Traditional firewalls and AV won’t stop many advanced attacks and the threats changes so frequently, many companies are struggling to keep up. So what’s the answer? To cut through the noise, we are hosting two cybersecurity sessions at Cisco offices in Didsbury on 17th October 2018. During the session, you’ll learn about the latest security threats and what simple steps companies can take now to protect their business, as well as an end-to-end view of the Cisco security portfolio.As part of the session we will arrange for a complimentary security audit of your network. There is no cost to attend, so to register, please complete the registration form online:
Have you registered for the MLR Networks Cyber Security North Seminar on October 17th?
During the seminar you’ll learn about the latest cyber security threats from James Barratt, Head of Cyber at Cisco with some simple steps you can take to protect your network immediately.
We’ll also have a first look at Umbrella. Umbrella is a simple but effective methodology ― learn, see, block. By constantly scanning threats, it can block any attempts to infiltrate the network, whilst constantly learning and improving. All attendees will qualify for a free Umbrella trial.
We’d love to see you there, so register today to secure your place:
Across the UK, we’ve been experiencing one of most severe winters we’ve seen for several years. Combined with a particularly virulent flu season, the odds have been well and truly stacked against an already over-stretched NHS.
No doubt, we’ve all seen press stories on how A&E departments have been forced to treat patients in corridors as surgery waiting lists rise. That’s why I was so pleased to be involved in a recent project that resulted in a new hospital opening on time and on budget.
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary boasts some of the most up-to-date technology currently available within the NHS. This includes medical grade ubiquitous WiFi throughout, which has been fully tested and accepted – and is available to all patients and staff.
Imagine being able to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to help provide care for the elderly at home. Or being able to optimise energy consumption of buildings using data…
These are just two of the societal issues that we’re looking tackle as part of our Open Innovation challenges with Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP).
We’re on the search to find some of the UK’s best start-ups with the vision to help transform Manchester through smart technologies.
Kicking off in March, we want eight SMEs to take part in the challenges running over 2 months – with the opportunity to work with partners from public sector, corporate and academic worlds. This is all part of Manchester’s CityVerve Internet of Things test-bed, which is collecting and sharing data from across the city to create a range of solutions the people living and working there.
Sustainability, traffic congestion, and long-term health conditions are all on the hit list for the Open Innovation challenges. Combining data, technology and creativity, here’s the four briefs we’re asking SMEs to respond to before entries close on February 14th:
Take-away: The IoT market structure in a 2017 UK Ofcom report provides a framework that spans segmentation by business (B2B) and consumer (B2C), public and private sector.
IoT: what and when?
Do you know which market sectors will adopt the Internet-of-Things (IoT) most rapidly? Industry authors have asked this question in the context of business (B2B) and consumer (B2C) markets.  It will also be one of the topics of debate as Cisco brings together industry experts at the IoT World Forum (22-24 May, 2017).
Although policy makers and regulators have published reports on the importance of IoT within their jurisdictions,  there has been a reluctance by this type of organisation to commit to forecasts. As recently as January 2017, the U.S. Department of Commerce could justify a wait-and-see approach, by referring to “premature [IoT] quantification and metrics”.
The commissioning of a report by UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom indicates a pioneering willingness by a national regulator to forecast the scale of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Keeping hospital patients connected – one family’s Wi-Fi experience
For those who follow me on social media or listen to my podcasts, you’ll know that I am an unashamed geek – and that much of the time, I geek-out defiantly about Wi-Fi.
But until my mother went into hospital for a routine operation, it hadn’t occurred to me how much my family and I would end up relying on Wi-Fi. I could spend the rest of this blog discussing how the hospital uses Wi-Fi to connect medical devices, clinical staff and monitor equipment. This is of course correct, but what I want to talk about is the positive impact Wi-Fi has had on my family.
The hospital in question has Wi-Fi everywhere – and I mean everywhere. And they allow access to patients and visitors, simply and easily with just a couple of clicks. This is especially helpful because my mum isn’t young, so needs to be able to connect her tablet device to the internet quickly and easily.
Keeping her connected to the whole family is hugely important, and being able to use her tablet for video calls with her children and grandchildren helps keep her happy.
Sounds easy – but is it?
However, while making a video call might be simple at home, with just a handful of devices connected to your home network, it’s a different story in a hospital setting. Here there are multitudes of patient and visitor devices plus staff and clinical devices, all relying on the Wi-Fi access, with many of them critical to the quality of patient care.
Achieving a great experience for virtually everyone and everything in the building isn’t easy therefore, but this NHS Trust has worked hard to design and build a Wi-Fi network that is second to none. Some of the best practices it uses are covered in my podcast with some of Cisco’s top Wi-Fi experts:
Cisco were joined by Brett Martin for his hat-trick performance on the Cisco UKI podcast. This time he is going to talk about Cisco Meraki and how they have made it so simple to manage and run a #fullstacknetwork from the cloud.
Wi-Fi is so much more than connecting to the internet (and looking at funny cat videos social media), it can do so much more. In this episode I am joined by Wi-Fi Guru Brett Martin @brett_martin1 to explain how businesses and organisations can get more out of Wi-Fi by using analytics. Put your headphones on and have a listen, and let me know what you think @justinwoolen.
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