What sharks and Cisco's new network have in common FEATURE
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Hint: think about a shark's intuitive sensing.

Shark Week fans can celebrate as the highly anticipated Discovery Channel annual takeover kicks off again on July 23rd. During this week, viewers get the full shark experience, learning everything about the mysterious animal while being entertained by the many celebrity cameos like Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps.

To add to your Shark Week agenda and collection of #sharkfacts—here's another piece of information; sharks actually have seven senses. And the animal's long list of senses is a lot like how Cisco's new network operates.

Shark's seventh sense

Here's how: sharks share many senses that humans have, including touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. But because sharks live in the ocean and need special methods to hunt prey, they can also sense the electrical pulses, vibrations, and pressure changes around them.

Sharks have pores around their head called the ampullae of Lorenzini. When other organisms emit electrical signals through muscle movement, sharks detect this through their ampullae. Not only is this electroreception used for hunting but for navigating migration as well.

Researchers have also found a seventh sense around the head of the shark. Lateral lines on the creature can detect vibrations and changes in pressure caused by other animals. This lateral line is made up of canals that live below the skin and follow alongside of the fishes' body.

Intuition like a shark

In a blog post by Cisco's David Goeckeler, the Senior Vice President of Networking and Security explained the company was recently able to solve what was thought to be unsolvable; detecting malware even when it is hidden in encrypted traffic.

So does Cisco have its own extra sense? Leaders in the company believe so—this new technology is called Encrypted Traffic Analysis and is part of Cisco's intuitive network. This network is groundbreaking technology of intent-based networking infrastructure.

This system spans across an entire enterprise network as a single platform, covering all devices. Because it has intent-based infrastructure, the network can be programmed to be automated. Finally, security is built in to the network, allowing companies to easily detect threats and advancing threats.

To learn more about the intuitive network, click here.

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