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Microsoft to bring post-breach detection to Windows 10 security

Source: Microsoft more
Distraught IT pro sitting on floor of data center. Microsoft announced a new tool today called Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection designed to help IT detect threats to Windows 10 machines after a threat has penetrated the network. While most security strategy to this point has focused on keeping bad actors out of the network, there is a sense of inevitability that no matter how careful a company is that the defenses will break down… Read More
Microsoft to bring post-breach detection to Windows 10 security

Veeam Vanguard Nominations are Now Open!

Source: Veeam

Last year, we launched the Veeam Vanguard program. Veeam Vanguards are people who embrace Veeam the best in their respective communities. They come from all backgrounds and are spread across different products. Partners, customers, influencers and others are represented here. Now, we’re pleased to announce that the second round of Vanguard nominations are open for 2016 recipients.

Veeam Vanguard Vanguards receive a number of exclusive program benefits — honestly, too many to list — but among these extensive benefits are a private Forum site, elevated access to Veeam Product Management, and private webinars and briefings. We’re continually adapting the program based on feedback from the Vanguards, as well as catering program benefits to innovate the program for this elite group.

For 2016, we’re accepting nominations through Wednesday March, 30 2016. So, make sure you nominate yourself or someone you feel embodies the Veeam spirit best. You can nominate via this special link.

Register new Vanguard nominees via the link above. Existing Vanguards must renew themselves or be nominated for renewal, which is a different process exclusive to current members. When you register yourself or someone else, be prepared to provide the complete story of their community engagement to give us the most accurate picture of their activity and insight. In other words, overload us with data!

The Vanguard Program is administered by a familiar group:

Veeam Vanguard program

The Vanguard Program team includes Veeam Vice President of Product Strategy, Doug Hazelman — the Executive Sponsor of the program — the four global evangelists (Clint Wyckoff, Luca Dell’Oca, Mike Resseler and Rick Vanover) and the two program coordinators (Kirsten Stoner and Dmitry Kniazev).

When we launched the program last year, many people reached out to us and said “What about me?” or “Why didn’t you select this person?” The inaugural process was an internal-only process, and we’re going into this next round with disciplined growth, focused on ensuring the Vanguard membership body is the best of the best of the best.

It’s natural to have a few questions on this type of program, so I’ve created a few Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

Who can apply to be a Vanguard? Anyone active in a technology community.

Can Veeam employees be awarded Vanguard status? No, but employees can nominate persons for consideration.

What criteria is needed to be awarded Vanguard status? The criteria is done by our team that looks across communities to find the persons who embody our brands the best.

How will nominees be notified of the result? The team is meeting around the time the nominations are closed and will deliberate the results, look for communication either way a few days after that.

I encourage you to apply using the link above. If you see a Vanguard in the wild, let us know!

Veeam Vanguard Nominations are Now Open!

Postcard from Berlin

Source: Meraki-Cisco

Cisco Live is quite an event, attracting tens of thousands of visitors everywhere it goes as it rolls around the globe, from Europe, to Australia, the United States and Mexico. In fact, the event is so popular that it’s even spawned its own offshoot, Cisco Connect, which this year adds Singapore, Toronto and Egypt to the list of cities covered. The Meraki team attends every Cisco Live, and as many of the other official Cisco events as possible. It’s certainly enough to keep us constantly busy, either attending or preparing to attend.

We arrived in a bitterly cold Berlin, a beautiful and fascinating city, still evolving following the reunification of Germany at the beginning of the 1990s. Here’s a shot from one of the newly rebuilt areas now very popular with tourists, Potsdamer Platz:

potsdamerplatz

On arrival at the venue for Cisco Live we discovered day one had been dubbed ‘Cloud Day’. How appropriate!

Cloud Day

It was time to get set up in the World of Solutions. As usual, our stand was cleanly designed, adorned with iMacs on which to showcase the Meraki Dashboard. The design approach we employ at events is quite deliberate. Whilst our lineup of APs, switches, security appliances are beautiful pieces of hardware in their own right, once deployed the real attention moves to the day-to-day management experience, where our full stack dashboard really shines. For demonstrating the functionality of the dashboard, and our Mobile Device Management software, Systems Manager, there’s nothing better than a large screen browser display:

Berlin stand

Our stand was staffed by a mixture of marketing (technical and events staff), sales, systems engineers, members of our product teams, and even our illustrious leader, Todd. With such a broad team we were comfortably able to attend to everyone who visited our stand, and boy did they come! By the end of the week we’d had hundreds of interesting conversations with customers, partners and prospects, amounting to almost 1000 expressions of interest! It was good to let our hair down after all that!

