How To Prevent Data Loss From Compromising Your Company

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November 29th, 2008

Nasrin Rezai, our guest from CiscoWhile the global economy slows down, network security spending continues to be robust as business and IT leaders seek to protect corporate assets, thus avoiding a major distraction when market focus is needed most. Recent analyst numbers suggest that data loss can result from myriad corporate security vulnerabilities. It’s getting harder to protect a company’s intellectual property as the modern concept of work is based upon anywhere and anytime electronic collaboration and the borderless enterprise. Nasrin Rezai, Senior Director of Information Security for Cisco Systems is my guest as we discuss PPT or People, Process and Technology as the strategy to mitigate data from being lost or stolen from your company.

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Special Edition Lippis Report on Network Security Issue 6: A Rational Approach to Data Loss Prevention

November 27th, 2008

While the global economy slows down, network security spending continues to be robust as business and IT leaders seek to protect corporate assets and achieve compliance, thus avoiding a major distraction at a time when market focus is needed most. The largest corporate security vulnerability is data loss and it’s getting harder to protect it. Here’s why.

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Perceptions and Behaviors of Remote Workers & Security Considerations for IT Organizations

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November 27th, 2008

By InsightExpress

This presentation is a detailed market research of the perceptions and behaviors of remote workers. The data is based upon a study of employees and IT professionals around the world. As part of the study, surveys were conducted in 10 countries because of the differences in social and business cultures. In each country, 100 end-users and 100 IT professionals were surveyed, producing a total of 2000 respondents. Security considerations for IT organizations are identified.

The Challenge of Data Leakage For Businesses and Employees Around the World

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November 27th, 2008

By InsightExpress

This presentation is detailed market research identifying the risks and challenges of data leakage for businesses and employees around the world. The data is based upon a study of employees and IT professionals around the world. As part of the study, surveys were conducted in 10 countries because of the differences in social and business cultures. In each country, 100 end-users and 100 IT professionals were surveyed, producing a total of 2000 respondents. Risky employee behaviors are identified along with mitigation approaches.

Data Leakage Worldwide: The High Cost of Insider Threats

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November 27th, 2008

By InsightExpress and Cisco Systems

Data loss resulting from employee behavior poses a much more extensive threat than many IT professionals believe. Commissioned by Cisco and conducted by U.S.-based market research firm InsightExpress, the study polled more than 2000 employees and information technology professionals in 10 countries. In the hands of uninformed, careless, or disgruntled employees, every device that accesses the network or stores data is a potential risk to intellectual property or sensitive customer data. Magnifying this problem is a disconnect between the beliefs of IT professionals and the realities of the current security environment for countless businesses. The new findings show that “insider threats” have the potential to cause greater financial losses than attacks that originate outside the company.

Data Leakage Worldwide: The Effectiveness of Security Policies

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November 27th, 2008

By InsightExpress and Cisco Systems

A set of findings from a global security study on data leakage revealed that many companies do not have security policies—and that security policies that are in place are often ineffective. The survey included more than 2000 employees and information technology professionals in 10 countries. The findings offer insight into how the use and effectiveness of security policies affect data leakage: As the lines blur between work and home, and as employees use an increasing number of interactive applications and devices, data loss has become one of the most prominent concerns for businesses around the world. Creating, communicating, and enforcing sensible security policies are critical to protecting corporate assets.

Data Leakage Worldwide: Common Risks and Mistakes Employees Make

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November 27th, 2008

By InsightExpress and Cisco Systems

To understand the challenge that increasingly distributed and mobile businesses face in protecting sensitive information, Cisco commissioned third-party market research firm InsightExpress to conduct a study with employees and IT professionals around the world. As part of the study, surveys were conducted in 10 countries because of the differences in their social and business cultures. The research discovered that despite the security policies, procedures, and tools currently in place, employees around the world are engaging in risky behaviors that put corporate and personal data at risk. To reduce data leakage, businesses must integrate security into the corporate culture and consistently evaluate the risks of every interaction with networks, devices, applications, data, and of course, other users.

Lippis Report 115: The Managed Empowered Branch Service Model Emerges

November 17th, 2008

A confluence of powerful macro-economic and industry trends are building upon each other, creating a perfect storm for managed services in branch offices. This storm is so powerful that it’s creating a window of opportunity that never existed before to change the demographic of the role managed services plays in the provisioning and management of branch office networks. There are multiple inputs that make up the perfect storm. First, the current macro-economic climate has prompted edicts from business leaders to reduce operational spending, requiring IT leaders to review all IT project financing options and question what aspects of IT are core to the business versus contextual. Then there is the networking technology of branch offices, which have increasingly integrated services such as security, mobility, communications and applications into one hardware platform allowing service providers to offer a range of branch office managed services well beyond conductivity. Factor in that there are thousands of service providers now offering managed branch office services and you have the formation of the perfect storm and a serious deployment option IT leaders now have to review.

