What you need to know from Cisco Live to plan for 2018

Cisco Live 2017Summer is conference season. Now that the weather is getting cooler and the days are getting shorter, we have a little bit of time to breathe, and take in what we saw during all those information-packed days. One of the events that stuck with us was Cisco Live.

For those of us trying to figure out how to best utilize and deal with the Internet of Things (IoT) and the vast amounts of data it’s making available — that is to say, almost all of us — Cisco’s event was especially interesting. There were a few statistics that Cisco executives shared that really brought home just how the IoT is changing the technology landscape. Thankfully, the sessions also offered some insight on how to prepare for this exciting future.

Here are some of the stats that caught our eye, as well as some insight on how to prepare for the future they foretell.

The stats

  • Chris Dedicoat, EVP of worldwide sales for Cisco, cited that last year the number of “things” that connected to the Internet surpassed the number of computers, phones, and other mobile devices.
  • Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins said that by 2020 there will be as many a 1 million new Internet connections per hour.

The solution: Network Intuitive

These are stunning numbers and speak to just how much work we have to do to keep pace with how the IoT is changing business (and make our “How Big Can Big Data Get” blog look a bit prescient). With all these new connections, managing networks and reducing their complexity — including planning, set up, security and change management — has never been more important. In fact, without moving significantly in this direction, there’s simply no way organizations will able to deal with the sheer number and types of connections required.

Cisco has been planning for this for a while, and recently launched its intent-based network, dubbed Network Intuitive. In short, it’s a network designed from the ground up to navigate and perform in this new world of the IoT, hybrid cloud, multicloud, and so on. It is a combination of software and hardware, that’s hardwired to connect at scale and remove complexity, while providing tight security.

The stats

  • TK Keanini, a principal engineer at Cisco cited that more than half of all network traffic — 55% — is now encrypted. This number is expected to be over 80% by 2019.
  • Related, Keanini said that experts expect more than 70% of cyberattacks to be encrypted by 2019.

The solution: encryption and prediction

As stunning as the traffic stats are, these numbers are just plain scary. Traditionally, in order to learn what network behavior is suspicious, and what behavior isn’t, this encrypted traffic would have to be decrypted. That, of course, can bring up a litany of privacy issues — or even compliance concerns if we’re talking about certain types of data. So, what is a company to do?

This is where Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics can really help out. It analyzes the network flow’s metadata, removing the need to decrypt the actual traffic, and uses machine learning to separate threats from normal, day-to-day traffic. Threats can then be automatically quarantined by the system, as well. With the sheer number of threats continuing to rise, this type of hands-off solution could be crucial for overstretched IT departments.

Now that we have this eye-opening information, what are the next steps? KeyInfo is a certified Cisco reseller and strategic business partner, so we have some ideas and strategies for integrating these solutions into your business.

To learn more about Cisco’s Network Intuitive and how KeyInfo can help you get ahead of these statistics, contact us.


Michael Glancy
Senior Sales Executive Officer

Key Information Systems, Inc.