Cisco Americas Network AnnouncementsSat, 24 Aug 2019 09:49:26 -0700The Government Reorganization Plan - Finding a Way to the 21st Century remains a popular prescription for many of the ills of government. But little is known about what types of reorganization promote efficiency. Cisco Distinguished Fellow Alan Balutis breaks it down with a five-part plan to advance us towards a 21st century government. Details are at A Different Way for Government to Clean Its Data Distinguished Fellow Alan Balutis offers an alternative approach to efficiently aggregating and analyzing data across the federal enterprise. Details are published in Nextgov.2018-07-11 The Next-Generation Network Will Work Like the Nervous System Healthcare Director Barbara Casey talks next-generation network for healthcare with Healthcare IT News. She is quoted saying, "The old network was like the circulatory system, pumping blood to and away from the heart using a series of pipes. The next-generation network will work more like the nervous system, taking in sensory information, learning from it and changing its behavior based on its sensory environment." More insight from Casey and other healthcare experts shared with Healthcare IT News. 2018-07-11 Executive Spotlight: Diane Gongaware Talks Cybersecurity and Cloud for Government talked with Diane Gongaware, vice president of U.S. Public Sector Services at Cisco, about federal cybersecurity challenges, the government’s progress in adopting the cloud and what products Cisco will be launching soon. Click "Read Full Article" to learn more. 2018-06-26 Navy Cyber War Breakthrough - AI Finds Malware in Encrypted Traffic Navy Expert Kelly Jones talks to Warrior Maven about how Cisco is prototyping new detection methods as part of an effort to introduce their technology to the U.S. military services. While most DoD network traffic is encrypted for additional safety, encryption can also make it more difficult for cyber defenders to see hidden malware in the traffic. Kelly Jones says, “We have the ability to read and detect malware in encrypted web traffic. Even though the data is encrypted there is still a pattern to malware." Read the full article at Warrior Maven. 2018-05-31 Q&A: Rod Houpe Uses Evidence to Drive Change in Schools Metropolitan School District’s CIO Rod Houpe says K–12 districts need to drive digital transformation using organizational change management. Houpe recently published a white paper, “Mastering Organizational Change Management to Drive Digital Transformation in Education,” in conjunction with Cisco's Director of Education Renee Patton and Sonny Magana. Key to change management for schools is security and the Internet of Things.2018-05-30 New Threats Challenge the Resilience of State and Local Agency Cyberdefenses's U.S. Public Sector CTO Dan Kent talks cyber best practices and how holistic cybersecurity is key as new threats challenge the resilience of state and local agencies. 2018-05-11 Rhode Island Seeks Private Partner on Autonomous Transit Project Connected Transportation expert Michelle Maggiore talks translating data into apps for a better citizen experience that millennials and more expect in today's smart + connected communities. 2018-05-11 SDN Technology Increases Speed, Visibility for Campus IT Green State University embraces software-defined networking platform to simplify management, security and deployment in higher education. 2018-05-11 Will Ash Details Why Feds Must Bake Security in to Counter Threats insights from Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government, Cisco Senior Director of Security Will Ash discusses with FedTech why federal agencies must bake security in to counter threats. "Ash advises agencies to ensure that their network components can be integrated so that they can get that insight into their network traffic and potential threats." Read the full article with FedTech. 2018-05-03 After Two Decades, Cisco Networking Academy's Success Highlights Partnership Roles's Networking Academy is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, having partnered with K-12 schools and other learning institutions in 180 countries to equip millions of students with valuable IT job skills.2018-05-01 Cisco Networking Academy Provides New Skills to Narrow the Talent Gap Networking Academy Provides New Skills to Narrow the Talent Gap Program focuses on growing students’ STEM talents, as well as helping their communities. U.S. Public Sector Senior Vice President Larry Payne is a strong advocate of the program and its many benefits, “It also helps with economic development, and we feel like it’s a win-win-win for the community, the student and certainly the industry.2018-04-30 Why Mayors Matter to Smart Cities Stewart, Senior Advisor for Smart and Connected Communities at Cisco and former mayor of Plattsburgh, NY, shares his insights on why mayors matter to smart and connected communities.2018-04-26 Automation Spurs Efficient State and Local Data Center Management that automate essential tasks report huge savings on time, money and personnel. Durham County, NC, decided to move from traditional data center architecture to Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure, a software-defined networking solution that allows for greater flexibility, scalability, ¬visibility and ease of management By setting up the right network policies, Durham County now automates repetitive tasks such as load balancing and network provisioning, which otherwise require human intervention. For example, setting up a physical network can take 40 minutes or longer, but doing so with ACI takes less than three. (StateTech)2018-04-23 Cyber Warriors Added to the Navy's Front Lines of Navy cyber warriors have joined the front lines at sea on both Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups to keep pace with newly emerging enemy attacks and attempted intrusions. Cisco Navy Expert Kelly Jones is quoted about the Navy using AI to cyber harden its growing ship-based ocean combat network. The full article is published at Warrior Maven. 