Computer security, Cisco Systems The Network You Know, the Scale to Take it Anywhere – Cisco IoT DEMO

Here today to talk to you about the network, you know and the scale to take it anywhere. So one thing we’ve seen at cisco is: we have had tens of thousands of customers across all different sorts of industries coming to us with a common theme, which is that every industry is going through digital transformation. Everything is getting connected, so the networks that historically have lived within the enterprise space within the carpeted space within branches within data centers is being pushed out into every nook and cranny of the business. So imagine if you’re a retailer that might mean things like having connectivity and visibility into what’s, going on inside of your warehouse or inside, of the parking lots outside of your your facilities or in the manufacturing plants to make all those products or the transportation systems that Are delivering those products in every industry there’s this push towards digital transformation, because companies are looking to get more insight into what’s happening in their environment to collect more data, so they can make better decisions. Deliver higher quality products reduce their operating costs, improve their customer experience, and so, as that’s happening. What you see is the networks are being pushed into more and more challenging environments, and so, as you move outside of the confines of a data center or an enterprise, where you find that the temperature ranges are much more extreme, things might have to live outside. Where it’s very cold, or it becomes very hot or it’s, very humid or it’s on a moving vehicle where there’s various shock and vibrations that come into play to play, it could be some place where there’s exposed to water, it’s exposed to dust.

And, of course, you also have different requirements in terms of industry, certifications if you’re running in part of the electric grid or you’re running as part of a transportation system, there’s all these specialized requirements that have to be met on your products and, of course, the cost Of fixing failures becomes much more expensive, it’s much more difficult to go service, a product it’s out in some remote location where it might be very expensive to visit. It might require multiple people for safety reasons, and so you need a network that’s built to handle those very harsh and severe requirements and so that’s what we do in the iotbu. So as part of cisco, we leverage the technology that’s in all the rest of cisco. So all of the switching technology, the routing technology, the wireless technology, the security that you’ve come to know and trust in the enterprise and we’ve customized it for use in these harsh industrial environments, so it’s purpose built to survive and thrive in very difficult environments. So we make sure that it has all the right industry certifications. It meets all the right environmental, certifications and requirements and still delivers all the value that you look for from cisco infrastructure. So the ability to extend intent based networking down to the network edge ability to extract data process it locally so have edge intelligence to take that data and move it securely not only across the industrial environment but up through the rest of your enterprise.

So deliver that into the applications where you’re looking to do analytics machine learning, other analyses to help you reduce cost and increase efficiency and because it’s built on top of the same heritage is the rest of cisco technology. We’Re able to integrate that seamlessly throughout the enterprise. So it’s not just an isolated industrial network, it’s a seamless part of your overall network fabric, so the same management tools, the same security policies that you have in the enterprise you can extend down into the industrial edge, so one common network fabric managed through a common Set of tools with a common set of security policies, what i want to do now is take a few minutes to look at some industries where this technology is being applied and give you some ideas of how it fits. So let me start by talking about the electric grid, so obviously all of us have electric grids: electric grid powers from the modern world around us. Without electricity, everything stops whether it’s delivery of water delivery of the internet. Everything is fundamentally connected to the grid, and so, if you think about, where can networking extend right, it really goes everywhere, it’s from the beginning of where utilities are generating power, it’s all through the transmission and distribution system, all the way down to our individual homes, monitoring Our usage of electricity or helping to curtail our usage during times of severe stress and what we’re seeing is that utilities are under incredible pressure to have more reliable grids right to be able to understand what’s happening on the grid and keep it running right.

While at the same time securing it against increased cyber threats, so i think all of us are familiar with, i think, various blackouts or attacks that you might read about or overloads in the grid. Obviously we have the recent unfortunate situation in texas and what you see is there’s market drivers, regulatory drivers, technical drivers that are moving utilities to put more and more devices and into the field that they want to be able to securely connect at scale and i’ve got Two keywords highlighted there scale and cyber security, because you think about this we’re, not talking about thousands of devices or even tens of thousands devices. In many cases, it’s millions of devices, for example. We recently have done a project with a utility that basically served an entire country or the majority of a country where collectively there’s tens of thousands of substations, where they want to put networking the switching and routing be able to manage and monitor and control. Those to enhance the reliability of the grid right so it’s really about how do i provide more reliable service at lower cost that’s secure that lets me incorporate more renewables into the grid, so i can reduce my carbon footprint and become more energy independent. At the same time, there’s many different pressures to change the business model, to have the ability for consumers to generate their own power and incorporate that into the grid be compensated for that generation. All of that requires a secure network that can extend throughout the entire the entirety of the utility so taking their cisco network in the enterprise and extending it out into the field, maybe a slightly smaller in scale, but still incredibly large scale.

