Hybrid Work Will Be a Key Theme at Cisco Live 2021
With large, in-person events still on hold, Cisco has adapted its flagship event into a virtual affair, condensing the conference from the usual four-plus days to two, focusing the content on more than 30 webinarlike sessions, plus celebrity appearances. This event will be the second — and, company leaders hope, final — virtual Cisco Live.
BizTech will be covering keynotes and other sessions, interviewing thought leaders and discovering Cisco’s latest tech offerings. So, keep this page bookmarked for articles and videos from the BizTech team. How businesses will manage their workspaces on the other side of the global COVID-19 pandemic will naturally be a major focus of this year’s event, as will the ways Cisco is supporting them with vital tech solutions. Cisco anticipates that the second half of 2021 will be characterized by hybrid workplaces that accommodate both onsite and remote workers.
Such workplaces will require some special support from tech, and Cisco Live will be heavy with educational sessions on the topic, with guidance on how organizations can enable “intelligent hybrid workspaces” in the office and at home, how the Webex collaboration application can help businesses support hybrid work, how zero-trust security can help keep businesses safe during hybrid work, and how smart building technology can help keep employees safe.
As always, cybersecurity will be another important theme at Cisco Live. Several sessions will focus on enabling zero-trust security protocols. Others will explore using encryption to bolster endpoint security and outline the emerging offerings around secure access service edge, or SASE.
Finally, even though the event is virtual, Cisco still plans to roll out some big names from the entertainment and sports world to keep attendees engaged from their home offices. Live virtual performances are planned by singer Brittany Howard, the a capella group Pentatonix, the pop group Train and the soul band Black Pumas. Tennis legends Billie Jean King and Serena Williams will also be on hand for a conversation about “equality, resilience and giving back.”