5 Takeaways From The Cisco WikiLeaks Bombshell

By now you’ve likely heard about the Vault 7 release, in which WikiLeaks dumped thousands of files that it claims came from a top-secret CIA network. The cache included bombshell allegations that the CIA created exploits that could open back doors on many end user and network devices — and then lost control over that code, leaving companies vulnerable to attack. Among the leaked exploits is a security vulnerability that affects more than 300 models of Cisco switches. You can read more about the backstory by going to the Cisco blog.

To its credit, Cisco immediately identified steps customers should take if affected by this latest threat. The vulnerability was resolved, and engineers throughout the industry will move on to face other challenges — until, that is, we get hit with the next volley in a steady attack on our network security defenses. For partners, the current Vault 7 situation should be an incentive to take a closer look at our – and our customers’ – infrastructures. It’s a lot like when one of our neighbors reports a house break-in and everybody on the block double-checks their locks; only in our case, we scan for potential issues in all devices that touch the network.

With this in mind, here are five takeaways from Vault 7.

  1. Be proactive about security. It’s worth the cost and effort of frequent reviews to be the first to spot vulnerabilities. Nobody enjoys being in reactive mode, especially your customers.
  2. Know your network to avoid surprises. This sounds basic, but the days of simple Visio diagrams are over. Topologies are getting more complex as traditional and software-defined WAN technologies proliferate, not to mention the bandwidth demands of voice and video applications. For this reason, you need a big picture – or end-to-end – topological view of your network and devices to identify vulnerabilities and potential issues before damage is done.
  3. Explore the discipline of network situational awareness. For that big-picture view to make sense, you also need constant situational awareness of what’s going on in the network. This is related to being proactive; otherwise, you end up with myopic decision making about what stays, goes or is a potential threat to the network. Everything in context.
  4. Be ready to counter. When a threat is detected, quickly change device paths to limit the potential risk. This is a lot like knowing the shortcuts in your neighborhood when a street is under construction. If there aren’t any workarounds, like the situation with the Vault 7 leak, you should be able to play back historical views and analyze network flows at any given point in time to get to the source of the issue.
  5. Automate where possible. Don’t just monitor devices and applications; have a system in place that recommends – and possibly implements – resolutions before a potential problem impacts network performance.

Complete visibility of your network environment will help you to see in real time if someone or something is exploiting the flaws that are present in any and all network gear. Fortunately there are many resources to identify these types of security vulnerabilities and provide continuous insight into your enterprise infrastructure.

Darren T. Kimura is the Executive Chairman at LiveAction, which recently expanded its partner program. In this capacity he leads the Board of Directors and provides advice and counsel to the CEO and LiveAction leadership on the company’s strategy and strategic partnerships. 

Key to company success: Create an excellent culture

Defining Company Culture – originally created for LiveAction 

Over the last 20 years, I’ve had the privilege to work with and/or invest in 34 start-up companies that have raised a combined total of over $3.2 billion in growth equity, employed 2,800+, and achieved over $1 billion in combined revenues (stats from the time of my involvement). This group consists of companies that have gone public, private companies that are thriving to public, and private companies that no longer exist.

LiveAction completes a $36 million Series B financing

I am proudly announcing that LiveAction has completed its Series B financing, raising $36 million from Insight Venture Partners, Cisco Investments and Accelerate IT Ventures.  Here’s the full press release:

IT network visibility software platform focuses on global growth and expansion

PALO ALTO, Calif., February 16, 2016 – LiveAction, Inc., a leading enterprise IT network visibility software platform, today announced a $36 million Series B round of financing in order to expand operations globally and accelerate feature product development, further establishing LiveAction as the visibility software standard for the Global 2000. New York-based venture capital and private equity firm Insight Venture Partners led the investment round with participation from prior investors Accelerate-IT Ventures and Cisco Investments. As part of the transaction, Insight Managing Director Michael Triplett, as well as Phillip Vorobeychik, senior associate at Insight, will join the board of directors.

Initially developed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense in the operation of its networks, LiveAction features an innovative visual display, real-time big data analytics for decision-making and deep integration with routers and switches for unparalleled network control. Customers turn to LiveAction for its unique interactive topology and end-to-end flow visualization as a unique capability in the industry. With LiveAction’s ability to simplify voice, video and application troubleshooting in real time and provide historical playback with its network DVR capability, IT organizations gain a valuable advantage to ensure a superior end-user experience. With its ability to scale from tens of devices to tens of thousands of devices, LiveAction is suitable for any sized organization. Recently, LiveAction has increased its capabilities to provide visualization and end user experience monitoring across the end-to-end network, including modern SDWAN networks, with both its LiveNX and LiveUX products.

