So, I got locked out of my Cisco “everything” account recently. At first I thought it was just my home router acting up, but after a couple days I called IT for help, and they asked me to reset my router, and my modem, and then when that was done they informed me that maybe my password had expired.
Long way of getting to the story. I hate when my password expires. We have pretty stringent rules about passwords here at Cisco. I appreciate that. I just don’t want to change my password. You see I have (guessing) at least 20 sites that I use, all have different password requirements. Some have unique requirements for User Names too.
So I have figured out that from now on, the day that I change my company password I am changing all of my other account passwords too. At least within Cisco they synchronize all of the passwords. But I still have all my individual accounts, and I’m quite sure they sit there and watch, here comes that idiot, requesting a new password. Why can’t these people remember their password, they likely wonder while they smirk.
To some degree it is a matter of how often you go to the website, I suppose. Read More »
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.
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.
The Cisco 4Q10 Global Threat Report is now available for download. The report showcases data from the 4th calendar quarter (October 1, 2010 -- December 31, 2010). The report also provides a snapshot of Rustock activity for the second half of 2010, as well as the year over year Web malware encounter rates from 2007 -- 2010. Contributing teams included Cisco IPS, Remote Management Services for Security (RMS), IronPort, and ScanSafe.
Since we were writing the report in January 2011 (the 7th anniversary of the MyDoom email worm), it seemed appropriate to include some stats on old worm activity. It really underscores the cumulative problem of malware -- not only does IT need to combat the millions of new threats, but also contend with many of the old ones as well.
Highlights from the report include:
Web malware grew by 139 percent in 2010 compared to 2009
Search engine-related traffic resulted in approximately 8 percent of web malware encountered in 4Q10
Rustock botnet activity peaked during the first two weeks of December
Users flocked to BitTorrent in the wake of the WikiLeaks.org shutdown, presumably as an alternate source of leaked U.S. State Department cables
Global spam levels decreased dramatically in the fourth quarter, following a trend that started in August 2010
Watch Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior talk about her “mind-blowing” experience at this year’s World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. She mingled with experts from around the world discussing topics like cloud computing, security, and hyper connectivity.
“The breadth and depth of the expertise that comes together in one place from around the world is simply mind blowing.”