I have been pretty busy writing proposal to potential speakers and exhibitors for the upcoming TAWA event. Recently, I have just sent out sponsorship letters to some of the potential companies. Now, I manage to “squeeze” some time to complete my review for CISCO (stock quote – NasdaqGS: CISCO) event.
Ever since the last TAWA event – “Wireless Security in Singapore”, the curiosity in IT has triggered me to learn more about network security. The opportunity came at the right time when Association of Small-Medium Enterprise (ASME) sent me an invitation to attend an event organized by CISCO – Differentiate Yourself with the “IT” Factor.
I vividly recalled that I was rushing to the event thinking that I might lose my way to Capital Tower where CISCO office is. Luckily, the building is only a couple of meters away from the MRT exit of Tanjong Pagar station. I managed to reach there just before the event started.
Banner (Picture above): “When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Smart”
The event is a series of talks targeted at Small-Medium Enterprises (SME). The profiles of the crowd are very diverse. I got to meet people from logistic, consultancy, IT and even beauty salons!
Although I am the youngest (I think so) among the crowd, I have managed to garner good business contacts. A very good business networking platform. I am surprised to see Christopher Lee from Geek Terminal. He was giving a presentation on how CISCO products have helped in his F&B business. Also, I got to know Nicholas Ng, Director of Small & Medium Business, CISCO.
There are many interesting talks but the one I like most is the live demonstration on computer hacking in the common network.
Amazing! It takes only seconds to hack into your computer and this can be done using free online hacking tool. (You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to be a hacker. All you need to do is to google the phrase “hacking tools” and you will know the “how”) You think your firewalls installed in you laptop is safe. Think again.
A product that might interest the SME owners is the CISCO Unified Communication 500, a device that integrates telephony, voice messaging, automated attendant, security, VPN and video. Unlike those big machines you see in large companies, this system is pretty much designed for SMEs. Anyway, SMEs don’t need super-powered system for their operations.
The pdf brochure is available for download here. The information is provided by Comstor, a leading specialty distributor of Cisco solutions with specific programs and capabilities for advanced technologies such as Voice, Security and Mobility.
Picture above: Unified Communication System – Linksys Business Series
If you are interested to know how such product can help your business, you may wish to contact Mr Michael Long at email@example.com
CISCO event is more than selling of products. it is educational and provides relevant information for today’s competitive business environment.
However, the duration of the event is long and it is rather difficult to digest all the technical information.
Read further down if you want to know more.
CISCO understands the needs as well as the difficulties faced by the SMEs. Finances have always been an issue faced by all SMEs but I think that should not be the obstacle for expansion.
Hitachi Capital offers a broad range of products that will help companies to invest on their operations. If you have the intention to invest on CISCO products, you should talk to Hitachi Capital for assistance in financing your purchases (Drop me a mail and I can refer you to the relevant people in Hitachi Capital).
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So What’s Next? CISCO Security Techbyte – Network as the Security Platform
Cisco Security TechByte will address new and continuing threats to the critical corporate information security, as well as responses to the increasing risk of security breaches, data exfiltration, identity theft and more.
CISCO Security Techbyte – Network as the Security Platform. is opened to public. For more information, please visit CISCO website. Hope you guys will enjoy this upcoming session.