“In 2014, we completed our Series A round, led by AITV and Cisco, and invested those proceeds to build a powerful visibility platform used by many of the biggest companies in energy, finance, retail and healthcare. Closing our Series B financing enables us to globalize LiveAction,” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO and chairman of LiveAction. “Insight Venture Partners have helped build successful infrastructure software companies including SolarWinds, Veeam, and Quest Software, and we are looking forward to accelerating our growth via this partnership.”

“We have been impressed with LiveAction’s innovative technology solutions, industry leadership and impressive growth,” said Michael Triplett. “LiveAction’s success is being driven by the management team’s dedication to offering innovative products and services that meet the needs of their clients for comprehensive and easy-to-use enterprise network management. We are pleased to partner with them, as well as AITV and Cisco, in this new phase of global growth.”

“We are proud to continue our investment in LiveAction. Their network management technology continues to help simplify the software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), making Cisco’s IWAN solution an easy upgrade for enterprise customers,” said Jeff Reed, vice president of Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions Group at Cisco.

About LiveAction

LiveAction is award-winning software designed to simplify network management. Initially developed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense in the operation of its networks, LiveAction features an innovative visual display, real-time big data analytics for decision-making, and deep integration with routers and switches for unparalleled network control. LiveAction accelerates troubleshooting with its QoS control, application-aware, and WAN functionality developed in collaboration with Cisco. http://www.liveaction.com or follow us on twitter: @LiveactionIT

About Insight Venture Partners

Insight Venture Partners is a leading global venture capital and private equity firm investing in high-growth technology and software companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. Founded in 1995, Insight has raised more than $13 billion and invested in more than 250 companies worldwide. Our mission is to find, fund and work successfully with visionary executives providing them with practical, hands-on growth expertise to foster long-term success. For more information on Insight and all of its investments, visit http://www.insightpartners.com or follow us on Twitter: @insightpartners.

About AITV

Founded in 2013, AITV is a US-based venture capital firm with offices in San Francisco, La Jolla and London. AITV invests in early-stage and medium-growth IT software companies that demonstrate tremendous opportunities for growth. With the sole purpose of altering the traditional approach to venture investing we are intentionally singular in our focus around IT Software. AITV applies a thriving engagement engine to our portfolio companies and we’ve developed a strategic ecosystem to ensure US and EMEA commercialization, revenue and exit pathways.http://www.aitv.co

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LiveAction announces LiveUX

LiveAction Announces LiveUX to Extend Visibility of Application Performance in the Cloud 

New Product Enables Monitoring of Web-Based Applications from Anywhere

SANTA CLARA, Calif., June 2, 2015 – LiveAction, an innovative company known for its patented, award-winning visibility and network experience platform for large enterprises, announced today the release of LiveUX, a new software product designed to bridge network performance and application performance visibility into the public network. With LiveUX, IT organizations now have the ability to understand what users are experiencing with cloud and SaaS applications, such as SalesForce, Box.com, Google Docs, Microsoft Office365, Cisco WebEx, and custom services deployed in any cloud over any network.

The Hawaii Department of Education, the tenth largest school district in the U.S., has been testing LiveUX for network performance monitoring and end-user experience monitoring to quickly isolate and resolve perceived slow-downs in the network to ensure success of over more than 175,000 students. K-12 schools are migrating their common core standard testing, school entrance exams, and new digital learning experiences to cloud platforms. The challenge for IT and network teams in that environment is to know, when test day hits, that everything will go smoothly.

“Today, we are witnessing an unprecedented convergence between the network and the rapid adoption in the use of SaaS-based enterprise applications. This is creating new IT problems,” said Darren T. Kimura, CEO and chairman of LiveAction. “We are known for our visibility and control platform and today we extend our reach with LiveUX, which is designed to help our customers maintain visibility and enable user productivity when using cloud-based applications.”

“Over the past few years, there has been a shift in problem areas across the enterprise IT environment. Today, SaaS-based applications dominate the workforce and LiveUX has the ability to keep the workforce working,” said Drew Martin, former senior vice president and chief information officer of Sony, Inc.

Managing user experience has direct impact on revenue and productivity, or student success in the case of web-based educational materials and testing. LiveUX gives organizations the tool needed to identify and troubleshoot issues occurring in the new hybrid IT environments made up of these managed and unmanaged domains. Pinpointing the location, scale, and scope of user experience issues dramatically reduces potential downtime and lost productivity.

LiveUX will be available for evaluation and purchase in July, 2015. For more information visit http://www.liveaction.com/ux.

