Cisco Americas Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/rss/Recent AnnouncementsMon, 18 Mar 2019 21:36:09 -0700John Graham and Cisco's "First Team" Honoree for Cloud Computinghttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259Every year, Automation World magazine uses and open-ended survey of automation professionals to ask them who their favorite suppliers are for technology. For 2019, Cisco was selected as a first team honoree for Cloud Computing.2019-03-07http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10259/ Cisco Forms Partnership with Habitat for Humanityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10233Cisco employees from North and South America have recently traveled to Georgia to help build homes as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided the funding and volunteers from their Americas sales team to help construct the homes over 12 week-long builds. 2019-03-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10233/ Cisco Volunteers Help Build Habitat Home in Forsyth Countyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10234Cisco Systems employees from North and South America have traveled to Georgia to help build homes with two families as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided funding and volunteers from its Americas sales team helped construct the houses. 2019-03-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10234/ Cisco Enters National Partnership with Habitat for Humanityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10205Cisco employees from North and South America have traveled to Georgia to help build homes with two families as part of a new national partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Cisco provided funding, and volunteers from their Americas sales team helped construct the homes over 12 weeklong builds.2019-02-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10205/ How to Address Plant Floor Data Security Threatshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197In order to fully understand data passing through an industrial network, one needs to take a deep dive and analyze the data itself. In other words, when we have data moving from controllers to I/O blocks, how do we actually know it’s the right data?2019-02-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10197/ Volunteers Help Build Two New Habitat Homes in Forsyth Countyhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10191Two families saw the start of their new Habitat for Humanity homes in northeast Forsyth County in October. The families, Jennefer and Jeremy Stephens, Dwaine Davenport and Copen Kendrick participated int the first-nail ceremony. 2019-02-26http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10191/ Cybersecurity Helps Manufacturers Create More Secure, Resilient Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188If you know anyone who has a current state-of-the-art pacemaker, most likely it can be programmed via a Windows-based computer at the doctor’s office. Most pacemakers use near-field communications, which means they can only communicate with another device at a distance of 1 or 2 inches, making direct access difficult for a potential hacker. 2019-02-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10188/ The Key to Any Successful Industrial Digitalisation Projecthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149Intelligent use of real-time data is critical to successful industrial digitalisation. However, ensuring that data flows effectively is just as critical to success. Todd Gurela explains the importance of getting your manufacturing network right. 2019-02-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10149/ 2019 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honoreeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112Automation technologies are so regularly installed with the idea that they will last for years or even decades that it’s no surprise buyers tend to be steadfast in their loyalties to one company or another. Given that, it’s really not a surprise that Automation World’s readers show fairly consistent loyalties year after year as they judge the Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees. But in this, our ninth year of the program, we’re starting to see a few changes as end users wend their way through the maze of new technologies related to the Internet of Things (IIoT), collaborative robots, edge and cloud computing, and more. 2019-02-08http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/10112/ Questionable Headlines Can Drive Bad Security Decisionshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975Security is hard enough without your executives knee-jerking to the latest FUD (fear, uncertainty, and doubt) filled headlines and demanding answers or solutions to problems you either already solved or don’t even apply. It gets worse when those headlines themselves are in error and your over-subscribed teams end up burning time you don’t have, or even worse, altering sound thoughtful policy just to give a positive “fixed it” answer to the wrong question.2018-12-21http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9975/ Intent-Based Industrial Networkshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906Manufacturing networks today are massive and pass quite a bit of unutilized data. These networks also have a lot of equipment on them that, from time to time, is moved around where the plant floor is re-optimized to make people and machinery more efficient. 2018-12-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9906/ Join Cisco at Automation Fair 2018http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776The city of brotherly love will become the center of manufacturing this fall as Automation Fair comes into town, November 14-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Just like in the past, the two days will be packed with be vendors, forums, hands-on labs, technical sessions and an opportunity to network with your industry peers. The entire two days are also free to attend. 2018-11-06http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9776/ Turn Fear into an Advantagehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711It is the season for scary Halloween movies, and the most terrifying ones are often about the unknown. It’s easy to grasp a frightening ghost, monster, or some lunatic chasing after a group of folks whose van broke down in the wrong town. However, the unknown allows for another level of paranoia because you never know what’s coming next. 2018-10-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9711/ Security, Yes, Cameras Provide Other Valuehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591Security cameras have long been used in many different business settings to protect against theft and keep an eye out for suspicious behavior. Only fairly recently, though, have manufacturers recognized the unique value cameras can bring to warehouses, distribution centers, and factory floors.2018-09-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9591/ Magnifying Visibility in OT Environmenthttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478Mid- to large-sized enterprises have, for many years, built the operational technology (OT) environment like an egg – a hard exterior protected by traditional security elements such as firewalls, IDS/IPS, and malware detection (if you are lucky) with a soft interior leaving critical operational assets at risk against advanced threats and non-existent visibility. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9478/ Determinism on the Shop Floorhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480Until recently, communications technologies like Ethernet and OPC Unified Architecture (UA) have experienced limited success in supporting complex industrial processes with real-time requirements. This, in turn, has restricted the applications discrete and process manufacturers could adopt. New developments, however, promise to address these shortcomings. 