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Cisco Live 2018: Day 1 Recap

Today kicked off day one of Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando, FL! The day was filled with a keynote, breakout sessions, Innovation Showcases, and of course the World of Solutions. Here are our top takeaways from Cisco Live Day 1.

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Fireside Chat: Future of Collaboration - Cisco Webex

In this Fireside Chat, CEO - Sean Barr, sits down Solutions Architect - Dustin Kaplan to discuss Cisco's new Webex rebrand, what the Broadsoft acquisition means for existing customers and to compare Cisco Webex and Zoom!
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First Line of Security: Physical Security

When we think of security the image of firewalls, anti-malware protection, and the latest and greatest in network access control pops in our head. With Cisco ISE servers providing NAC services, ASAs providing firewalling on our network edge, and AMP for Endpoints providing malware protection on our laptops we think we are secure. But are we? Have we forgotten the very first line of security?

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Protecting Your Network from Cryptojacking

We are experiencing the age of the “digital gold rush”. Cryptocurrency discussions are dominating conversations everywhere and we all know someone invested in some sort of crypto if we aren’t ourselves. Cryptocurrencies derive their value in part through the limitation of cryptocoins that can be created.  The potential return on cryptocurrencies makes cryptomining – the creation of cryptiocurrencies - highly attractive. This mining “consumes significant CPU resources and can severely impact system performance and power consumption” (Chromium Blog). The new cryptocurrency trend has brought to light a new network threat – illicit cryptomining in which outside users are infiltrating victims’ networks to utilize their computer resources.

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Marketing Velocity: Barcelona

This week I’m in Barcelona at Cisco’s Marketing Velocity conference learning about Cisco’s marketing strategies for the year and better ways to get new technology content to our customers. In today’s digital era, businesses have become completely borderless. With so many competitive solutions, customers aren’t just buying a product or service, they are buying an amazing experience. So much so that 53% of buyers choose their vendor based on buyers experience according to CEB. It’s up to us to provide our customers with quality solutions, experiences, and a relevant human experience.

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Keeping Up with Evolving Education

In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week we wanted to recognize the ways technology can improve. According to an EDUCAUSE Research Snapshot, 78% of students agree that technology contributes to the successful completion of their courses. For educators implementing new technology can be met with a lot of resistance. Low budgets, lack of resources, cyber threats, and a shortage of technical expertise can all stand in the way of providing students with the digital ready tools that help them successfully move through their coursework.

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Fireside Chat: Future of IT Engineers Roundtable

In this Fireside Chat, CEO- Sean Barr, sat down with a few of our engineers to discuss what today's rapidly advancing technologies mean for the IT industry and the skill sets IT teams will need as we look into the future of IT

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Looking at the Future of IT

Technology advances more rapidly today than ever before. We are hearing more and more tech companies integrating artificial intelligence and virtual or augmented reality into their platforms and products. The exponential growth in cloud computing is drives demand for flexible or “pay as you go” consumption models. As technology becomes more advanced and user-friendly it is becoming integrated into every aspect of our lives. As we integrate technology more and more into our business, there is an increased need for cybersecurity and data availability. But what does this all mean for the IT industry and the skill sets our IT teams will need as we look into the future of IT?

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More than a Rebrand: Team Collaboration Redesigned

“Everything we do is designed with people in mind—to help them work, collaborate, and create together. That’s why we have invested so much in Webex,” said Rowan Trollope, SVP and GM, Applications Group, Cisco. “Our vision is to bring this amazing experience to a billion users and conference rooms all around the world.”

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