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Unique Passwords

Source: SANS security tip
Make sure each of your accounts has a separate, unique password. Can’t remember all of your passwords/passphrases? Consider using a password manager to securely store all of them for you.
Unique Passwords

Cisco Completes Acquisition of CliQr

Source: Cisco
I’m excited to announce that we’ve completed our acquisition of CliQr Technologies Inc., a privately-held company that provides a cloud platform to model, deploy and manage applications across hybrid IT environments made-up of data centers, private and public clouds. CliQr’s technology is very complementary with our data center strategy. CliQr will extend Cisco’s Application Centric […]Cisco Completes Acquisition of CliQr

Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

Source: Microsoft more
skype-video-calling-on-microsoft-edge1 Microsoft is making Skype in the browser plugin-free, the company announced this morning. But before you get too excited, be aware that this new experience only works in Microsoft Edge for now. Other browsers, including IE, Chrome, Firefox and Safari, will continue to require plugins as before. Skype for Web, the browser-based version of the online communications software rolled out publicly… Read More
Skype voice and video calls now work plugin-free on Microsoft’s Edge browser

Kids and Screenshots

Source: SANS security tip
If you have kids with mobile devices, create a central home charging station in a place like your bedroom. Before the kids go to bed at night, have them put their mobile devices there so they are not tempted to play with them when they should be sleeping.
Kids and Screenshots

Retail Customer Spotlight

Source: Meraki-Cisco

Here in Northern California, two names that are known in every household are Brookstone and Orchard Supply Hardware (OSH). What may be less widely known is the networking solution that helps power these organizations – you guessed it, these are both Meraki customers. Read below for a glimpse behind the scenes of these networking stories, or check out the full case studies here.

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Brookstone

Specializing in innovative and useful consumer goods, the Brookstone team is dedicated to consistently improving the shopping experience for their customers. They are able to focus their efforts on this high-level mission with the reliable, no-nonsense network that Meraki cloud managed wireless and switching solutions provide.

Rock-solid WiFi coverage became increasingly important to the Brookstone store experience, where associates and customers required access to detailed information about the company’s thousands of products. Brookstone’s former WiFi network proved unable keep up with this increased need for reliability and traffic capacity. The team did a proof of concept with the Meraki cloud managed solution, and “fell in love with the Meraki technology, especially the ease of use, accessibility, and how simple it was to set up,” shared Doug Reczko, Operational VP of IT at Brookstone.

In each Brookstone store, there is now one MS 8-port Switch with a MR32 802.11ac Access Point wired into it. From there, depending on the size of the store, several other MR32 APs connect via wireless mesh to provide fast and seamless connectivity for all business users, without having to cable the entire store.

With nearly 225 stores across the United States, the simple, scalable mass-management inherent to the Meraki platform is a necessity for Brookstone. The team is able to log into their Meraki management dashboard and instantly see all of their locations, learn which sites are running smoothly and which need attention, and drill down into specific devices for further insight and troubleshooting.

“My goal as an executive is to bring our services to a higher level and do it better, faster, and for less; the Meraki tools allow us to do that,” said Doug.

Read the full case study here.

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Orchard Supply Hardware

OSH is a successful home improvement retailer with over 70 stores throughout California and Oregon. With a lean IT team managing the network for all locations, Meraki cloud managed access points and switches enable the retailer to focus on its customers and high­ priority projects, rather than routine network maintenance.

Challenged by limited IT resources and tired of traditional on­-premise controller models, Moon Son, Senior Director of IT Infrastructure at OSH, initiated a proof of concept with Meraki wireless access points. OSH needed a reliable wireless network for inventory scanning, price look-­up, and other critical retail functions. Moon and the team soon developed a close relationship with their Meraki sales team as they worked together to figure out the best setup for their unique environment and business initiatives. “Meraki was very attentive to our needs and provided great customer service, setting them apart from other vendors we were looking at back then,” Moon said.

Today, all OSH locations still boast the same MR16 802.11n APs that they purchased following that initial meeting. “The investment is still working for us, and I’m happy to say that all the features we have wished for have also been developed over the years,” Moon expanded.

The visibility and ease of management inherent to Meraki hardware and the cloud based management dashboard have been valuable assets for the OSH IT team. “Being able to schedule firmware and feature updates and not having to plan maintenance activities has been a huge benefit for my team, and a big cost saver in terms of resource allocation and time,” Moon shared.

However, Meraki proved most useful this past summer when the team set out to construct a new IP schema across their entire network for a new point of sale initiative, while also integrating new switches. “We touched every single network device, every single endpoint, put in new switches, re­-did our routers to recognize the new IP scheme, everything,” Moon said. “This was a monstrous effort, and Meraki was a huge, huge help.”

Get more details on the ins and outs of this giant project in the full case study here.

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We hope you enjoyed learning about these featured customers! Check out our Meraki for Retail guide to see how we can help businesses of any size leverage their networks in a scalable and flexible manner.

We’ll also be hosting a live webinar where a Meraki product specialist will give a tour of our cloud managed dashboard and tailor the capabilities of Meraki specifically to retail. Sign up for the webinar here.


Retail Customer Spotlight

The Meraki Quarterly – catch up here

Source: Meraki-Cisco

We’ve just wrapped another hugely successful Meraki Quarterly, recapping everything we’ve been doing over the past 3 months. Since its inception last year, the Quarterly has grown to become the perfect vehicle for comprehensively reviewing what’s new and recent within each of the four product groups here at Meraki HQ. Assembling the team together in the same room at the same time is never easy – akin to herding cats – but when it happens the results never disappoint.

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Here’s a quick recap of what we covered this time around:

Security

Raviv shared information about our new integration of Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) on our security appliances. AMP provides real time protection against malicious files destined for a network user by checking them against a huge and growing database. AMP is currently in beta and will be a free feature upgrade for MX Advanced Security customers.

Switching

Tony provided a recap on our new stackable 1GbE fiber aggregation switch line, the MS410 and also took the opportunity to run through switch templates, a very exciting and powerful new management feature which we covered on the blog recently.

Enterprise Mobility Management

Systems Manager continues to see new features being added at a breakneck pace, truly exemplifying the high feature velocity for which Meraki became renowned. Paul ran us through the recent announcements which have extended feature support on iOS, Mac OS X, Android and Windows.

Wireless

Matt took the opportunity to remind attendees of our exciting new developers portal. There are some extremely smart people out there, developing innovative solutions which leverage Meraki infrastructure and our range of APIs. There was also our new flagship MU-MIMO 802.11ac AP to shout about, the MR42. Finally, he generously put up a pair of limited edition Meraki socks as a prize in a selfie contest, because why not? There’s still a couple of days to submit photos.

We don’t want anyone to miss out on the Quarterly, so we’ve put a recording online. If you missed the session, or even a part of it, we hope you’ll find this useful.

We’ll be back in July with what promises to be an exceptionally exciting session. Look out for invitations nearer the time.


The Meraki Quarterly – catch up here

Shopping Online

Source: SANS security tip
When shopping online, always use your credit cards instead of a debit card. If any fraud happens, it is far easier to recover your money from a credit card transaction. Gift cards and one-time-use credit card numbers are even more secure.
Shopping Online