Patrick Finn

No Longer at Cisco

Patrick S. Finn is Senior Vice President of Cisco’s U.S. Public Sector Organization. He leads Cisco’s sales, growth strategy and integrated business plans for U.S. Governments (state, local and federal), educational institutions at all levels and public healthcare. His team works to transform how the public sector protects, serves and educates by leveraging the network and technology to connect, innovate and lead. Finn’s Public Sector team focuses on innovations in areas including data centers, video collaboration, cloud computing, cybersecurity and secure mobility to create solutions that range from connected classrooms, to connected justice and connected government. Their efforts enable Cisco to lead in the transformation to a more advanced and effective public sector in the areas of pervasive video, cloud computing and cybersecurity.

Finn’s integrated team of more than 2,000 employees works closely with multiple Cisco groups to manage the development and deployment of technology solutions that enhance national defense, secure information, streamline citizen services, enrich education systems and maximize efficiency for healthcare providers. With more than 30 years of technology and business experience, Finn is a strong advocate for the public sector applying information technology products and service solutions to increase collaboration, innovation and productivity.  The U.S. Public Sector is an important part of Cisco’s business because it generates approximately $5 billion in annual revenue, but more importantly because it leads in the focus around veterans, STEM education and cybersecurity.

A 17-year veteran of Cisco, Finn has also led various organizations including the U.S. Federal Organization, Cisco’s Vertical Markets for the U.S. and Canada (which included state and local government, education, healthcare, sports and entertainment, retail and real estate),  and  New York Metro Area.  Immediately following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Finn was part of a team of Cisco and partner organizations who tirelessly  supported New York City customers, including government, first responders, and financial service institutions.

Prior to joining Cisco, Finn was responsible for Pepsi Cola International’s worldwide infrastructure, consulting, and network applications. He also held various sales leadership positions at IPC Information Systems and IBM Corporation.

Finn serves on the Cisco Foundation Board, which provides guidance on Cisco’s philanthropic investments. He is a board member of the USO and the Northern Virginia Technology Council.  He is also a member of ACT-IAC and AFCEA; and is actively engaged with veterans’ organizations to assist returning veterans in securing employment.  He is a past member of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering and various emerging technology companies Board of Advisors.

Finn often represents Cisco in various forums to speak about leadership and technology enablement in business and government.  In 2013, FCW magazine honored him with a “Federal 100” award in recognition of his work in promoting technology in the federal government.

Finn holds a Master of Science degree in telecommunication and computer management from NYU-Polytechnic University, and a Bachelor of Science in management information systems from Pace University.


March 17, 2014


Building Bridges for the Future of Technology

Technology in the public sector has revolutionized the way government agencies deliver services, conduct operations and secure sensitive information. Last week, I had the pleasure of learning from several prominent government leaders about how smart, visionary leaders have harnessed the power of new technology to transform the way they fulfill their respective missions. We started […]

February 12, 2014


Summary: Tackling Mobile Security Risks for Government

As mobility becomes more pervasive, these concepts of cyber crime have become engrained in our work/life culture. These issues have earned national news headlines as governments across the globe...

February 11, 2014


Tackling Mobile Security Risks for Government

"Cyber threats. Security breaches. Hacking." As mobility becomes more pervasive, these words have become engrained in our work/life culture. The issue of cyber crime has earned national news headlines...

February 4, 2014


User Behavior and Training Critical to Secure Mobility

Worker mobility has become an essential practice for government agencies. From teleworking on the road to accessing critical data on your smart phone, mobility increases productivity and employee satisfaction. And the trend toward mobility is growing. In fact, the Cisco Visual Networking Index predicts there will be more than 10 billion mobile devices worldwide by […]

January 8, 2014


2014 is here… Starring: Internet of Everything

The Internet of Everything (IoE) is touted as the next big thing in technology. Tech pundits, Silicon Valley executives, entrepreneurs, and government officials predict that IoE will be a “multi-trillion dollar business,” which has the potential to transform our physical world. While some are waiting for this revolution, we recognize that the winds of change […]

December 13, 2013


New University Dedicated to STEM, Real-world Relevance

The success of our industry and even our nation’s well-being are dependent on engaging students and developing the experts of the future in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I am personally committed to STEM education initiatives, and want to share an exciting university that’s breaking new ground to lead the way […]

November 22, 2013


Public Safety Blog Series-Government Agencies and the Future of Mobility

Over the last several years, government and law enforcement agencies have increasingly relied on mobile technology to engage citizens and help build a safer community. As we wrap up the public safety blog series, we’ll take a look at how mobility is driving the evolution of smart law enforcement and the role mobility will play […]

November 12, 2013


STEM Education Must be a Hands-on Approach

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields are critical to innovation and the continued development of the U.S. economy. However, trends are showing that while there are and will continue to be plenty of jobs in these fields, many students are unprepared or lack the desire necessary for employers of the future to fill these […]

November 11, 2013


Celebrating our Servicemen and Women on Veterans Day

A sincere thank you to all of those who are serving or who have served in the US military. We live freely today because you put your life on the line to protect all that we hold dear. “The Flag does not fly because of the winds that blow it, The Flag flies because of […]