2018-08-27http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9480/ Know Your Vendor Before a Partnershiphttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) deployments are prone to breaches due to minimal security. This state of affairs is because – in addition to the intelligent connected sensors and machines that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) – IIoT is also comprised of everything in the industrial world that predates the dawn of IT. 2018-07-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9107/ Why Middle Market Manufacturers Might be the Solutionhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101Many of us have heard the pros and cons of big and small manufacturers. Big manufacturers typically have greater access to capital, more advanced technology and more relationships. Small manufacturers tend to be quicker to respond to consumer demands. But what we haven’t heard much about are the middle market manufacturers. Cisco's Eric Ehlers is featured in this roundup article.2018-07-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9101/ Manufacturing In the Middle: Growth, Opportunity and New Challengeshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071There is no one size fits all view when it comes to manufacturing. Large, advanced plants are using a plethora of advanced manufacturing processes, robots and data as a core part of their operations. There are emerging startups who are lean and able to respond to changing customer demands quickly. Then there are also a lot of companies in the middle, ranging from around 10 million in revenue up to 1 billion in revenue and are a significant impact on the overall economy.2018-07-05http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9071/ With Changing Rules, Knowledge is Key to Digitizing Factorieshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054There is no single route to digital success in Manufacturing. That was quite clear to me from listening the many keynotes and panels during Cisco’s first regional Digital Manufacturing Summit in Seoul late May. Everyone had a different approach, strategy or partnership solution. Although the speakers agreed on many things; how they managed data, why they made certain digital decisions and how they chose to optimize operations varied – sometimes slightly but frankly frequently a great deal! 2018-06-28http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9054/ How Beam Suntory is Taking Bourbon High Techhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038Kentucky is famous for fried chicken, tobacco and thoroughbreds, and it produces about 95% of the world's bourbon. While this amber liquid is steeped in tradition, one manufacturer is learning a few new high-tech tricks. At Beam Suntory, the key is using digital manufacturing from Rockwell Automation and Cisco to change its business models, improve efficiencies, streamline logistics and update its network.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9038/ IIoT is Here, but Learn to Securehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042It’s a fact: Most people are worried about data breaches. While 42 percent of respondents appreciate the value that can be delivered with Internet of Things (IoT) data, only 9 percent consider their data secure, according to a Cisco IoT Value/Trust Paradox report, based on a survey of 3,000 consumers.2018-06-25http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9042/ Artificial Intelligence is Already Behind Your Next Beerhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028Technology is changing all industries. A clear example of this is that even the manufacturers of alcoholic beverages have had to adopt digital tools and solutions to improve their production, logistics and security. Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue, global senior network architect, talks about how they are working with Cisco and Rockwell Automation to improve their processes and automate a large part of them.2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9028/ Driving Production Efficiency with Datahttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029Cisco's Eric Ehlers is quoted in an A&S International article, “Driving Production Efficiency with Data.” He talks about how data can be used to drive enhanced supply chain utilization and prototyping of new products:2018-06-20http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9029/ Cisco Live 2018: Avoiding Distillery Explosions with Cybersecurityhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026With remote access hacks into distilleries able to cause not only data-related and economic damage but also actual explosions, Beam Suntory said it realised the importance of protecting its networks against outside threats. Speaking during Cisco Live 2018 in Orlando this week, the company's global senior network architect Amon Hogue explained how Beam Suntory -- which produces alcohols including Maker's Mark and Jim Beam -- is now able to allow IT experts to access its networks remotely.2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9026/ How Beam Suntory Uses Cisco Technology to Streamline Logistics and Improve its Networkhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027Technology can disrupt and transform, and there's no better example than Beam Suntory, a 200-plus year old company that manufacturers wine and spirits. Beam Suntory Senior Network Global Architect Amon Hogue talks about how the company is using Cisco solutions to keep their company on the cutting edge of technology. 2018-06-19http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9027/ Beam Suntory Taps into Cisco's Security Portfolio to Keep Distilleries Safehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023With more than 80 distilleries and plants around the world, Beam Suntory is working with Cisco to keep data breaches and high-proof explosions at bay. Speaking on a panel during Cisco Live last week in Orlando, Florida, Beam Suntory's Amon Hogue spoke about how his company hardened its network against hackers while also giving remote access to experts to fix problems.2018-06-18http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/9023/ Reliance Beyond Your Systemhttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8963What are the security boundaries of your systems? How much control do you really have? These are the questions a good number of pipeline, electric utilities and more found themselves asking this April when a small but critical data exchange company in Dallas was attacked. Pipeline customers found themselves unable to respond in a timely manner to service requests they traditionally had. Fortunately, nobody was in imminent danger – the physical pipeline was fine and under control (despite some misleading headlines to the contrary). 2018-05-29http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8963/ Industrial Security and the Art of Defensehttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8938Sun Tzu’s the Art of War is a famous book known for insights from the Chinese philosopher with a guided focus on leadership, strategy and military theories. While the book is renowned for many insights into warfare tactics, it also provides some good insight into defensive strategies that are helpful when thinking about industrial security. 2018-05-22http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8938/ Interoperability Demands Drive Networking Technology Developmentshttp://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8935A look at some of the advances being made in networking infrastructure, communication standards, wiring and more to provide for easier interoperability. As manufacturers transition to digital enterprises, the structure and capabilities of their networks will play an ever greater role in their ability to produce the right products, get increased leverage from their supply chains and profitably grow their customer base. 2018-05-17http://americas.thecisconetwork.com/site/content/lang/en/id/8935/