About LiveAction

LiveAction Network Experience (LiveNX) was initially developed to aid the U.S. Department of Defense in the operation of its networks. The company is now helping worldwide enterprises solve their network performance management problems. The LiveNX software features an innovative, easy-to-use visual display, real-time big data analytics for decision-making and deep integration with routers and switches for unparalleled network control. LiveNX accelerates troubleshooting with its Quality of Service (QoS) control, application-aware solution, and SD-WAN functionality. Learn more at www.liveaction.com. To follow us, join LiveAction at our Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube social media pages.

LiveAction is a registered trademark of LiveAction Inc. All product and company names herein may be trademarks of their registered owners.

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Help Happiness U!

If you could bring a little happiness into someone’s life who needs it, wouldn’t you do it?

My friend, author and renown life coach Alice Inoue, has created “Happiness U” a community designed to provide people the tools to live life in a way that is authentic and true for you, resulting in a more positive and ease-filled approach to life.  In other words, helping you unlock Happiness.

Happiness U is running an innovative Kickstarter campaign which you can check out and support at @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1G7OEjg.  It’s a simple and easy way to start on your path to Happiness.

Studies have been shown that standing like a hero can make an individual feel more powerful.  So, a smile can make you feel happier, and that smile shared can bring light to dozens or even hundreds of people every day.  That’s the basic idea behind the “Happiness U Membership Scholarship Fund.” If you want to help spread Happiness, you may want to consider funding Scholarship Fund, like I did (via selecting “no reward” on Kickstarter).  This fund will help those who need a little financial boost to get into the program.  In return they must agree to pay the Happiness forward.

The Kickstarter campaign ends Wednesday 4/22 at 12PM HST so go now! (click the Happiness U icon at the bottom of this post).

Here’s a note from Alice.  Hope this post has brought a little Happiness to your day!


A Happiness U Scholarship Fund is in the works!

Posted by Alice Inoue
Dear Backers,As I write this, there are 233 backers to our project. We are so thankful for each of you and we can hardly wait to get your classes and books to you!!!For those of you who chose “no reward,” or pledged more than the award value, this weekend we created a Happiness U Membership Scholarship Fund which is for all the “extra” monies we received!!! So…people who want to commit to changing their lives, and don’t have the means, will have the opportunity to try for a full one year membership to attend Happiness U!Our plans are to have an application and screening process, and those accepted be held not only accountable to attend, but have to chose how they want to pay it forward. More details to come…but I want to thank Darren Kimura for suggesting this along with his generous pledge.He opened my awareness up to a WHOLE NEW AWESOME way to use our business as a vehicle for your donations to help others who can’t afford us! Stay tuned for more details as we iron it all out.We are SO APPRECIATIVE for this opportunity to further our social entrepreneurial vision thanks to your incredible generous donations.

This campaign ends on Wednesday (4/22) at noon HST. Thank you so much for your shares, positive words, and support.  We will continue to be in touch.


Alice and the Happiness U Team



The 2013 USJC Annual Conference, held in Washington, DC from October 3 to 5, was a resounding success. With approximately 400 attendees, this 4th Annual Conference was our largest event yet. Themed “Risk, Reward and Innovation: Opportunities for the U.S. and Japan,” it convened top U.S. and Japanese leaders who discussed the long-term benefits of taking risks and innovative courses of action, as well as the significance of synergy among the business, government and civil society sectors.

Participants included:
Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI).
Hiroaki Nakanishi, President of Hitachi, Ltd.
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns
Dr. Shinya Yamanaka, 2012 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine & Director, Center for iPS Cell Research and Application (CiRA), Kyoto University
Kristi Yamaguchi, Founder of Always Dream Foundation, Champion Figure Skater and winner of “Dancing with the Stars”;
Ryu Goto, International Concert Violinist; and
Roy Yamaguchi,
Darren T. Kimura, Managing Director, Enerdigm Group, Inc.
Mr. John Strangfeld, Chairman and CEO, Prudential Financial, Inc.
Vice Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, United States Navy
Daniel M. Tani, Vice President of Mission and Cargo Operations, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Former Astronaut

Ms. Kristi Yamaguchi, Mr. Daniel Tani, Mr. Darren Kimura, Mr. Ryu Goto, Admiral Harry Harris

Mr. Darren Kimura, Managing Director, Enerdigm Group, Inc.

Admiral Harris saying he wishes he was an Entrepreneur like Darren

Admiral Harris saying he wishes he was an Entrepreneur like Darren

Astronaut Tani saying he wishes he was an entrepreneur too!