Friday 30 March 2018

Cisco UCS and HyperFlex for AI/ML Workloads in the Data Center

Data is the lifeblood of business. It helps drive deep insights and better decisions, improve processes, and offer a deeper understanding of customers, partners and business. Artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) enables us to learn from data, identify patterns and make better decisions that augment human capabilities. This provides businesses new ways to grow revenue, attract and retain customers and become more operationally efficient. Further, AI/ML can help automate tasks as well as accelerate untapped insight in previously unexplored areas. Almost all industries in every sector from banking to healthcare and manufacturing are trying to take advantage of these benefits.

Thursday 29 March 2018

Cisco and Sentryo work together to help secure factory networks

Manufacturers, utilities, and oil & gas companies are using data and applications to improve business operations through smart manufacturing initiatives like Industrie 4.0.  To accomplish these benefits these companies recognize the need to converge their enterprise network and their factory networks with industrial Ethernet to gain a 360-degree view of their operations across a single network infrastructure. They also gain real-time network diagnostics and troubleshooting.

Wednesday 28 March 2018

Shaping a Diverse and Stronger Cybersecurity Industry

Aside from scuba diving and working with Cisco customers to improve cyber resiliency, cooking is one of my greatest passions.  My favorite dishes are a fusion of the best ingredients, each complementing the other and accentuating the right flavors to achieve culinary heaven.  You see, if you stick with one ingredient, you are stuck with one flavor profile and the dish is left bland and unmemorable. It’s a similar issue with diversity in the cyber profession.

Monday 26 March 2018

Cisco Crosswork – Part 1: Change Automation

In this multi-part blog series, we will be describing in detail the five new pillars of the Cisco Crosswork automation solution – designed to help solve our customers’ challenges in planning, designing, implementing, operating, and optimizing their networks. Let’s start by taking a closer look at Cisco Crosswork Change Automation.

Friday 23 March 2018

Serverless Security for Public Cloud Workloads with Stealthwatch Cloud

Each year goes by and we find more ways to own less and less of what it takes to operate our digital infrastructure. Information Technology began as a business having to build data centers owning everything starting with the real estate all the way to the applications, quickly it moved to public clouds whereby the infrastructure itself was a service managed by the provider and you only needed to manage the virtual servers up through your applications. The latest in this trend is serverless computing.  As you would guess, this is the latest evolution where the service provider owns and operates everything up to the application and you don’t even manage the servers running your code (thus the name “serverless”).

Wednesday 21 March 2018

How to Harden Your Devices to Prevent Cyber Attacks

The 2016 Distributed Denial of Service attack on Dyn came from more than 100,000 infected devices. DDoS attacks leverage massive quantities of unsecured Internet-connected devices to disrupt Internet services worldwide. The malicious and sophisticated attack kicked off serious conversations about network security and highlighted the vulnerability in the Internet of Things devices. These IoT infected devices connect globally to private and public sector networks, so the question is: how can we harden our networks against malicious attacks?

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Meraki-Powered Managed WiFi for Small Businesses

We live in a time when most of us comfortably carry enough computing power in our pockets to simultaneously send multiple space missions to the moon and back. With such nonchalant and constant access to powerful technology, our expectations have never been higher. No matter the location – whether a small independent coffee shop or the local branch of a global coffee chain – we expect to connect to fast, reliable WiFi.

Monday 19 March 2018

Why Contiv?

At our core, even as we expand into other cloud markets, Cisco is fundamentally a networking company and Contiv plays an important role as servant to that legacy in the microservices future that so many developers are gravitating towards.  As more about our relationship with Google becomes public, it is important to revisit this key component that solves a critical problem that faces anybody wanting to run container clusters at scale and in a way that can interact with existing infrastructure.

Saturday 17 March 2018

Attackers turn to IoT and ICS to find gaps in security

Technology solutions and processes that rely on the Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly becoming standard equipment in many organizations as well as industrial facilities, thanks to IoT systems’ ability to automate and communicate with devices. Unfortunately, as we detail in the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report, attackers see benefits to IoT as well—namely, the ability to take control of IoT devices with weak or no security and build powerful IoT botnets. They also see value in taking control of operational technology (OT) systems, which are often used to manage critical infrastructure.

Friday 16 March 2018

Cisco FindIT Network Manager System Update

After the big announcement last week, we are following that up with big FindIT news.

So with that, our Software Product Manager, David Harper is pleased to announce two exciting new deployment options.

The availability of FindIT Network Manager on the Amazon Web Services Marketplace as well as support for the FindIT Network Probe on the Raspberry Pi single-board computer.

Wednesday 14 March 2018

Using machine learning to detect possible insider threats

Cloud applications are now commonplace in enterprises. From productivity applications to storage, employees and IT departments are realizing the benefits of offloading documents and data into the cloud. But as data, identities, and applications move to the cloud, security teams must manage the risk involved with losing control of traditional network perimeter. This is largely a problem of visibility: If data never travels across corporate networks, how can defenders understand what users are doing, whether their activities are legitimate, and if their accounts have been compromised?

Monday 12 March 2018

Paving the Way for Network Transformation

Service providers today are facing serious challenges. Developments like 5G and ultra high definition video are putting them under growing pressure to supply large bandwidths, fast speeds and low latencies.

To address this, providers are realising that they can operate their networks more efficiently by keeping more traffic in the outer network layers. This can help them provide services that are faster and more responsive to demand, by minimising the time that traffic takes to travel through the network. At this level, every millisecond counts.

Friday 9 March 2018

New Cisco 250 and 350 Series Switches with Multi-Gigabit and 10GE

Today we proudly announce the availability of several new models in the 350 and 250 Series. These new models provide even more Managed and Smart Switch options including MGig and 10 Gigabit Ethernet models.

Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Power of Logging in Incident Response

A deep dive into logging as an often-overlooked but powerful tool for incident detection and response

“Lack of instrumentation or insufficient logging” is often a phrase used on incident response reports. During incident response activities, this isn’t a phrase you want to see, since lack of logging inhibits your organization’s ability to conclusively determine root cause analysis.

Monday 5 March 2018

New Cisco Stealthwatch Cloud: Built for Managed Security Service Providers

As the threat landscape continues to become more complex, more and more businesses are looking to outsource their security needs. According to the 2018 Cisco Cybersecurity Report, 44 percent of enterprises and 54 percent of small businesses based in the United States outsource their security monitoring capabilities. The Global Managed Security Services Market has a projected compound annual growth rate of 14.5 percent through 2022, reaching US $45 billion.