2018-04-19 Cisco Expert - What Millennials Want in Healthcare Providers Healthcare Expert Amy Young weighs in on what millennials want in healthcare providers. Amy Young is quoted saying, "With the proliferation of mobile devices and digital communication tools, patients—the customers of the insurance world—are expecting faster and more convenient services." More insight from Amy and stats from a recent survey from PNC Healthcare are published in Managed Healthcare Executive.2018-04-19 Cisco's Amy Young Discusses Medical Device Security Vulnerabilities Healthcare Expert Amy Young outlines the top security threats to medical devices and what can be done to stay ahead of these threats. As the IoMT device landscape heats up and hospitals delve more into remote care, healthcare systems need to protect each and every endpoint device from potential cybersecurity risks. Read the full article at HealthTech. 2018-04-19 Alison Gleeson: Paving the Way for the Next Generation of Women March, more than 15,000 Cisco employees, partners, and customers came together for our 2018 Women of Impact conference, hosted by Cisco Connected Women and Cisco’s Office of Inclusion and Collaboration.2018-04-17 Cisco Cyber Report: Government Should Use AI, Behavior Analytics Magazine reports on Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government saying, "As threat actors weaponize more technology, Cisco researchers warned government agencies should look to behavior analytics in order to meet new, self-propagating, network-based threats in 2018." The full article can be found at SC Magazine.2018-04-12 Cisco Cyber Report: Malware, Encrypted Traffic Challenge Federal Agencies reports on Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government calling out the challenges federal agencies face. The publication says according to the report, "hackers will continue to give U.S. government agencies headaches in the coming months thanks to an evolving malware market and their use of encryption to evade detection." Read the full article at CyberScoop. 2018-04-12 Cisco's Dan Kent Discusses How Hackers Adapt to Government Adversaries on findings in Cisco's Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government, Cisco CTO Dan Kent talks to FCW about how hackers are increasingly able to mask their presence and take advantage of security vulnerabilities to gain government network access. Kent says federal agencies tend to have better security procedures around their devices to prevent them from being hijacked, but their public facing websites are vulnerable to DDOS attacks. The full article can be found at FCW.2018-04-12 Cisco Cyber Report: Internet 'Noise' Masks Federal Network Dangers Cisco Annual Cybersecurity Report: Impacts on Government is reported on by the Federal Times, calling out how hackers can use the confusion of traffic across government agency networks to mask malicious behavior. The publication points out the federal government's move to the cloud and the cloud security dangers outlined in Cisco's report. Said the reporter, "though 74 percent of government respondents to a Cisco 2018 Security Capabilities Benchmark Study said that they prefer an on-premise cloud, they were almost equally supportive of using a third party to manage that versus doing so themselves." Read the full article at Federal Times.2018-04-12 Unprecedented Threats: Impacts on Government Outlined in Cisco Cybersecurity Report government-focused cybersecurity report from Cisco explains how hackers are getting better at deploying destructive malware, evading detection and exploiting unpatched connected devices to deliver devastating blows to government systems. POLITICO shares a summary as well as a link to the report. 2018-04-10 Baseball and Government IT Go Hand in Hand – Let Me Explain does Bloomberg, baseball and the SVP of Public Sector at Cisco have in common? Find out in SVP Larry Payne’s contributed article in Bloomberg Government, which details key comparisons between government IT and baseball. 2018-03-29 Using Technology to Uncover New Funding Opportunities Public Grants Leader Stephanie Jones and teacher turned Education Manager Mary Schlegelmich share lessons on how to use Title I funds, which provide more attention to at-risk learners, to expand the classroom in new and inventive ways. 2018-03-22 Cisco Partners with School Districts, Colleges to Close Technical Skills Gap celebrates 20 years of its Networking Academies designed to help close the skills gap and train the next generation workforce. Cisco's U.S. Public Sector Senior Vice President Larry Payne, said Cisco's Networking Academies provides for an opportunity that was lacking "for students who couldn't pursue that four-year engineering or computer science degree ... to enter into the tech industry." 2018-03-21 From CSUN in San Diego: Cisco Works with the American Council of the Blind to Bring a First for the Accessibility Market week Cisco is in San Diego, CA, at one of the biggest events in the accessibility world, the annual CSUN Assistive Technology Conference. Cisco is showcasing the first enterprise-grade desk phone that includes built-in text-to-speech functionality capable of conveying vital information on the phone’s display to the user through audible voice and tone indicators. Developed with collaborative input from the American Council of the Blind (ACB), the software update on Cisco’s IP Phone 8800 Series is a huge step forward toward making the digital workplace more accessible for employees who are blind and visually impaired. Cisco Director of Collaboration Solutions Angie Mistretta gives more details on the Cisco Collaboration Blog.2018-03-19 Public Safety Agencies Must Make Cyber a Part of their Protection Toolkit Cybersecurity Leader Will Ash and former police chief and current Cisco Public Safety Advisor Desi Racicot combine forces to share insights on how public safety agencies must make cyber a part of their protection toolkit.2018-03-15 From Data Breaches to Hurricanes: Information Technology Leaders Gather to Plan For the Worst gather in Washington, D.C. to share how information technology leaders manage crises in schools and ways to promote internet access, stability and security. Director of Education Renee Patton describes how Cisco's Network Intuitive can protect personal and research data. The key is to identify Malware on encrypted networks without decrypting the data streams through machine learning. Otherwise, "there is no possible way you can have enough IT staff to be able to identify and remediate all the problems you may have on a network." 2018-03-14 HIMSS18 – Goodbye Vegas, hello more advanced healthcare is now in our rear-view mirrors and, as usual, it was a whirlwind of a week. Cisco Director of Healthcare Barbara Casey shares insight from the show, what Cisco was up to and the collection of healthcare solutions Cisco had at the booth. More details can be found on the Cisco Healthcare Blog.2018-03-13