Pandemic impact ‘driving security policy’ says Cisco

Pictured: Jeetu Patel, SVP and General Manager, Security & Applications, Cisco


The COVID-19 pandemic will result in long-term changes to corporate cybersecurity policies and investment in security solutions, according to a report launched by Cisco.


For its Future of Secure Remote Work Report, the vendor surveyed 3,196 IT decisions makers between June, after many organizations had sent employees home to work, and September. Respondents came from 21 markets across 30 industries, including financial services, healthcare, architecture, transportation and education. They were questioned about the challenges of moving some or all of an organization’s workforce to a remote environment overnight, and how cybersecurity priorities and investments had changed to enable this transition.


“The future of work is going to be largely hybrid,” said Jeetu Patel, SVP and GM of Cisco’s Security and Applications business unit. “We have to make sure that we can empower a secure remote workforce when people are at home, and we have to enable a safe return to the office when we are at work. And that has to happen with an emphasis on security and privacy.”


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