Steve Benvenuto

Sr. Director, Business Development

Worldwide Partner Organization

Steve Benvenuto is Senior Director of Business Development for the Strategy, Planning and Partner Programs team in the Worldwide Partner Organization at Cisco Systems. Steve and his team are responsible for the entire lifecycle of Cisco’s Partner Programs, Incentives, Partner Pricing, Planning and Competitive Intelligence.

Steve has extensive channel GTM Business Development and program innovation experience, including contributing to the development of many of our existing programs such as VIP, OIP, SIP and our ATP and Specialization strategies. Steve has also been closely engaged in driving acceleration around Emerging Technologies and Solutions – most recently around the launch and acceleration of Cisco’s Smart Solutions such as BYOD, Remote Expert and Connected Industries.

Steve joined Cisco in 1999 as a Senior Account manager in the Software Sales group and was promoted into the WorldWide Channel organization in 2002 where he has held various leadership roles.

Steve has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He currently lives in Danville, California with his wife, Kathryn, and their two children, Kristina and Jennifer.


February 28, 2020


Security Simplified, Introducing Cisco SecureX

On Monday, February 24th, we had an exciting new announcement, the unveiling of our new platform that will redefine security, Cisco SecureX. Read on to learn more about our platform and what it means for you, our partners.

December 18, 2019


The Gift that Keeps on Giving All Year Round

The holiday season is upon us. Don’t get stuck gifting your customers with the proverbial firewall fruit cake. Find out how to ensure your customers have the latest and greatest firewall.

December 3, 2019


Zero Trust – 5 Things You Need to Know

This blog discusses what zero trust really means, what are the key parts to Cisco’s Zero Trust solution, and how you can help customers achieve their security goals.

September 23, 2019


Cisco Recognized as a Leader in 2019 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls

Gartner has named Cisco a Leader in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for Network Firewalls. This recognition is a tool partners can use when positioning Cisco Next-Generation Firewalls. 

July 19, 2019


See How Cisco Ranks for Our Security Partner Programs & Profitability

Canalys released their 2019 Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix recently, and Cisco was positioned as a “Champion” across five primary cybersecurity segments, assessed for both momentum and overall rating.

June 19, 2019


Cisco named a “Champion” in Canalys Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix 2019

Known as a leader in cybersecurity and technology insights for the channel, Canalys released their Cybersecurity Leadership Matrix for 2019. In the release, Cisco was labeled a "Champion."

October 20, 2017


Selling Security for Tomorrow’s Internet: Where Do You Start?

Setting the Stage October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in the U.S., and the Cyber Security Month In Europe. Cisco is proud to be a...

June 18, 2014


Customers Put Complex Environments in the Hands of a Master Specialized Partner

I am always excited to talk about Master Specializations. And you may have heard at Partner Summit, back in March of this year, about our heightened focus and continued commitment to our Master Partners.

September 3, 2013


New SMB Specialization Helps Partners Succeed in SMB Space

Cisco introduces the new SMB Specialization to partners. Find out what's changing and information regarding your existing benefits.