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    S9|E26 Cisco Talos Incident Response

    S9|E26 Cisco Talos Incident Response

    Just as the hybrid workplace has evolved recently, so has the threat landscape. Our suite of proactive and reactive incident response services delivers the visibility and threat intelligence you need to help prepare, respond, and recover from a breach. Access the full breadth of Cisco Talos, a recognized leader in threat intelligence and research.

    In this episode, we can dive into Talos Incident response can provide:

    · Greater visibility: Unmatched security capabilities facilitated by the largest telemetry and partner network in the industry.
    · Threat intelligence: Access to the full breadth of Talos, backed by the most-trusted responder and analysts, via Insights on Demand.
    · Faster response: Operational rigor and advanced tooling to apply global threat intelligence targeted at your organization.

    Related links
    https://talosintelligence.com/incident_response?dtid=opdcsnc001469
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Ben Story (twitter.com/ntwrk80), RedEye Network Solutions, Sr. Network Security Engineer
    Gert-Jan de Boer (twitter.com/gjdeboer), aaZoo Network Solutions, Network and Security Specialist
    Marc Luescher (twitter.com/LuescherMarc), Fresenius Medical Care, Network/ Email Security Architect

    Guest
    Liz Waddell, Cisco, IR Practice Lead, Talos Incident Response

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 40 min
    S9|E25 SD-WAN and Ubiquitous Cloud Security: Essential to a Complete SASE Architecture

    S9|E25 SD-WAN and Ubiquitous Cloud Security: Essential to a Complete SASE Architecture

    With applications and users everywhere, the networks are now, more than ever, being tasked with delivering consistent protection while providing an exceptional user experience across multicloud environments (public, private, and hybrid cloud). The accelerated adoption of cloud-based applications and expanded remote workforce have also created significant challenges, including security and connectivity gaps, as well as unprecedented levels of network complexity that NetOps and SecOps teams could not have anticipated.

    Organizations are rethinking their networking and security strategies to meet the agenda of delivering a secure cloud-first and seamless hybrid work experience. Organizations now require a solution where networking and security functions are completely integrated into a single service. The solution – that intelligently and securely connects their users to the applications they need, regardless of where they are located. These organizations now turn to Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to reduce complexity, bring security and connectivity closer together, and optimize experiences for users everywhere. The integration of existing networking, such as software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), and cloud-delivered security technologies (such as SWG, CASB, FWaaS and ZTNA) into a unified cloud-based secure connectivity solution is what constitutes SASE. The essence of a true SASE platform is built on SD-WAN architecture, bringing together SD-WAN’s core benefits with increased cloud security. SD-WAN extends the network perimeter to the end-user and safely connects the distributed users to distributed resources, all without compromising on the application performance.

    Figuring out the best approach for your network security can be tricky. Which technology should you adopt? How can you reduce costs and complexity, improve user experience, simplify WAN management, and ultimately secure your network better? With over 30 years of experience in networking and security, and recognition as the leader in WAN edge and zero-trust security, Cisco is the trusted partner for your organization wherever you are on your SASE journey. SASE isn’t a one-size-fits-all initiative — and Cisco is uniquely positioned to meet your needs at a pace that is right for you with a complete secure access service edge portfolio.

    In this episode, we dive into how Cisco+ Secure Connect Now (a turnkey SASE solution powered by the Cisco Security Cloud and the Meraki platform) brings together our best-in-class networking, client connectivity, security, and monitoring capabilities into a single subscription service that will deliver seamless, secure access to any application, over any network, anywhere users work. This turnkey SASE solution is a great option for organizations who want to transition to a single subscription model where they can pay for what they need. No upfront investment or set-up required – just take it and go to everything you need for SASE now.

    Related links
    SD-WAN: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/enterprise-networks/sd-wan/index.html
    Cisco Plus Secure Connect Now: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/plus-as-a-service/secure-connect.html
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Dan Kelcher (twitter.com/ipswitch), Merdian IT, Enterprise Network and Cybersecurity Solutions Architect
    Michael Witte (twitter.com/themikewitte), WWT, Technical Solutions Architect
    Ryan Harris (twitter.com/bridgeisroot), Presidio, Senior Engineer

    Guest
    Matt Gillies, Cisco, Cisco Fellow and Chief Architect, WW Systems Engineer and Technology

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 36 min
    S9|E24 Enabling Mobile Communication with Cisco Radio Aware Routing

    S9|E24 Enabling Mobile Communication with Cisco Radio Aware Routing

    Cisco Radio Aware Routing addresses several of the challenges faced when merging IP routing and radio communications in mobile networks, especially those exhibiting ad hoc (MANET) behavior. This technology has applications in the defense industry as well as state and local government for search and rescue, law enforcement, and disaster assessment.