Merakians at CLEUR

As well as the stand, members of the team were also spread around the venue attending customer meetings, delivering in-depth breakout sessions or perhaps just catching their breath over a coffee. The pace was relentless.

CLEURbreakout

The Cisco Live bandwagon now moves down under to Melbourne, and once again the Meraki team will be clocking up the air miles and heading over to what promises to be another huge event. We look forward to seeing you at a Cisco event, or indeed one of the many other industry events we attend during the year.


Postcard from Berlin

Disruption Is Here. Now What?

Source: Cisco
Technological change is accelerating at an unprecedented speed, creating a world we can barely begin to imagine. Yesterday the PC and the Internet brought us desktop applications, search engines, e-commerce, e-mail and messaging, social networking, SaaS business applications, and many other services. Today we’re in the middle of the mobile era. Our smartphones give us remote control access to mobile messaging, mobile social networking, and on-demand services like ride sharing. Are you ready for a new world where the convergence […]Disruption Is Here. Now What?

You Are a Target

Source: SANS security tip
You may not realize it, but you are a target. Your computer, your work and personal accounts and your information are all highly valuable to cyber criminals. Be mindful that bad guys are out to get you.
You Are a Target

Reporting an Incident

Source: SANS security tip
Eventually, we all get hacked. The bad guys are very persistent and we can all make a mistake. If a phone call from the “Help Desk” doesn’t sound quite right, if an email seems suspicious or if a program you installed starts acting funny, ask for help! Your security team is there to help you. The sooner you report an incident, the sooner we can help resolve the problem.
Reporting an Incident

Forwarding Emails

Source: SANS security tip
When you forward an email to others or copy new people to an email thread, review all the content in the entire email and make sure the information contained in it is suitable for everyone. It is very easy to forward emails to others, not realizing there is highly sensitive information in the bottom of the email that people should not have access to.
Forwarding Emails

Set Sail with Meraki Switches

Source: Meraki-Cisco

Sail-Switch-e

Over the past few years, you’ve heard us regularly highlight the benefits of having intelligent switches in your network. We will forever stand by smart switching! When (not if) something goes wrong, smart switches provide unparalleled visibility and troubleshooting, allowing for speedy resolutions. Switches tie your network together, and it’s time for them to do more.

We want you to experience the magic for yourself! In addition to getting a free PoE switch for attending eligible Introduction to Cloud Managed Switching webinars, for a limited time we are also offering a special switch licensing promotion for first-time Meraki switch customers. Do you have Meraki wireless, security, or MDM? Are you totally new to Meraki? Either way, welcome aboard! We invite you to set sail with Meraki switches.

From now until 7/30/16, first-time Meraki switch customers who buy any MS switch with a 1-year cloud management license are eligible to be upgraded to a 5-year license at no additional cost. That’s 4 years on us! Customers in the US, CA, LATAM, and EMEAR are eligible – APJ, hang tight, we’re coming for you soon. Simply ask your Meraki rep or reseller about the ‘Meraki 5 Year Switch Licensing Promotion.’

Check out meraki.com/setsail for more information. We hope to welcome you to the Meraki switching family soon!


Set Sail with Meraki Switches

Cisco Showcases “Innovation, Customer Traction and Partnership Success” at MWC 2016

Source: Cisco
Jetlag is way over rated, and in Barcelona there is tremendous enthusiasm for Cisco here at Mobile World Congress . This week, we are showing how we’re delivering on our strategy of helping service providers drive profitable business outcomes in today’s digital world and keep pace with an industry undergoing unprecedented change: Innovation— With the launch of multiple technologies, including the Ultra Services Platform with customers Deutsche Telecom, SK Telecom and Orange , as well as announced plans to build a 5G router with Ericsson and Intel for Verizon’s industry-leading 5G program . Customer momentum— Multiple customer wins with several top-tier service providers and mobile operators, including DT, SK Telekom, […]Cisco Showcases “Innovation, Customer Traction and Partnership Success” at MWC 2016