Bring Your Own Margarita (I Mean Device) – Architectures, Design, and Operation

November 1, 2012 - 2 Comments

Mobility allows the expansion of Information Technology (IT) resources and application availability at anytime, anywhere, and in any possible way. Historically, many thought that “the movement” of bring your own device (BYOD) was simply a marketing tactic. However, BYOD is definitely a reality that has become crucial when trying to improve efficiency in the workplace.

Every single day a new mobile gadget is released to the market (for example, tablets, mobile phones, and many other mobile systems) and we all live in a connected world 24 hours a day 7 days a week. All these devices and social applications are introducing many security risks for enterprises and public sector organizations. These risks include threats of data theft, not only with very sophisticated attacks, but also with incidents as simple as just stealing mobile devices. Many of these devices can contain private and corporate information.

The question now is, how can we provide the benefits of  improving user productivity and flexibility without compromising network security? The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility client and the Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliances allow users to connect to their corporate network from any device based on comprehensive secure access policies. The Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client can work in conjunction with the Cisco IronPort Web security appliances and provides integration with ScanSafe.

The management and support of all these new devices cost money and IT resources, which are often rather limited. Often times new skills will be needed to maintain these devices on an ongoing basis. It is very important for network security professionals to learn effective techniques on how to maintain and troubleshoot these types of remote and mobile connections.

I invite you to attend Cisco Live in Cancun Mexico from November 6 until November 8, 2012. During this week I will be delivering an eight-hour presentation titled “TECRST-2020 – Bring Your Own Device – Architectures, Design, and Operation.” This session provides in-depth architectural, design, and operational topics that are related to the BYOD solution(s). These topics include technologies such as wireless, identity management, the Cisco AnyConnect Secure Mobility Client, Cisco ASA, ScanSafe, and many other technologies. Additionally, in this session you will learn numerous tips and best practices when troubleshooting problems related to SSL VPN and Secure Mobility.

Hope to see you next week in Mexico!

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  1. Great points. Here’s a parallel piece that addresses how Cisco addresses BYOD and mobility: