Cisco’s Cure For The DTs: Threat-Centric Security
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Cisco’s Cure For The DTs: Threat-Centric Security

Security was center-stage at Cisco Live US 2016 (Las Vegas, July 10-14) as the networking powerhouse seeks to continue its strong growth in this space (while it reported 2% growth year-over-year overall for fiscal 2Q16, its security business grew 11% YoY). Expanding on its ‘threat-centric security architecture’ approach, Cisco announced new services and cloud-based security solutions, including: -Cisco Umbrella Roaming, now embedded as a module with AnyConnect (VPN), guards roaming employees wherever they work; -Cisco Umbrella Branch gives businesses more control over guest Wi-Fi use with easy content filtering by upgrading Integrated Services Routers (ISR) for simple, fast and comprehensive security at branch locations; -Cisco Defense Orchestrator manages security policies across security products from ASA and ASAv firewalls to Firepower next-generation firewalls; -Cisco Meraki MX Security Appliances with Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) and Threat Grid, a cloud-managed unified threat management (UTM) solution providinges branch offices with malware protection that checks files against its cloud database to identify malicious content, blocking the files before users download them; and, -Cisco Stealthwatch Learning Network License enables the Cisco ISR to detect and track anomalies in network traffic, analyze suspicious network activity, and identify malicious traffic. Cisco’s security focus is being driven by digital transformation, said Ben Munroe, Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Cisco Security Business. Our customers are dealing with disruption; they are transforming their businesses to become more competitive and “security is at the heart of that journey. Security must start with the network.” Digital business is the most impactful disruption to security in the history of the technology industry, said David Goeckeler, SVP & GM, Networking and Security Business, Cisco Systems, in a prepared statement. Companies are struggling to manage the security challenges from both large, distributed environments and the active adversaries aggressively targeting these expansive attack surfaces every day. Our customers are finding that they need a more integrated approach to security, and Cisco provides them with a threat-centric security architecture that is much more effective in a digital world, he added. Customers talk to Cisco about security, looking for outcomes like security to be closer to the user, said Munroe. “We want people to take away from the announcement… the absolutely essential nature of an architectural approach to security.” “Cisco is making good progress and achieving strong results along the way,” blogged Jon Oltsik, Senior Principal Analyst and the founder of Enterprise Strategy Group’s cybersecurity service, but “there’s plenty of work remaining.” Following the announcements he noted that the company “continues to focus on developing an integrated cybersecurity architecture for enterprise organizations that brings together products, services, and partners into a coherent end-to-end system.” Moving forward, Cisco needs to...

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IBM’s POWER9 Microprocessor…

Over the past several years, all major server makers have focused on redesigning their server architectures in order to eliminate data flow bottlenecks – building what have become known as “accelerated systems”. Likewise, the major developers of database software have also found new ways to speed database processing. This combination has created a data-processing panacea for fast, efficient and affordable processing of very large databases (Big Data). As far back as early 2013, Clabby Analytics started to report on the progress being made in accelerated system designs (our reports on VelociData, The Now Factory, IBM’s PureData system, IBM’s DB2 Analytics Accelerator and IBM Power Systems accelerated designs are available upon request).   Accelerated system designs focus on speeding workload processing by improving system throughput. Improved throughput is achieved in a variety of ways including increasing internal bus speed, reducing communications overhead, off-loading tasks to other types of processors, improving memory management, reducing I/O drag, tuning execution methods, creating new interfaces that streamline peripheral access to processing power, and more. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Cisco Live Keynote: “… Digital Butt”

This week is Cisco’s big annual customer conference in Las Vegas called Cisco Live, which has pretty much taken over the town. Channeling Donald Trump, the show is “Huuuuge!” What makes this year’s event interesting is that this is the first pure showcase of Cisco’s new CEO Chuck Robbins. Already, just as it opens, I’m feeling a very different energy and, strangely, a sense of fun. Technology is the single biggest change agent in the market, and Cisco plans to be at the heart of the coming digital transformation. Here is my sense of Robbins’s opening keynote and what it means to Cisco and to you. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Microsoft WPC 2016…

Microsoft is such a force in so many IT markets that it’s sometimes easy to forget the critical role that channel partners play in its success. But that’s not something the company itself can ever be accused of, as has been amply clear to the 16,000+ attendees at this week’s Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC 2016) in Toronto, Canada. To get a sense of the symbiosis between Microsoft and its partners, consider the figures that the company noted in WPC 2016 keynotes, blogs and announcements. According to Microsoft, some 90% of its annual revenues are driven or touched by the channel. In FY 2015, the company’s revenues were north of $90B, meaning $80B+ was impacted by those engagements. To read the complete article, CLICK HERE NOTE: This column was originally published in the Pund-IT...

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Cybersecurity Highlights from CiscoLive

Cisco is just wrapping up its annual CiscoLive customer event. This year’s proceedings took over Las Vegas, occupying the Bellagio, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, and MGM Grand hotel. At least for this week, Cisco was bigger in Vegas than Wayne Newton, Steve Wynn, and even Carrot Top. While digital transformation served as the main theme at CiscoLive, cybersecurity had a strong supporting role throughout the event. For example, of all of the technology and business initiatives at Cisco, CEO Chuck Robbins highlighted cybersecurity in his keynote presentation by bringing the GM of Cisco’s cybersecurity business unit (David Goeckeler) on stage to describe his division’s progress. To read the complete article, CLICK...

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