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Michael Fuhrman

Vice President

Security Services and Cloud Operations

Michael is Vice President of Security Services and Cloud Operations at Cisco.  With data center operations in 20+ countries, his group is responsible for collection of telemetry, processing of threat intelligence, securing billions of web page views, and delivery of subscription updates to Cisco platforms around the globe to create Cisco’s Security Intelligence Operations (SIO).  

Prior to this current role, Michael was Director of Engineering in charge of Cisco’s Intrusion Prevention product line, managing a global team of engineers that delivered IPS solutions across Cisco’s security and routing/switching platforms.  Michael has 20 years of experience in the threat defense and network security fields.

Michael graduated from The Citadel with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering and holds a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas – San Antonio.  Following graduation, he served in the US Air Force in a variety of engineering and intelligence roles.  Michael joined Cisco in 1998 through the acquisition of WheelGroup.

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February 5, 2015

SECURITY

Be More Effective, Be More Efficient: The Mantra for Many Adversaries in 2014

Adversaries are committed to continually refining or developing new techniques to conceal malicious activity, decrease their reliance on other techniques that may be more detectable, and become increasingly more efficient and effective in their attacks. Below are just three examples—explored in detail in the newly released Cisco 2015 Annual Security Report—of how malicious actors met […]

September 18, 2014

SECURITY

Mobile Cloud Security: What CXOs Need to Know

As organizations seek ways to maintain real-time connections with their workforce and customers in an increasingly digital and mobile-centered world, the growth of mobile cloud will be a major force in shaping the business landscape and future tech decisions. The first blog post in this series, by Padmasree Warrior, explores how the convergence of mobility […]

October 15, 2013

SECURITY

Mobility: No Longer a Risky Business?

Risk. It’s not just a strategic board game; in business it’s the analysis that determines the potential for loss. In today’s organization, the consumerization of IT has led to groundbreaking developments in the mobility space. The broad deployment of BYOD, coupled with the availability of corporate data and applications, have challenged how we define security. […]

October 10, 2013

WIRELESS AND MOBILITY

As Mobile Social Usage and Constant Connectivity Increases, Security A Top Concern

Survey results from an IDC study recently revealed that people are relying more and more on their smart mobile device as their primary tool for communication and connecting. The...

Network Threats Are Hitching a Ride in Mobile Environments [Crosspost]

Protecting Your Business in an “Any to Any” World Innovation never stops in the mobile world, and that rule applies to security threats as well. Network attacks are becoming more sophisticated and even high-tech businesses with the most advanced security may find themselves in the crosshairs as we shift to more devices and anywhere access. […]

March 26, 2013

SECURITY

Network Threats Are Hitching a Ride in Mobile Environments

Innovation never stops in the mobile world, and that rule applies to security threats as well. Network attacks are becoming more sophisticated and even high-tech businesses with the most advanced security may find themselves in the crosshairs as we shift to more devices and anywhere access. Just a few weeks ago, multiple leading social networking […]