Digital Revolution Calls for Comprehensive Security Solution

For the typical CIO and CSO, every day brings potential, unimaginable cyber security threats. Online criminals are becoming more sophisticated, and many top Fortune 500 companies have experienced major, news-breaking security breaches. It’s currently estimated that cybercrime will cost businesses $2.1 Trillion globally by 2019.

By 2030, 500 Billion devices will be connected to the internet.  Cloud and mobility will require our partners to make new investments in security to protect intellectual property and sensitive customer information. If you can’t find a way to simplify and automate your security platform, you’ll never be able to stay ahead of the cyber criminals.

The good news is that, as the digital revolution continues, Cisco is making enormous investments in technologies that will allow our partners to streamline and simplify network security for their customers. 

Currently, many companies have multiple security vendors in their networks, in some cases as many as 30 – 50, that don’t integrate with one another.   Complex, disparate security solutions make it easier for attackers to get in.  Once attackers are in, it takes longer to detect and disable the attack.

In a fragmented technology landscape, Cisco stands alone with an “end-to-end” and “before, during and after” security portfolio.  For partners, this provides the ability to deliver the absolute best in class security posture for customers, while also reducing the cost of engaging with myriad vendors.  And that translates to not only stronger customer loyalty, but greater efficiency for partners as well.

Now it is up to us to take advantage of this enormous opportunity together.  By offering our customers a comprehensive security solution, free from the costs and threats we see in the currently fragmented environment, we will position us all for the leap to this new, digitized world.


Jeff Sharritts is SVP of Cisco’s US Commercial Sales. You can contact him via email at