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Cisco Collaboration: A Security-First Approach to Remote Working

Posted by Iulia Cozma on 10-Apr-2020 12:47:00

During this unprecedented time, remote working collaboration tools (including video conferencing) have become a lifeline for businesses and their people to stay connected and productive. As remote working becomes increasingly mainstream, companies are taking a closer look at the tools they are relying upon, and realising security and privacy must be at the forefront.


Cisco is a security company at heart, one of the world’s leading enterprise security providers, backed up by Talos. This is what sets Cisco apart from other collaboration providers: a "collaboration without compromise" approach.

With this in mind, Cisco are committed to helping customers address their remote workplace productivity, connectivity, privacy and security in three distinct ways:

Security is NEVER a Tradeoff for Convenience or Speed

Many software providers offer users the convenience and simplicity of single sign-on (SSO). When implemented correctly, SSO can also be secure. For example, multi-factor authentication protects identity provider credentials, without asking a user to create yet another password. Vendors with broad consumer adoption, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, all offer many ways to easily leverage their excellent SSO capabilities. In the best interest of our customers, Cisco chose to follow the standard and secure method of OAuth (an open standard for access delegation). Cisco Webex does not trade off security or privacy measures for the sake of speed. 

Cisco Applies Proven Processes to Ensure Security and Privacy are Built-In

Software developers can make many choices when building solutions. An enterprise-class software development organisation implements a secure software development lifecycle (SDLC) that ensures the right checks and balances to deliver secure, quality solutions. Quality is measured not just by whether a product works, but how it works. Cisco’s SDLC is focused on making sure to develop products with security built-in as a key foundational element.

Cisco is Transparent

The other critical factor of product security is transparency. Whenever vulnerabilities do arise, it’s critical they are immediately remediated as well as proactively disclosed. Cisco’s practice of disclosing all security vulnerabilities – including those found in their own penetration testing, is baked into their approach. This level of transparency is achieved by having an independent Security and Trust organisation that exists separate from a product engineering organisation. These checks and balances require corporate-wide investment and commitment to security. Cisco is committed to being transparent about security and privacy in all products and services.

Your customers can fully trust WebEx to enable collaboration and streamline business processes—in even the most stringent security environments. Choose easy to use, reliable, proven, and secure Software-as-a-Service collaboration solutions from Webex. 


For more information about how Interdist Alliances can help you meet your customers' business continuity requirements, including practical advice and guidance, contact us.

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