What a week! From October 31-November 3, Cisco hosted its annual internal security event—SecCon 2011. Co-hosted by Greg Akers, SVP of Cisco’s Global Government Solutions Group and Ed Paradise, Vice President of Engineering, this marked the fourth year in which we shared the latest in product security practices, policies, processes, and thought leadership with employees who participated in live and virtual sessions around the world.
Baking Security into the Culture at Cisco – A Tip of the Hat to the Security Knowledge Empowerment Team
“Security must be built into every aspect of our systems architecture and be seamlessly compatible with our business architecture.”
– Rebecca Jacoby, Cisco Chief Information Officer
When Cisco’s CIO Rebecca Jacoby and I agreed that security would be built into every aspect of our IT systems architecture, we knew this was no small task. To some degree, security requirements were bolted on, not baked in, and what “security” meant was different from person to person in our organizations. We knew that we had to raise awareness and knowledge about security—not just among the security practitioners in our IT organization, but also with the IT generalists and those architecting applications and systems. That way, systems would be designed and embedded with security from day one. Read More »
Automation Fair is just around the corner – two weeks from now. Convergence will be alive at AF this year. My colleagues Peter Granger and Andrew Lach have blogged about Cisco’s overall presence and our social media channel, respectively.
In my video, I highlight the Innovation and Collaboration that the convergence of plant and enterprise networks enables, which we will be showcasing in our Cisco booth on the AF show floor, including:
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Error messages. Network outages. Photocopiers that spew toner in your face. These are the things that a bad day at work are made of.
But what happens when one employee has had enough and channels his inner William Wallace? Find out if he frees his fellow co-workers from the tyranny of a network gone bad. Will he enable his team to experience the freedom and enhanced business productivity that a robust network can provide? Read More »
It started with the iPhone and really picked up with the iPad. Silver haired gents in corner offices brought their new precious to IT and asked to “get on the network” or “get their email on this.” In the past, IT was able to mumble something about unsupported devices and how a random user who brought a random device was out of luck. After all, they had tested solutions in place, nice things like Windows Mobile and Blackberry, solutions that worked well with Enterprise infrastructure. These new things might be better at Angry Birds or Plants vs Zombies, but the whole BYOD/Enterprise interaction was an unknown and thus a threat and a risk. Poor IT guys got trumped though, silver haired guys said jump and eventually the answer changed from “not supported” to a more career preserving “how high?”