Tom Hogue

Security Solutions Manager

Security Business Group

Tom is the Secure Data Center  Solution Manager at Cisco with over 20 years in developing integrated solutions with Cisco and previous roles in the industry. Previous to Tom’s current role, he led the technical marketing engineering teams in the development of several industry leading data center solutions such as the Flexpods, Vblocks, Secure Multi-tenancy, and the Hitachi Unified Compute Platform Reference Architecture. Tom was also instrumental in driving the enterprise market adoption of Cisco's Cloud Reference Architecture also known as Virtualized Multi-service Data Center Reference Architecture with the creation of Cisco's Cloud Ready Infrastructure Kits.


September 25, 2015


Point of Persistence

2 min read

Several recent cyber attacks have served as great reminders that we need to continue to re-assess how we are protecting our networks and ensure that we make no assumptions of any device being secure in the network. One example of this is “SYNFul Knock,” a type of persistent malware that allows an attacker to gain […]

August 6, 2015


The Need To Solve for Time

4 min read

Ponemon Institute called 2014 the year of the “Mega Breaches,” which will be remembered for its series of mega security breaches and attacks. These “Mega Breaches” are perfect examples of what is commonly known as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). The Ponemon Institute survey asked, among many questions, “When was the breach discovered?” Surprisingly, the results […]

February 26, 2015


The Dreaded “5-Tuple”

4 min read

If you were to ask any security administrator who had to manage the security policies across an organization, they would probably define the “5-Tuple” as a “hard to understand, cryptic method leftover from the 1990s’ policy management for implementing access control and segmentation capabilities in networks. Despite its complexity, 5-Tuple has been a mainstay in […]

July 25, 2014


Cyber Threat Management from the Boardroom Risk: Lost in Translation

5 min read

I was at the Gartner Security and Risk Management Summit at the Gaylord National Harbor and had the opportunity to attend the session, “Finding the Sweet Spot to Balance Cyber Risk,” which Tammie Leith was facilitating. During the session, the panel had been discussing how the senior leadership teams address the problem of putting their […]

May 29, 2014


RATs in Your Data Center

3 min read

News agencies like ABC News, CNN, and others have run stories on the FBI sting operation against more than 100 hackers who were involved in using and/or distributing the Blackshades RAT (articles in the hyperlinks for reference). For a mere US$40, a novice computer user can become a hacker and gain access to anyone’s computer, […]