I’ve been greatly amused by Cisco’s attempts at thought leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) space, especially as (so far) they’ve contributed nothing to it. The Internet of things is not the Internet of big things; in a post- Raspberry Pi world, it small sensors matched to simple electronics, controlled by cloud services using open(ish) APIs. None of which, as far as I can tell, have anything to do with Cisco. Continue reading
In June 2010 a customer was starting to mull the idea of a “Bring your own Device” (BYOD) policy. There are various interpretations of this but it’s been certainly been driven by the huge growth in smartphones and tablets in the enterprise. A story familiar to you all: CxO of your company is a “technical” and brings into the office Foxconn’s finest fondleware. Suddenly it’s your number one priority to “increase the productivity” of this shiny-haired buffoon by allowing him to strut around the place with a rare-earth vanity mirror Facebooking his Mum or what-not. I’m going to focus on the whole practicalities of access and network access control in a future blog, but as you may suspect, I’ve got a bit of an issue with these policies and what it means to the enterprise and the poor sap whose job it is too keep the data where it’s supposed to be and looked at by whom it’s supposed to be.