Day 2 had some great moments & more exciting sessions & events! I got as much info as I could so let’s take a look at the exciting takeaways from day 2!
Keynote Powering an Inclusive Future for All
This afternoon’s Keynote touched base in how inclusive we need to be in the future & how Cisco can deli ever in implementing innovative ideas & solutions to help! One way is they’re having their own employees’ partner with CVS to provide better insight & solutions.
Also, some of the biggest key takeaways was the announcement of Webex integrating over 400+ new features into their platform. Their new Webex Desk Hub & Webex Camera Hardware into their portfolio.
Another amazing inclusion was the launching of Webex Contact Center! which will have integrations with every app from multiple platforms.
Focus framing another great future will now show & provide better visuals of every participant whether in person or virtual. I personally loved one of the newest features to come called Personal Insights! Using enhanced analytics, this will allow everyone to focus more on building the right connections amongst your team, focusing on specific individuals’ & even assuring better time management is met in your day to day life.
Securing Webex Meetings with Zero Trust Security- Tony Mulchrone
Tony gave an incredible presentation & complete overview of what end to end encryption is and how we’ve utilized it in encrypting webex meetings today.
For sometime, SIP devices could encrypt signaling & media which was key in assuring secure session setup in webex.
By Q2 though the landscape will be significantly changing, nothing will be changing for end users & admins other than possibly some CA certificate & version updates.
allowing for new standards through MLS, SFrame & ACME. With new features zero trust will offer not only full support for meetings but also any cloud registered devices as well!
The Future of Network Security is in the Cloud with Cisco SASE- Jeff Fanelli
This was without question one of my favorite sessions of day 2! Its no secret that there’s been an huge shift in out IT Landscape. From multiple changes in how we see traffic flows, destination paths & security. Cisco created an incredible solution to encapsulate & refocus how we do security through SASE Convergence.
Focusing on network as a service, malware prevention, SD-WAN & more. SASE also wanted to focus on the three C’s which are imperative to our growth in the security space!
Connectivity, whether its LAN/WAN, SD-WAN, Hybrid WAN, Remote Access it will allow multiple ways for users & devices to connect through multiple applications.
Control, which monitors end to end threat visibility & security it houses full security solutions & features. Finally Converge, delivers a complete network & security experience in assuring your devices, endpoints & more will be secured over the entire infrastructure.
It’s also incredible that both AMP & Umbrella have been incorporated into the SASE portfolio for the ultimate in security solutions!
Equality, Resilience and Giving Back- Billie Jean King and Serena Williams
This session was so powerful & gave me so much insight into things I didn’t know myself! Serena Williams is without question the premier athlete in tennis today. With over 23 grand slam titles & endless accomplishments her name is synonymous with women tennis. Our other panelist, Billie Jean King, needs no introduction as the pioneer in women’s tennis with over 39 grand slam titles, and multiple accomplishments. This session truly highlighted balancing being a world class athlete, public figure, mother & so much more. Billie put it best when she described her foray into tennis that the goal was to simply have a place to complete & play. For women to be appreciated for their accomplishments not just their looks. It was common for women back then to make less dues to their being a gap in equal pay. So, for a woman to win Wimbledon they would receive 750 pounds, while men would receive 2,000 for their wins. There was so many incredible highlights & if you can I would definitely advise to check this session out!
Diagnosing and Troubleshooting Meetings in Webex- Paul Giralt
Now I got pulled into a few directions for this one! But I did manage to catch some highlights & if you’re new to Webex or looking to really dive into more troubleshooting techniques this is the session to check out! Webex & Webex Global Cloud is more in demand now than ever.
With remote & virtual sessions increasing worldwide, we need to assure we have ways to oversee them. Through Webex Control Hub you can look at every piece of info for a user within your organization such as their bandwidth, meetings & more.
But if you’re unsure of some common Webex problems some basic troubleshooting such as user onboarding steps missed, an incorrect email or web id can cause some login or sync issues. Also, another thing to check is to make sure the current version of the client is installed this can prevent an app issue.
Simplify Your Security by Operationalizing the Cisco SecureX Security Platform- Jamey Heary
I managed to catch some of this presentation but be assured I’m rewatching again when its available! I’ve been advocating since day one even to my own team just how the SecureX portfolio is the future not just in real time detection, response & remediation. But also, a one stop for everything that houses all of Cisco’s incredible solutions, platforms & more.
The live demo of the UI & even testing some of the playbooks was amazing & if you’re interested in learning more check out some of the highlights here & head over to watch the session!
Keeping Up on Network Security with Cisco Secure Firewall- Andrew Ossipov
Another one of my favorite sessions which ended Day 2 was Andrews presentation in keeping up with security on Cisco Secure Firewalls. This truly opened our eyes to somethings we may or may not have known. Such as is the traditional firewall dead? The answer is no its just changed how we monitor & protect our infrastructure.
Using SaaS, it now allows us to work from anywhere, though low-touch provisioning firewalls can be setup, configured & deployed in minutes. We also learned of some new features & incoming portfolio additions which I was pumped for!
Features such as the announcement that FTD 7.0 will have newer integrations for both FTD & ASA versions & Docker container support which is incredible in itself! We were also given a sneak peek into somethings such as Web Application Protection which will help assist with protecting inbound/outbound security.
Flow Content via endpoint client, which will increase policy decision times & faster response times in targeting malware & other threats & the new user identity policies which we got to see some live demos of is in my mind the perfect way to end our sessions at Cisco Live!
Closing Celebration- The Killers
To say the ending was bittersweet is an understatement, it felt like yesterday I just started recapping day one with all of you and now to finish it up is surreal. The Killers whom i’ve listed too since 7th grade ha-ha put on a performance that was fitting to an already spectacular event! It was so incredible to get to watch them perform, now if I can get to see them in person even better! With my second Cisco Live virtual event in the books, it was mind blowing insane & it just heightens the awesomeness level of when I can finally attend my first in person one! I want to personally say thank you to Chuck Robbins, every presenter, artists, speakers & most importantly every team including the social media teams who are are without question some of the best to do this! In making this year’s event so special & truly one to remember forever. And a huge thank you doesn’t even seem enough to all of you for your love & support you’ve shown me & continue to in enjoying my recap of the event, social media support. As I continue to grow in my career & in my journey I’m blessed to be able to share it with all of you. Until next time, stay safe & hopefully I’ll see you in person at the next Cisco Live!