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#CiscoChampion Radio, S3|Ep. 3. 2016 Cisco Annual Security Report

#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists. Today we’re discussing the 2016 Cisco Annual Security Report with Cisco Subject Matter Expert Tim Gurganus.

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Cisco Guest

Tim Gurganus (@hotzoner), Security Incident Manager at Cisco

Tim is a Security Incident Manager with Cisco Active Threat Analytics. He monitors security of Cisco’s largest customers, including Hospitals, financial service companies, and others. He helps to make sure a method exists to detect and mitigate attacks across Cisco’s customers. Tim contributed to the threat intelligence section of the Annual Security Report.

Cisco Champion Hosts

  • Brandon Carroll (@brandoncarroll), Network Security Solutions Engineer
  • Jake Gillen  (@jakegillen), Senior Security Engineer
  • Chris Brown (@ChrisKnowsIT), Senior Network Operations Manager

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Link Arms Against the Attackers: Observations from the 2016 Cisco ASR

Remember 2007, when the underground economy began to flourish, using simple protocols and static subnet ranges to control their infrastructure? That was the same year Cisco published the first Annual Security Report (ASR). Nine years later, the drumbeat of cyberthreats grow louder, but the actors and threats are familiar, just as John reminded us when this year’s report was released.

Cyber-crime stats

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Tune in to Networking Field Day 11 – Switching Innovation—Everything Runs on Switching

networkingtechfielddayNetworking Field Day 11 is tomorrow and will be live streaming this Thursday, January 21st, from 2:00-4:00pm.

For the uninitiated, Tech Field Day is an event hosted by Cisco where delegates come and listen to a technical deep dive by a Cisco expert in a presentation and discussion format. These delegates range from bloggers, speakers, freelance writers, and podcasters that have a public presence that has an immense influence on ways that products and companies are perceived by IT practitioners. There are a few different branches of Tech Field Day: Networking Field Day, Wireless Field Day, Virtualization Field Day, and Storage Field Day.

#NFD11 will be a two-hour session where we’ll showcase a few different Cisco technologies to 12 delegates. We’ll be discussing the provisioning of Nexus switches using Puppet, IOS 16.x, Programmable Fabric Using VXLAN/BGP-EVPN, and LED lighting powered by Cisco Catalyst switches. Before we dive into those topics, we’ll kick-off our session with an introduction from Senior Director of Data Center and Enterprise Switching Carl Solder. Read More »

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The Wizard of nOZ (Part 1)

I am going to show you how to discover one of the best kept secrets within Cisco’s portfolio.  A service that when our customers become aware of it, it becomes a must-have for their environments!

There is no man behind the curtain, pulling strings, making various noises and effects like the famous movie inferred by the title of this blog.  This blog is about CMCS– Compliance Management and Configuration Service.  What’s that you ask? CMCS is a service that utilizes the head end management system to the collector Cisco uses in its Network Optimization Service (NOS).   CMCS is a powerful compliance, management and configuration service.

For example, what would it feel like if you could say with certainty, on any given day, that your network was in compliance with the chosen security standard for your company or industry?

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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is Still About People and Trust

This week, I’ll navigate Davos with hundreds of global business and government leaders to tackle the opportunities and obligations we have to improve the state of the world. The theme for this year, “Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,” could not hit closer to home. Klaus Schwab of WEF has defined the Fourth Industrial Revolution as the “fusion of technologies across the physical, digital and biological worlds, creating entirely new capabilities and dramatic impacts on political, social and economic systems.”

These conversations about the almost infinite potential of technology are ones we have on a daily basis at Cisco. We believe in the power of technology to transform industries and lives, and we see it moving faster every day. Our conversations, however, go far beyond the technology. They are about the people, the relationships, and the trust necessary to execute against the opportunity in front of us.

Even in a digital world where machines can now learn on their own and mimic our intelligence, it is still about people. It is people who build and benefit from the technology, and it’s also people who must adapt in order to participate in this world where technology is pervasive across every aspect of our lives.

We have much to learn from the past three industrial revolutions. In each case, the disruption of the various industries has led to a disruption of the workforce where new skills were necessary for economic survival. Often times, the reskilling of workers lagged far behind the revolution, creating significant societal challenges and even leaving much of an entire generation stranded. I know we can do better this time. In the last year, we have committed – together with the local leaders – to train nearly one million new students in countries around the world such as France, Italy, Australia, India, UK, Saudi Arabia and Germany. These public-private partnerships are immensely powerful – a country can lower unemployment while creating new, higher value jobs, and a company can address talent gaps in critical areas and train a loyal base of future employees. The time to move is now, the opportunities are significant, and the obligation is ours.

Another important focus area is the significant global shortage of security talent. As technology connects everything, the amount of data generated is growing exponentially – and it’s only going to increase. In this new world, data becomes one of the most critical assets that any organization has, and we need to start thinking of it relative to its importance to our future. This data is incredibly important, therefore protecting this data is more critical than ever. Read More »

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