich commentary on the business of cybercrime from the criminals’ perspective—what’s in demand, what gets noticed, etc. And Tim provided the balance to that equation, offering a view into what his readers mostly want to know about: What are the latest threats. Makes sense, but the problem with that is that it sets up your security posture as reactive, rather than strategic.

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Geeking Out on Cisco Security Solutions at RSA 2011

RSA—the annual security conference that draws IT professionals from around the world—has been taking place this week in downtown San Francisco. At this year’s event, Cisco had a booth that highlighted innovative security solutions spanning from the data center to cloud networks, showing how to protect the evolving network infrastructure.

Tom Gillis, Vice President and General Manager of Cisco’s Security Technology Business Unit, also addressed the conference during a keynote session, at which he introduced SecureX, Cisco’s security architecture, which makes security context-aware.

I made a trip down to RSA to geek out on some new products and to find out all the relevant security information that you, our partners, will want to know. I met with several Cisco managers at the Cisco booth who walked me though some demos of the products Cisco is showing.

Keep reading for links and more details on Cisco’s security solutions, and how they can benefit you, your customers, and your business

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Cisco at RSA 2011

The past year has been an interesting one in IT in general, and security in particular. We have seen the continued growth of Internet traffic, the ongoing rise of the could, the consumerization of IT and the growth of social networks, all making the challenge of delivering secure, reliable, seamless connectivity to increasingly distributed users on a proliferating forest of increasingly diverse devices. With new challenges like government-backed cyberwar efforts such as Stuxnet, hacktivism and not so anonymous DDoS attacks, a big mobility push and an emphasis on telework, IT and security groups have their hands full.

Come join us at RSA 2011 in Moscone Center in San Francisco. The show is running February 14-18 and we are excited to be showing some of our latest and greatest security solutions and technologies at Booth 1717.

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Introducing the new security architecture

One of the reasons I like the security industry is that it’s always changing—and right now, it’s changing faster than ever. The next five years are going to be a period of significant change, driven by three major trends: the consumerization of the end point, the adoption of cloud computing, and the increasing use of high-definition video conferencing systems like Cisco TelePresence.

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