Practical Cisco Unified Communications Security guides you through securing modern Cisco UC environments that support voice, video, IM, and presence, and integrate real-time collaboration based on mobile/remote access and BYOD. Leading Cisco collaboration experts Nik Smith and Brett Hall bring together knowledge and insights previously scattered through multiple sources, helping you understand both the "why" and the "how" of effective collaboration security in both new ("greenfield") and existing ("brownfield") deployments. Using the proven "Explain, Demonstrate, and Verify" methodology, they explain each security threat, walk through remediation, and show how to confirm correct implementation. Smith and Hall present a reference network design based on the Standard Cisco Preferred UC Architecture, and walk through securing each attack surface in a logical progression, across each Cisco UC application domain. Chapter summaries provide quick reference checklists, and the authors offer links to even more detail wherever needed.
Brett Hall, CCIE R&S, Collaboration #20774, is a Customer Solutions Architect supporting Cisco's product and service offerings for enterprise customers across the U.S. Army and defense agencies. He has more than 20 years' IT experience and has worked with Cisco to support federal government initiatives for more than 13 years. He also works with Cisco business units to define product and service strategies and helps lead a global team of Cisco architects. To support customer requirements, Brett works with presales teams to engineer solutions that lead to customer adoption. Brett also drives solution development to help support future needs of his customers.
Nik Smith, Technical Leader for Collaboration at Cisco, supports Cisco Unified Collaboration (UC) products and service offerings for the public sector, enterprise, and defense agencies. His 24 years of networking experience cover technologies ranging from RF communications and telecommunications to UC. For 14 years, he has supported some of the world's largest Cisco UC deployments. During this time, he has led several large implementation teams involved in migrating from TDM to VoIP, along with network support and modernization. He now leads a team of UC engineers supporting the public sector, Department of Defense and providing guidance and mentoring to ensure that Cisco delivers best-in-class, highly secure UC capabilities.