    Our existing routing protocols such as OSPFv3 and EIGRP need to adjust their path metrics very quickly to maintain a cohesive operational network. The routing protocol also needs a way to get information from the radios, requiring a radio to router protocol that is delivered by Cisco Radio Aware Routing in the form of two open protocols, which we will discuss here.

    Tune in to this episode to learn how Cisco Radio Aware Routing provides capabilities that facilitate:

    • Optimal route selection based on cross-layer feedback from cooperating radios
    • Faster convergence when nodes join and leave the network
    • Flow-controlled communications between the radio and its partner router
    • Efficient integration of point-to-point, directional radio topologies with multihop routing
    • Neighbor Up / Down Status

    (3:00) History on Cisco Radio Routing
    (4:56) Real world applications
    (7:20) Potential applications in the mining sector
    (8:58) Other than mining, where can this be used?
    (9:50) How do we configure
    (11:44) How does this work? Where is the benefit with this routing?
    (15:11) What devices support this today and going forward?
    (17:00) In terms of metrics, when we talk about optimization there is a sensitivity of the metric. How long does the solution wait before it starts to make a decision? Which metrics would have a higher rating?
    (22:18) When will we see everyday use of this technology?
    (23:25) What can you do to support adoption of this technology?
    (24:21 Which radio vendors are you guys working with today? And how can we help with those radio vendors- to get them to start using this technology?
    (27:17) Are we building this technology into APs?
    (28:13) How does LTE fit in?
    (31:07) Is there a way to centrally manage this?
    (32:54) Shouldn’t we see QoE in vManage now?


    Related links
    https://blogs.cisco.com/internet-of-things/cisco-radio-aware-routing?dtid=opdcsnc001469
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Alan Gardner, Current Technologies, CEO
    Jonathan Mahady (twitter.com/jonathan_mahady) BHP, Senior PCN Network Engineer
    Mike Bolitho (twitter.com/NetEngMike), CommonSpirit Health, Wireless Engineer

    Guest
    Frank Columbus, Cisco, Technical Marketing Engineer, IoT Networking

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 37 min
    S9|E23 The Cisco Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point

    S9|E23 The Cisco Catalyst 9136 Wi-Fi 6E Access Point

    The Wi-Fi 6E Catalyst 9136 access point takes advantage of the 6-GHz band to produce a network that is more reliable and secure, with higher throughput, more capacity, and less device interference. These access points come with built-in environmental sensors and provide a host of features for all your needs.

    Join Cisco Champions as they discuss the Cisco Catalyst 9136 access point, and their experience testing this new AP in their unique environments.

    (5:35) Champions experience deploying the Cisco Catalyst 9136 AP in their unique network environments (Jonathan = mining, Richard = education, Scott = retail)
    Champs comments on the Cisco Catalyst 9136 features
    (12:54) Does anyone have comments on other features of the AP?
    (15:25) Richard, in your space how are customers balancing redundancy and cost of that extra drop?
    (19:00) Did the Champs find any deficiency? (Fred)
    (21:00) Fred talks about power (PoE, USB port, BLE)
    (23:50) Design considerations
    (27:44) What was the Champions experience setting up the AP?
    (29:27) Client consistencies (Fred)
    (32:13) Throughput and reliability data (Richard)
    (38:18) Why were the sensors added? (Jonathan


    Related links
    Learn more: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/products/wireless/catalyst-9100ax-access-points/index.html?dtid=opdcsnc001469
    Blog: https://richardatkin.com/post/2022/03/22/Streaming-environmental-air-quality-data-from-the-Cisco-Catalyst-9136-WiFi6e-Access-Point.html?dtid=opdcsnc001469
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Jonathan Mahady (twitter.com/jonathan_mahady) BHP, Senior PCN Network Engineer
    Richard Atkin (twitter.com/ukricha), ITGL, Solution Architect
    Scott Fella (twitter.com/fella5), Microsoft, Sr. Services Engineer

    Guest
    Fred Niehaus, Cisco, Technical Marketing Engineer

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 45 min
    S9|E22 The New Cisco DevNet Expert Certification

    S9|E22 The New Cisco DevNet Expert Certification

    The Cisco Certified DevNet Expert joins Cisco’s expert-level certification tier and validates candidates’ expertise in network automation and software development—one of the fastest growing fields in networking today. The new DevNet Expert certification allows engineers to distinguish themselves as recognized experts in NetDevOps technologies, as well as their ability to lead the IT teams of the future.

