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Jeetu Patel on Cisco Security Next Steps And Why Hybrid Work ‘Doesn’t Work’ Right Now

Gina Narcisi

‘Hybrid work doesn’t work today well, and most companies are struggling with it. We believe we’ve got some amazing solutions to make hybrid work infinitely better,’ one of Cisco’s top executives Jeetu Patel tells CRN.

Tying It All Together

Hybrid work, a trend that isn’t going away anytime soon, involves employees working from the office, at their homes, or somewhere in between. And it involves a lot of different kinds of technology stitched together to make it work. Needless to say, hybrid work is a challenge at best and just plain not working for most companies today at worst.

That’s according to Jeetu Patel, Cisco’s executive vice president and general manager of security and collaboration. He’s tasked with caring for two huge pieces of the hybrid work equation: Cisco’s large security portfolio and the tech giant’s collaboration business, which is led by the flagship Webex platform.

Cisco believes it has the products to make hybrid work, work. But that doesn’t mean there’s not still work to be done. The company has historically had a significant portfolio of strong point security solutions, but hasn’t had an integrated security platform until now with its newly revealed Security Cloud platform. The Webex platform is a continual work in progress with more than 1,000 new features added in the past two years and Cisco has even introduced new selling motions around Webex to support the way customers want to buy and partners want to sell. In order for hybrid work to be successful, networking, security, and collaboration have to come together into one cohesive solution.

Patel recently sat down with CRN to talk hybrid work and why it’s not working today for most, Cisco’s evolving security strategy and the steps the company is taking to prioritize the unification of its portfolio, and how partners will be critical in making the workforce a more collaborative and inclusive experience for all.

Here’s what Patel had to say.

 
Gina Narcisi

Gina Narcisi is a senior editor covering the networking and telecom markets for CRN.com. Prior to joining CRN, she covered the networking, unified communications and cloud space for TechTarget. She can be reached at gnarcisi@thechannelcompany.com.

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