Recap: Securing Mobility at Markley Group with Special Guest - Cisco

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Adam Burnham

Our first Meet@Markley in 2014 faced a challenge – Winter Storm Janus. But, as our consistent monthly networking and learning events gain steam with attendees and solid content, not even a winter storm could deter a huge attendance and great takeaways from our guest presenter, Cisco Systems, discussing a hot topic on everyone’s mind: securing mobility.

Eric Bell from Cisco led a great presentation on how to promote mobility that trends like BYOD and innovations with device and apps promote, all while remaining secure in the enterprise.

A big realization for folks is, wireless access is the preferred means of entry and connectivity. Wireless consumer preferences, in addition to the proliferation of devices that are wifi capable, has resulted in businesses needing to construct networks that can handle high-capacity computing (think FaceTime, video streams and Skype – all of that adds up in terms of data!).

It’s an inevitable industry shift, but luckily for us and our attendees, Eric shared best practices, both from and industry perspective, and to shed light on some of the solutions that Cisco offers, to help combat these challenges. Essentially, in order to offer such connectivity and understanding that employees and outside constituents will be bringing unsecured devices, the network must ensure three important practices to achieve unified access and mobility: predictability, visibility, and control.

If you are interested in learning more about what Cisco offers within this realm, check out it’s Identity Services Engine (ISE) – a security policy management and control platform that automates and simplifies access control and security compliance for wired, wireless, and VPN connectivity. Cisco ISE is primarily used to provide secure access and guest access, support BYOD initiatives, and enforce usage policies in conjunction with Cisco TrustSec. As devices multiply and traffic follows suit, make sure that your network is not disrupted and that all apps are healthy.

If you have any questions about this session, or want to learn more about how Markley supports healthy networking, let us know at srocap@markleygroup.com.

We hope to see you at our next Meet @ Markley – stay tuned here for details around our February session.