    Listen to this episode to learn which skills are tested on the 8-hour lab exam and how you can best prepare.

    (3:15) Why did Cisco decide to create the Cisco DevNet Expert certification?
    (5:04) How do you determine what makes a DevNet Expert?
    (8:22) Why are there non-Cisco topics in the exam, like Opensource, Ansible and Terraform?
    (9:59) What does it mean to be a DevNet Expert?
    (13:35) Danny’s experience with the DevNet Expert exam.
    (15:27) Logistic question: What do examinees do for lunch?
    (17:56) Minimal hardware requirements for study prep
    (22:30) What is the process of building the exam?
    (26:57) Grading process—automated grading versus manual grading.
    (27:50) Tips to prepare for the exam.
    (30:27) Can you skip portions of the exam and go back?
    (31:27) Design portion versus hands-on portion.
    (32:27) Resources available to you during the exam.
    (35:49) Plans to release a DevNet Expert practice exam
    (37:50) How to rent rack time
    (40:25) What it takes to be an expert.


    Related links:
    Explore the Cisco Certified DevNet Expert Certification: https://cisco.com/go/devnetexpert?dtid=opdcsnc001469
    DevNet Expert Certification Blogs: https://blogs.cisco.com/tag/devnet-expert-certification?dtid=opdcsnc001469
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Danny Wade (twitter.com/devnetdan), NetCraftsmen, Network Automation Engineer
    Jose Bogarin, Altus Consulting, Chief Innovation Officer
    Liam Keegan (twitter.com/liamjkeegan), 24/7 Networks, Solutions Architect

    Guest
    Hank Preston (twitter.com/hfpreston), Cisco, Principal Engineer and Lead Architect, Learning at Cisco

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 48 min
    S9|E21 Cisco AI-Enhanced Radio Resource Management for Wireless Networks

    S9|E21 Cisco AI-Enhanced Radio Resource Management for Wireless Networks

    Your network works for you. Your network has all the data it needs to make it a better network. However, with people coming and going, your network environment becomes a living and breathing entity that is dynamic based on the number of users, the demand for bandwidth and other environmental changes that happen over time. If your network does not adjust to these changes, performance suffers for all devices including IoT and user devices. A solution is needed that continually monitors and optimizes the network to these changes providing the best operational efficiency.

    Tune in to this episode to learn how Cisco has optimized RRM, leveraging Artificial Intelligence to adaptively optimize your wireless network. As a part of Cisco DNA Center AI-Enhanced RRM uses historical data, AP density and other trends to provide the best wireless experience in a dynamic environment.

    (3:09) What is AI Enhanced RRM?
    (4:11) What problems is RRM solving?
    (5:50) How do you make better decisions with more data?
    (6:39) It feels like part of AI RRM is going to massively reduce the amount of tailoring we need to do to the networks, right? Because the AI will be able to make better decisions then we were ever able to make in the past
    (10:34) Is there a dashboard?
    (12:23) How does RRM share insights and make recommendations?
    (15:04) Do you get analytics after you implement a recommended change
    (16:25) We talk about RRM making these decisions. Is it worth running it through the other decisions it can make? What can you expect to change when RRM is making these decisions?
    (18:45) What about 6GHz?
    (22:32) Dynamic bandwidth selection
    (25:50) Can the AI RRM disable radios if it believes this will optimize?
    (26:14) What is the hardware required in our environment?
    (29:50) Real world examples in big events
    (33:50) How many RF profiles can a single instance of AI RRM run?

    Related links
    https://cisco.com/go/dnacenter.com/?dtid=opdcsnc001469
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    Cisco Champion Hosts
    Kjetil Teigen Hansen (twitter.com/mrTeigen), Conscia Norge AS, System Engineer
    Mike Bolitho (twitter.com/NetEngMike), CommonSpirit Health, Wireless Engineer
    Richard Atkin (twitter.com/ukricha), ITGL, Solution Architect

    Guest
    Jim Florwick, Cisco, Technical Marketing Engineer, ENB TME Platforms

    Moderator
    Amilee San Juan (twitter.com/amileesan1), Cisco, Customer Voices and Cisco Champion Program

    • 37 min

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