ISE

October 22, 2014

NETWORKING

7 Billion Reasons Why Your Company Needs Cisco ISE

Seven billion.  That’s the number of mobile-connected devices that will be trying to get on networks this year.  Now you’re probably not going to be hosting all 7 billion of them, so let’s try this number – 4.  As in, “the average number of devices that enterprise users have” is roughly 4 devices*.  Go ahead […]

October 1, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

Leverage Those APIs

Cisco IT has always strived to improve the user experience.  It is often overlooked in some IT organizations, but Cisco IT has service managers who are held accountable for the feedback they get for their service sectors.  This focus on how we perform means we are constantly pushed to improve how users interact with the […]

September 24, 2014

NETWORKING

Improve Your Business Results with Mobility and Analytics

When it comes to delivering better business outcomes, many IT people could be sitting on a virtual goldmine – particularly when it comes to location analytics. Here are some new ways that you can extract more of that valuable information from your network, and some things to think about as you add new services and […]

September 23, 2014

SECURITY

Part 1: Why Is Enabling Only Authorized Users So Complex?

In the past, a critical component of preventing threats was understanding and controlling network access and access to network resources based on role, while also denying access for unauthorized users and devices. However, assuring this secure network access has been increasingly difficult due to: Complexity in understanding more than just who, but how, by what, […]

August 20, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

The Evolution of Guest Networking

As I’ve described in my previous blogs and documents, the first capability deployed by Cisco IT for Identity Services Engine (ISE) is guest networking. Guest networking replaced an older existing solution, referred to internally as NextGen Guest Networking (NGGN). NGGN relied on about 12 servers globally and had a large access control list (ACL) to […]

July 9, 2014

INSIDE CISCO IT

Cisco IT’s Identity Services Engine Deployment: Project Planning, Personnel, and Progress

Several customers have asked me how Cisco IT does project planning for a large enterprise deployment such as the Identity Services Engine, or ISE. What’s our approach? How do we manage operational costs? How do we measure performance? What personnel are involved throughout the process? 

July 8, 2014

SECURITY

The Expanding Burden of Security

[ed. Note: This post was updated 7/9/2014 to include new information not available to the author at the time of original publishing] I just returned from the Gartner Security Summit at the Gaylord Resort in National Harbor Maryland. Each morning I took my run along the Potomac River and passed this sculpture of a man […]