Application is digitizing. The roadways of the state so again, if you think about all the infrastructure, all the transportation infrastructure around this right, there’s, incredible economic costs and safety impacts to having inefficiencies and lack of visibility into that infrastructure. So again, as you start to look around, you see that there’s an incredible number of places or opportunities to add intelligence, to add devices and connectivity to those devices, whether it’s things like pedestrian safety at crosswalks and various sensors and interconnects to the traffic lights and the Walk signals controlling the street lighting, so you can both dim the lighting to reduce your energy load when there’s no traffic on the street to reduce the cost of providing that street lighting, but also increase the brightness when there is traffic or when there’s events or if There’S safety incidents, you know, there’s toll booths, there’s, switching and intersections there’s weather signals, there’s signage right again, an enormous number of devices that can be connected. So again, the similar theme it’s really about secure connectivity at scale and being able to manage that as part of the fabric of your cisco enterprise network. So just two quick examples. The first is actually from a it’s, actually a country level, but it’s a country where they were looking to get more efficiency out of the roadway right increase. The safety increase the throughput of traffic and by doing that, or to enable that they deployed a very large number of cameras and sensors um throughout their roadways right with 70 000 sensors and 6500 cameras all connected to a fiber optic network managed with cisco industrial switches.

In dnac second example below is from the state here in the in the us, where again it’s very high scale, so 16 000 traffic intersections, you have 79 000 miles of roadway, and what you’re looking to do in that case is again digitize. All of these intersections be able to provide finer grain control, better visibility into what’s happening at the intersection, reduce accidents, increase the throughput of the roadway increase safety it’s leveraging a network called firstnet, which is a lte network, built out by att here in the u.s that’s Available to first responders in critical infrastructure, so the idea is when there is some catastrophe, some event that would put stress on the lte network. You want to be sure that first responders have priority access and firstnet gives them that and leveraging again the cisco technologies that we have throughout the enterprise we’re able to offer firstnet cellular modems that work in our industrial router platforms. Now the first two examples were very industry: centric very focused on particular verticals. You know very industrialized, verticals utilities and roadways, and if you think about this, this general need applies to every business right wherever you are whatever industry you’re in you have assets outside of your carpeted space right, so you might have you know, even in your building, when We’Re all allowed to go back into buildings, you’ll see there’s video cameras in the parking lot, maybe there’s outdoor wi fi that you provide to your employees while they’re having lunch outside.

You have a building management system that is, has machinery in it that you want that. Your contractors want to be able to remotely monitor and control, so they can increase the efficiency of your building and you have eb charging stations right. You have many many different places where you have value you can gain by extending your network and having access to more data and in all those cases you can take the network that you know, take the cisco enterprise network and extend that to those recognized spaces right. So leverage the same technologies that you have indoors and extend those outdoors so extend your network fabric, manage them as part of that fabric, whether it’s a switch or a router be able to bring all the analytics that you have from dnac up into your from your Enterprise so into your industrial devices, so understand. For example, what cameras are connected to those industrial switches? Get that telemetry data being able to secure it that’s very important, so you can leverage technologies like stealthwatch but also iot centric technology. So you can look to see what are those endpoints connected into your network? Are they potentially vulnerable? You know what provision of firmware they’re running. What are they, so you can then figure out if they should be connected to your network or, if they’re behaving in some unexpected way right. So i think the key point i want to make is that it’s, not you know, it’s, not just about these very i’ll.

Call them esoteric, even though they’re very critical, but it’s not just about the esoteric industrialized applications that really every application every business has the need to extend their network right. We see this again with tens of thousands of customers who worked with around the world with this common theme of extending connectivity and that’s what that’s, what we are enabling through this unified platform. So, just to summarize again, as i said, it’s really everybody that’s exposed to this – i i hope i assume that all of your businesses, all of you, are seeing that right that your enterprise is extending outside of its traditional four walls and and going out into these New ruggedized spaces and what’s unique about cisco how we can help our customers is that we can offer you one unified experience to do that. So historically, industrial networks, which we sometimes call ot or operational technology networks, and it networks have been separate, all right separately, managed separately, built separately maintained and what that’s meant is that it’s been very difficult to share information between those networks right, it’s, expensive to do integrations And you don’t get a lot of reuse of network technologies, you’re, not leveraging the skills and expertise of your it department to manage and secure those networks. So you’ve had you know: security, vulnerabilities or gaps in your network where potentially bad actors could come in and what we’re doing by offering this unified platform is letting you take the network that you know and trust and take it everywhere, so extend it out into the Rest of your business and if you’re interested in learning, more, which i hope you are there’s a number of other virtual sessions that you can attend as part of cisco live um summer breakouts summer demos.

So you can hear about different technologies. How you can extend and test intent, based networking into the rest of your network, why industrial iot is so cool which hopefully you’ve got a little taste of that now talk about some of the evolution we have for access technologies into industrial iot and then see some Examples some practical examples of both routing and switching being applied to industrial context in this last two sessions. So again, thank you for your time been attending today’s session. I hope you have a good cisco live and that this has been valuable for you.

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