The Cisco Mid-Atlantic User Group Is Relaunching!

William Bell
Vice President, Solutions and Products

Cisco Collaboration Edge Architecture is changing the face of remote work by making it easier for teleworkers to interact across distances. On February 18 at 8:30 a.m., NetCraftsmen is sponsoring a Cisco Mid-Atlantic User Group (C-MUG) event to give potential users an inside look at how the architecture functions and what companies stand to benefit.

What’s on the agenda?

Hao Tran, a senior Unified Communications engineer, and I will discuss how Collaboration Edge Architecture can be used to extend the benefits of in-office collaboration to a mobile workforce. We will focus primarily on Mobile and Remote Access (MRA) functionality, and how MRA can be used to provide VPN-less voice, video, IM, and presence solutions to teleworkers.

In addition, Cisco System’s Jeff Chun will provide an overview of Cisco Jabber Guest, another collaboration tool that facilitates one-time or frequent interactions with remote experts, customers, partners, and suppliers. Jeff will share use cases that demonstrate how the technology works across various industries and business scenarios.

Who can attend?

The free event marks a re-launch of C-MUG, which is part of the Cisco Learning Network. C-MUG brings together network engineers, chief technology officers and directors, and other professionals in the greater Washington-Baltimore area.

How can I register?

Meetings take place at the Loyola University Columbia Graduate Center at 8890 McGaw Rd., Columbia, MD 21045. To register and for more details, visit the C-MUG section of our website.

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.