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Submitted by Tom Gilheany and Donna Maurillo Your best cybersecurity candidate for tomorrow may be sitting at the admin’s desk today. Or maybe in the marketing department. It may be the person who majored in psychology or who loves mystery novels or puzzles. If that sounds far-fetched, consider this. Technical knowledge and skills can be trained into a candidate. But it’s more ... Read more

Every year, we look to and conduct several studies to better understand how managers and individual contributors perceive Cisco security certifications. This year, we confirmed key insights that have been building for some time. And I’m excited to report that, in fact, both managers and individual contributors see tangible benefits to becoming certified in security. I know, it’s a lot ... Read more

Remember that story about constructing the Tower of Babel? Things started out great. And then suddenly everyone was speaking a different language. With no way to communicate, they had to abandon the project. Developing cybersecurity plans for your organization is a lot like that. On the business side, managers are thinking about profitability, customer retention, productivity, and the like. But ... Read more

Wishing you a "Happy National Cyber Security Awareness Month" (here in the United States) doesn't seem quite right, given the extremely serious business involved, but maybe wishing you a well-informed Cyber Security Awareness Month is more apropos. However, it's pretty obvious to most of us by now that cybersecurity awareness isn't limited to October—it's a round-the-calendar commitment ... Read more

Today we have some Internet of Things show and tell for you. Cisco has put together an inspiring little 360-degree tour of various connected environments that show the power and drama of IoT at work. When you enter each virtual realm, you'll be able to drag your cursor to pan around and click on different "hot spots" that help tell the story of how IoT is rescuing rhinos, captivating customers, ... Read more

Submission By: Sudarshan Krishnamurthi   IoT promises to boost corporate profits worldwide by 21 percent by 2022, according to Cisco analysts. That's because IoT can help businesses lower costs by realizing new efficiencies and drive new revenues by enabling new business models. Digital transformation in general, and IoT in particular, can help organizations become more productive and more ... Read more

We at Cisco are committed to your career growth and satisfaction through technical training and certification. It’s what we do, after all, and so that charter pushes us to continually ask ourselves, “Do certifications make a difference? What is their value out in the industry?” One way we get our answer is to periodically survey technology managers for their opinions and ... Read more

The digital revolution is bringing about a stunning transformation of the modern data center and its workers. Like Peter Parker turned Spider-Man, the data center workforce needs to pick up new skills to step into its new superhero role. What’s driving this data center transformation? Billions of smart devices, “connected things,” and apps for everything are generating an ... Read more

The Customer Success Association (CSA) tells us that customer success management (CSM) has been around as a specific function in an organization since the mid-1990s. However, it’s an understatement to say that a lot has changed since then. Let’s take a look at where CSM has been, where it’s going, and what skills are needed to get there. About 20 years ago, the customer ... Read more

Last month's Cisco Live conference in Las Vegas offered close to 100 sessions touching upon either SDN/software-defined networking, network programmability, network automation, or the Cisco APIC-EM controller that is part of Cisco's SDN model. In addition, there were more than 150 sessions provided by Cisco DevNet, Cisco's community of developers and source of tools, resources, and code for ... Read more

It's been a while since this blog has shared an update on IT networking salaries, so we've decided to do it right and give you as full a global picture as we can. There's arguably no better way to do that than to bring you a glimpse of some of the 2017 Robert Half Technology Salary Guides from a range of countries around the world. We've not only visited the United States and Canada here, but ... Read more

Today’s data centers bear little resemblance to those of the past in terms of the responsibility they carry. For digitized businesses, the data center is the hub of a whole new realm of possibilities. It serves as a versatile reservoir of data and software and must remain up and running to serve the organization and its customers. Enterprises need access to data from anywhere. They must ... Read more

The manufacturing sector has the dubious distinction of being the second-largest target of cybercriminals; only healthcare surpasses it. Within manufacturing, the automotive space is now the prime target in manufacturing. Nearly a third of manufacturing attacks in 2015 were to automotive companies. Chemical manufacturers were next. With the advent of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), ... Read more

The past year provided many lessons about how risky the digital world continues to be. The 2016 Data Breach QuickView Report from Risk Based Security stated that there were 4,149 publicly disclosed data breaches worldwide last year, exposing 4.2 billion records. That’s just the breaches that were made public; the total figure could be much higher. The financial industry’s SWIFT ... Read more

Last year, we ran an immensely popular blog post, "TED Talk 10-Pack: Security Lectures That Will Open Your Eyes and Mind." These were fascinating explorations about everything from the sophistication of cybercriminals and the extent of their infiltration to harnessing hackers for good or scrutinizing binary 1s and 0s for revealing patterns that bring attackers to light. CSO, the IDG publication ... Read more

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