Tuesday 26 September 2017

Cisco Intersight – A Transformative Evolution

Cisco recently introduced Cisco Intersight, a revolutionary cloud-based systems management platform. Intersight was designed to deliver significant benefits while being easy to use and simple for Cisco UCS and HyperFlex customers to transition.

End-to-end Security Management for the Next-generation Data Center with Cisco ACI and AlgoSec

Introduction: The heart of the data center, today’s business applications are highly dynamic with connectivity between the various application components that are constantly changing to support business continuity and digital transformation initiatives. This constant state of flux increases the organization’s attack surface and creates gaps in the security infrastructure, which network and security operations teams are struggling to plug.

To address these challenges, we need a solution that supports visibility, agility, automation and extensibility, while not compromising on tight security and compliance requirements.

Friday 22 September 2017

CCleaner Command and Control Causes Concern


Talos recently published a technical analysis of a backdoor which was included with version 5.33 of the CCleaner application. During our investigation we were provided an archive containing files that were stored on the C2 server. Initially, we had concerns about the legitimacy of the files. However, we were able to quickly verify that the files were very likely genuine based upon the web server configuration files and the fact that our research activity was reflected in the contents of the MySQL database included in the archived files.

Wednesday 20 September 2017

Cisco Security Connector: Built for iOS 11

Apple and Cisco have partnered to help businesses in every industry accelerate their mobile transformation. From seamless user experience with collaborative applications to Wi-Fi optimization, the partnership has been grounded in a tangible reality.

Tuesday 19 September 2017

How to Evolve Media Infrastructure, and Sleep Well at Night

Imagine you’ve made a decision to move out of your house—the one that’s faithfully served your needs in the past years—to a new one. You want your new house to be part of the digital world around you, and to enjoy all the benefits of modern technology, so you make it connected, smart, automated.

But then, you also think of the possible implications of this change. New risks that weren’t relevant to you before. What if someone uses a flaw in the smart front door lock to break in, undetected, and steal your valuables? What if someone accesses feeds from IP cameras in your home to gather private information about your family?

Introducing the First Benchmark Standard for IoT

We have reached a point where virtually every electronic device can be connected to the internet and interact with its surrounding environment. The explosive growth of the Internet of Things shows no signs of slowing down, and in fact, may actually be speeding up. We have already seen new businesses created, existing ones destroyed, and new insights derived from analytics, creating a competitive advantage for organizations which can collect large datasets and parse them, to glean actionable insights. This process is transforming every industry.

Saturday 16 September 2017

Will Driverless Cars Dream in Cisco Hues?

Google, Uber, Ford. They are the big names in driverless vehicles. But did you know Cisco is already empowering nearly every Connected Car on Earth? Through its cloud-based IoT platform, Jasper, Cisco has become a key player in Smart Car technology, helping Honda launch its connected car services across Europe and working with Hyundai to create a new concept for connected car data collection. Plus, Cisco is already partnering with communities like yours to deploy fog and speed sensors along public roads. So we can just imagine what the visionaries at Cisco have in store for driverless cars.

Thursday 14 September 2017

Introducing a New Software Subscription for Cisco DNA

Today every business model transformation, every market shift is fueled by software. Software has become the key to innovation.

Let’s take an example of your user mobility requirements. Today it serves a purpose beyond just simple connectivity. Customers expect a flawless experience irrespective of where they are, which device they use.  IT has to stay ahead of the game and is expected to deliver exceptional wireless connectivity and performance for high-density environments, simplify deployments by automating based on intent, route traffic intelligently, personalize services for users based on their location, detect attacks proactively and remediate through automation. All of these outcomes driven by analytics , automation and security are possible with Cisco’s software solutions such as Identity Services Engine (ISE), Connected Mobile Experiences (CMX), Prime Infrastructure, DNA Advantage and Essentials.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

Cisco RV340 and RV345 Dual WAN VPN Routers

I thought it would be a good time to provide a quick update on our Cisco RV Series. As amazing as Rafael Nadal is as he took his 10th French Open yesterday at Roland Garros, our new RV340 Series models continue to amaze as they make their way to your local Cisco Partners!

New Addition to Cisco SMB Switch Family

We made another big step in completing our full vision of next generation SMB switches. The Cisco Small Business Team is pleased to announce 19 new models in the successful 550X and 350X series switching product line. These new models provide Gigabit or Fast Ethernet with 10-Gigabit uplinks and advanced features to deliver unmatched value for Small and Midsize businesses.

Together with the full 10-Gigabit 550XG and 350XG models already available on the market, we now have a comprehensive portfolio to help customers upgrade to 10 Gigabit and ride the wave of digital economy at an affordable price.

Sunday 10 September 2017

Segment Routing IPv6 – Interoperability demo is already there!

Who would have bet on a SRv6 interoperability demonstration at SIGCOMM 2017 conference this summer?

Very few of us actually… For those who are not familiar with the SIGCOMM 2017 conference, this is a highly respected conference where key networking innovations and orientations are being discussed every year by leading vendors, major web and service providers, and academic researchers.

Friday 8 September 2017

Prevent an Encryption Bottleneck on High-Speed Links

What if you had a car with a powerful, turbo-charged engine that could fly along at 130 mph —until you turned on the air conditioner and watched the max speed drop to 50? Pick up two friends, and it struggles to maintain 30 mph.

This would be depressing for you as a driver, but it does make a good analogy for IT managers trying to leverage Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) for high speed link encryption requirements. In this approach, the routers’ throughput capabilities are restricted to the IPSec encryption engine limits, rather than using an encryption solution that can leverage the maximum aggregate throughput capabilities of the router.

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Operators Can Bridge the Gap for New IoT Revenues

The market for Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) networks, particularly NB-IoT and CAT-M1, is heating up. More and more Mobile Network Operators are engaged in trials or have already launched commercial services. Manufacturers are adding NB-IoT and CAT-M1 support to their sensors, modules, and devices. To date, Operators have taken a “horses for courses” approach by deploying a range of LPWA network standards for varying IoT application needs. However, many are predicting that the market momentum will swing from the first-to-market unlicensed LPWA standards (e.g., LoRa, Sigfox) to the emerging licensed LPWA standards (e.g., NB-IoT, CAT-M1), which are forecasted to capture over two-thirds of the LPWA market by 2020, according to ABI Research.