“Year’s end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us,” reflected Hal Borland, a renowned American author and journalist. As we enter 2016 it is pragmatism that matters most to network professionals. How can you address risks from as yet unknown threats? Free up time from routine network maintenance and redirect it to strategic IT tasks? Assure that your infrastructure doesn’t suffer from the use of obsolete or aging equipment? Expedite problem resolution when network issues can’t be avoided?
Here you’ll find practical answers to these and other critical questions about streamlining your network installed base management. Not all the tips originate with me. Customers shared several, while others come from years of Cisco experience in optimizing the network experience.
As more enterprises move toward digital transformation there is no better time than now to make sure your network is fit for the future. January is the month when health club memberships spike as people commit themselves to a healthier lifestyle. Why not take the opportunity to use the list below to ensure your own network’s fitness (without even leaving your desk)? Read More »
Tags: cisco support, installed base, network maintenance, network management, network support, smart net total care
From credit card numbers to medical records, small and midsize organizations hold the same sensitive information as large enterprises. We often think of multinational corporations and governments as the primary targets for cybersecurity breaches, but smaller companies face the same threats. As enterprises start to spend more on security, hackers are increasingly looking to pick lower-hanging fruit by targeting smaller organizations. In recent years, more than half of known breach victims have been organizations with less than 1,000 employees, and 66% have fewer than 10,000.
Without the large security budget or dedicated cybersecurity expertise of a major enterprise, smaller organizations struggle to implement threat intelligence solutions that can help them see suspicious activity occurring in their networks. These solutions are generally hard to deploy, difficult to use, and costly to obtain.
To help organizations of all sizes gain continuous visibility into suspicious activity occurring on their networks, we are introducing Cisco Threat Awareness Service, a threat intelligence service that enhances threat visibility by making security information available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Accessed through a web portal, this cloud-based service provides visibility into inbound and outbound network activity from the outside and highlights potential threats requiring additional attention. Cisco Threat Awareness Service requires no configuration changes, network infrastructure, or new software, so you can deploy the service quickly, easily, and cost-effectively.
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Tags: Security Advisory Services, smart net total care, SNTC, TAS, threat awareness, Threat Awareness Service, threat intelligence
This is the time of year when summer vacations end and students head back to the classroom. For those of us who have school-age children like me, it’s important that we know that their academic environment provides access to tools and information that will ensure successful learning. Knowledge of our children’s academic resources gives us the power to help shape their educational outcomes.
Perhaps surprisingly, improving young minds is a bit like improving network operations. As in academia, IT environments are highly dynamic – networks support multiple office locations, configurations change frequently to meet business demands and applications require flexibility to meet future trends, such as the Internet of Everything (IoE). Network operations are optimized when IT teams have access to the resources and device data they need to ensure successful business outcomes.
School is in Session: A Network Operations Aptitude Quiz
Do you know if you have all right automation and analytic tools to effectively manage the operational lifecycle of your network equipment? Here’s a simple network “IQ” test to find out. For the following questions, answer “yes” or “no”: Read More »
Tags: Internet of Everything, IoE, network optimization, smart net total care
I speak with Cisco customers regularly. The topic of the Internet of Everything (IoE) comes up often. Put simply, their concerns can be summed up in a single question: How can I prepare for the network of tomorrow when it’s difficult to keep pace with managing the fast-moving complexity of my network today?
IoT: So Many Vulnerabilities. So Little Time and Resources. So Much at Stake.
Research firm IDC predicts there will be over 28 billion connected devices installed by 2020, while fellow analyst Gartner forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use in 2015, up 30 percent from 2014, and will reach 25 billion by 2020.
An example of one industry that’s moving to meet this opportunity is retailing. Like me, I’m sure you’ve noticed the change in your shopping experience — whether it’s contextual matching of products to your personal profile or in-store product or pricing comparisons using your mobile device.
But moving into the revolutionary digital retail environment enabled by the Internet of Things doesn’t come without risk. New connectedness brings new security threats. For the typical network administrator a major security issue like the Heartbleed bug can quickly turn into a bad case of heartburn. What’s the nature of the vulnerability? What devices are impacted? How do I respond? When you combine these questions with the day to day demands of directly supporting end-users, answering technical questions, resolving network issues, writing scripts, creating reports, monitoring systems and managing version controls, it’s not surprising that a network operations team can be overwhelmed. And that’s before the growing connectivity fueled by the Internet of Things. Read More »
Tags: Internet of Everything, IoT, IT management, network security, smart net total care, SMARTnet
Let’s face it. Danger lurks inside every enterprise network, and when it hits, addressing the crisis with manual processes that are inefficient and error-prone can take days – or even weeks – to resolve. If you’ve ever been in a situation like this, minutes can seem like hours. You’re aware that not only is fast problem resolution critical, but that the displaced effort and incremental time incurred by you or your staff in resolving the issue is detrimental as well. Crisis preparation can help. But fire drills often don’t compare to the real thing. To avoid constantly reacting to problems, many enterprises are harnessing automation to gain greater visibility into their network infrastructure to proactively manage and defeat danger before it occurs.
What you don’t know can hurt you
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Tags: automation, installed base, network inventory, smart net total care, SMARTnet, SNTC