Cisco News of the Month

With so much going on in the IT world every day, sometimes it seems almost impossible to keep up on all the latest news and updates. We decided we wanted to start compiling all the most important news stories of the month to use as a resource for both our team - and yours. This post will be specifically on Cisco news.

Be sure to check back often to take advantage of this resource and stay up-to-date!


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    Cisco sells Linksys brand to Belkin



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While this news initially broke in January, the acquisition was finalized mid-March. According to Computerworld, this move is significant because it shows a "continued a shift by Cisco away from consumer products and toward large architectures for enterprises and service providers." It will be interesting to watch the shift as Cisco abandons the consumer market and dedicates its attention to the larger IT solutions industry.

 

 

 


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    Cisco Announces Platform that Provides Unified Access for Wired and Wireless Infrastructures



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The Unified Access Data Plane, or UADP, is a way for enterprises to combine traditional data networks and mobile platforms. Enterprise Networking Planet states, "This proposal represents an entirely new class of networking hardware that allows people to build unified networks from the ground up, essentially uniting two distinct logical networks into one." This development is important as demand for seamless solutions continues to grow and organizations look toward next-generation infrastructures.

 

 

 


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    Cisco Password Implementation Error Puts Hardware at Risk



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 This news hit the IT world last week after research uncovered the security risk. Cisco then issued a warning about password weaknesses in some of its routers, switches and appliances that are using the Cisco IOS and Cisco IOS XE. According to InformationWeek, "The problem stems from Cisco's use of the Type 4 password algorithm in the operating system, and its failure to salt – add random bits to - passwords or use PBKDF2, which randomizes passphrases and adds a salt, thus deriving a cryptographic key that's more difficult to crack." The company recommends that organizations search for any Type 4 passwords they've generated and replace with Type 5 passwords.

 

 

 


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    Cisco Owes $70 Million for Patent Fraud



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A federal jury decided on Friday that Cisco owes XpertUniverse Inc. $70 million for patent fraud, alleged to have occurred during a partnership between the two companies. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cisco was found guilty of "fraud by concealment" in addition to violating two patents. Cisco continues to reject the allegations and states that it may pursue an appeal.