February 1, 2012

Cisco Annual Security Report

The Cisco® Annual Security Report provides an overview of the combined security intelligence of the entire Cisco organization. The report encompasses threat information and trends collected between January and November 2011.

It also provides a snapshot of the state of security for that period, with special attention paid to key security trends expected for 2012.

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This comprehensive report documents changing attitudes toward work, technology, and security among college students and young professionals around the globe, who are driving the next waves of change in the enterprise. The paper emphasizes that employers need to find common ground with the millennials they want to hire who apparently presume they can come to work with their own mobile phones and tablets and work whenever and wherever they want and don't want to worry too much about security. (That common ground, for example, could include IT's loading management and security software on employees' personal devices to give IT a some control over network access.) There's a lot of interesting information in this 40-page report; if your time is limited and you just want an important sneak peek, jump to page 34, where Cisco recommends 10 top enterprise security actions to take in 2012.


I am surprised that Cisco missed the boat on BYOD policies by not recommending "dual persona" mobile services finally being offered by AT&T and Verizon, among others. That approach will become the standard way there can be shared use of personalized mobile devices by consumers, and will also tie in nicely with "cloud" UCaaS for businesses.

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