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EOS: An Extensible Operating System for Cloud Computing

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November 17th, 2008

By Arista Networks

Performance and stability of the network is a business requirement for datacenter networking, where a single scalable fabric carries both network and storage traffic. Management processes must be scalable for successful deployment and operation, requiring a high degree of automation and integration into the customer’s unique environment. The design and architecture of the network operating system provides the foundation for meeting these requirements. The monolithic software architecture that runs on almost all of today’s network switches presents a fundamental design limitation to high network reliability. The stark reality is that a single bug or defect anywhere in the OS exposes the entire system to disruption since there is no mechanism for software fault containment. At the same time, with no isolation between multiple tasks it is difficult to scale these systems from a performance perspective or to add new functionality. In fact, making any significant changes to a code base that is measured in millions of lines of code will reduce product stability and reliability. The fragile monolithic approach inherently prevents extending the network operating system to implement new features such as integration with customer specific management processes.

Arista’s Extensible Operating System (EOS) leapfrogs traditional network OS designs. Learn how by downloading this paper.

10 Gigabit Ethernet Virtual Data Center Architectures

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November 17th, 2008

by Force10 Networks

Consolidation of data center resources offers an opportunity for architectural transformation based on the use of scalable, high density, high availability technology solutions, such as high port-density 10 GbE switch/routers, cluster and grid computing, blade or rack servers, and network attached storage. Consolidation also opens doors for virtualization of applications, servers, storage, and networks. This suite of highly complementary technologies has now matured to the point where mainstream adoption in large data centers has been occurring for some time.

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MPLS in the Enterprise

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November 17th, 2008

By Foundry Networks

Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) as a technology has been around for over a decade and has been used extensively in several service provider networks world-wide. Over the last few years, the standardization of applications such as VPN technologies over MPLS has opened the door for this technology to be used in an enterprise network. This paper explores the use of MPLS in an enterprise network and its associated benefits of lower cost and increased security.

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Boost Revenue and Customer Satisfaction with Managed Application-Acceleration Service

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November 17th, 2008

By Cisco Systems

A burgeoning global trend toward branch-infrastructure consolidation is creating a significant new managed-service opportunity. Enterprises that centralize their application, file, and print services need assurance that their branch-office employees can access services over the WAN as quickly as they could over the LAN. Service providers can meet this need by offering a managed application-acceleration service in conjunction with their existing Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN service.

Cisco estimates that the worldwide market for managed application-acceleration services will reach US $1.3 billion in 2011. Providers that introduce a managed application-acceleration service have a strong value proposition. The service optimizes branch-office application, file, and print services across the WAN while also reducing operational expenses, increasing operational efficiency, and enabling centralizing backup, which protects data and helps ensure regulatory compliance. Enterprises with a few to thousands of branches might be initiating consolidation efforts, experiencing slow application performance, or beginning WAN refresh projects.

This white paper, intended for service provider business executives, explains why business customers subscribe to a managed application-acceleration service, how the service works, and benefits for providers as well as their customers.

Mobile Unified Communications Solutions Emerge

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November 17th, 2008

Luc Roy of SiemensTwo major enterprise trends are combining to deliver greater communication options, that being unified communications and smart mobile end-points such as Blackberrys, Symbian, iPhones and Windows mobile devices. Enterprise mobility solutions are delivering greater value to dual mode smart mobile end-points thanks to 802.11 WLANs, 3G, fixed mobile convergence and unified communications. In short a mobile end-point is being equipped with the same services, features and functions that were once isolated and fixed upon a desktop phone. Luc Roy, VP of Enterprise Mobility at Siemens joins me to discuss mobile unified communications.

Over 300 Service Providers Now Offering Cisco Based Managed Services for Branch Offices

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November 17th, 2008

There are many facts that point to continuing growth in branch office deployments, and the realization that application delivery has become data-center and branch office focused. Delivering business innovation to branch office locations has always been challenging with few, if any, IT personnel on site, inconsistent application and service delivery among branches and employee demands for higher levels of business services that are available at headquarter facilities. In the current difficult macro-economic scenario, managed services offer the favorable trade-off of capital plus salary cost for facilities cost, lowering operational spend. Joel Conover, Sr. Manager, Network Systems Marketing at Cisco Systems joins me to discuss options available to IT leaders to accelerate business innovation while lowering operational spend through managed services delivered by service providers harnessing the power of Cisco’s Empowered Branch solution.

If you are looking for a new model to deliver branch office innovation and cut capital costs, then you have to listen to this podcast.