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Collaborate with Confidence

Collaborate with Confidence

By Maurizio Taffone, Business Development Manager, Cisco

There is no doubt that collaboration technologies -- from social networking to unified communications and video technologies – offer substantial business benefit and competitive advantage. These range from reduced travel and increased productivity to the ability to create sophisticated virtual enterprises that span continents.

At the same time, however, and as businesses adapt to take full advantage of these tools, security threats are evolving. Staying ahead is vital to ensure that business innovation and development is not jeopardized. With the proliferation of mobile devices and the growing options for work locations, no area can now afford to fall outside of the organization’s security policy. The key is to address all of this without detracting from the business’s agility.

This is not about reinventing the wheel; it is about bringing all of the business’s security activities together so that they can be managed holistically. As long as individual security devices and systems are implemented and monitored as standalone technologies serving distinct purposes, there will always be a risk that something will slip unseen through the cracks.

 

A flexible, business-enabling architecture will sew security into the fabric of its business -- into internal business processes, the culture of the company and, finally, the technology – combining collaboration with protection in a way that is seamless yet all-pervasive.

 

 

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