While 5G networks garner lots of headlines, it's the 'other' wireless networking standard that we probably rely on just as much, if not more. Wi-Fi has been around for over two decades and has transformed workplaces radically. And with Wi-Fi 6, or 802.11ax, just around the owner, Cisco has unveiled its plans with the expectation that it will make a dent in the universe faster than 5G.
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During Cisco Live last week, the company's main event for the Asia Pacific region, the first Cisco APAC Digital Maturity Index was launched, giving us a picture of where Australian SMBs sit when it comes to their preparedness for digital disruption. And while on one hand we aren't doing too badly compared to others, there's a lot of room for improvement.
Cisco has released a bunch of security advisories with three of them rated at the company's highest level of criticality. Those three vulnerabilities, relating to Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center, include a backdoor account and two static username and password combinations that could allow someone to bypass the authentication system for Cisco Digital Network Architecture (DNA) Center.
Red and Blue teaming is a commonly used technique for honing the skills of information security teams. But setting them up and ensuring you have access to enough appropriately skilled participants can be a challenge for many businesses. Cisco has worked to allay some of those challenges through the establishment of Cyber Range - an environment that simulates over 50 real world threat scenarios. And, last year, they let teams of high school students loose in Cyber Range during a Cyber Games competition held at La Trobe University.
Cisco is jumping in on the AI-powered voice assistant game with the introduction of Spark Assistant - a kind of Siri for meetings. You can things like “Hey, Spark. I want to start the meeting” and the software will do all the work to get you connected. While the announcement was made today, Spark Assistant will be deployed in phases with new functions added over time.
It's every sysadmin's greatest nightmare. You do what you think will be a simple configuration change and accidentally lose a whole bunch of data. That's exactly what happened over the weekend with Cisco's Meraki service. A configuration change "caused certain data uploaded prior to 11:20AM Pacific time on August 3 to be deleted". Whoops.
Cisco has confirmed that it is killing its $1 billion cloud project known as “Intercloud,” as The Reg’s Simon Sharwood reported.
Your employees have gone rogue. No, they're not selling secrets to competitors or anything so nefarious, but they are using IT systems and services without the express knowledge of the company they work for. This is known as Shadow IT and it's a growing problem within enterprises propagated by the fact business leaders seem to be turning the other cheek.
If your company's IT security rests solely on the IT manager, Cisco wants this to change. As part of its recommendations to the Federal Government for the 2015 Cyber Security Review, the networking vendor wants to see CEO level accountability for the "integrity, confidentiality and assured availability of data, systems and services" within businesses.
The only thing we can be certain of is networks will only become more complex. One of the big challenges is more and more data is being created, stored, analysed and used on the edges of the network. And tat means lots of separate systems. Cisco expects the Intercloud to do for the cloud what the Internet did for networks.
Technology has changed the way we work.
The workplace is no longer restricted to the office or a boardroom. It exists wherever we are -- at home, on the road, in the air or at the beach -- and is reliant upon a solid internet connection.
Communication, collaboration and staying connected, is at the core of almost every successful business.
Keeping in touch is paramount to productivity, and in a fast-paced corporate environment, the flexibility and portability of virtualised collaboration is critical.