Jun 10 2022

Cisco Live 2022: Hybrid Work, Security Will Top the Agenda

At the first in-person Cisco Live conference in three years, attendees will discover how to navigate a changing and dangerous world.

When it comes to managing work environments, businesses around the world have reached a crossroads. Many wish to get their employees back in the office at least part-time, but are struggling with a host of obstacles, some of them technical.

For example, how can they ensure optimal experiences in meetings when some participants are remote while others are together onsite? How can they ensure their networks are secure in hybrid work environments?

Questions like these will be top of mind for participants at Cisco Live 2022, taking place in Las Vegas, June 12-16. Cisco Systems’ thousands of customers, employees, partners, analysts and other stakeholders will gather for the first in-person Cisco Live since 2019 to discover how the company’s technology can drive business outcomes and solve today’s unique set of problems.

With the pandemic still restricting travel for some and Cisco imposing limitations to protect the safety of in-person participants, the event will likely be smaller than the 20,000-plus that routinely attended Cisco Live events until 2019. But the schedule is no less packed with sessions, receptions, celebrity entertainment and other activities. Cisco will also run a parallel virtual event.

BizTech will be covering keynotes and other sessions, interviewing thought leaders and evaluating Cisco’s latest tech offerings, so keep this page bookmarked for articles and videos from the BizTech team.

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How Cisco Supports Hybrid Work

Managing hybrid work environments will be a major theme at this year’s event, 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 keep businesses safe during hybrid work, and how smart building technology can keep employees safe.

For example, in his session “Thriving in a Hybrid Work World,” Javed Khan, Cisco’s senior vice president and general manager for collaboration, will describe how Cisco’s portfolio of solutions will help businesses “more than just navigate” the fast-changing world of hybrid work.

In a separate session, the company will highlight the artificial intelligence built into its collaboration technology, diving deep into its benefits such as real-time language translation and transcription, background noise removal and technologies that drive better meeting experiences. Cisco’s collaboration AI also delivers real-time “relationship insights” that help meeting participants more deeply understand who other participants are, what their objectives might be and much more.

Business leaders also have to deploy the right in-office technology to support hybrid workers. In the session “Deploying Smart Building Technologies to Enable the Office of the Future,” Cisco’s Jon Heaton will explain that “expectations for the in-office environment and experience have changed.” The session will describe how Cisco technologies — such as its Catalyst 90W UPOE+ switches and partner solutions to control lighting, shading, sensors and HVAC systems — are enabling the office of the future.

READ MORE: Learn about the many challenges IT leaders face in a work-from-anywhere world.

Cisco Will Introduce Secure Cloud Insights

Cybersecurity will be another important theme — as it always is at Cisco Live — with several sessions on secure access service edge, multifactor authentication and how business can gain deeper visibility into their cyberdefense environments.

“Every asset within an organization’s cyber universe impacts its security posture,” Cisco notes, including cloud applications, containers, devices, databases, and much more. “As the attack surface expands, especially with increasing cloud adoption and remote work, we need a solution that provides end-to-end visibility into assets and their relationships to help understand and improve security posture.”

To that end, the company will introduce its new solution, Secure Cloud Insights, at Cisco Live.

Finally, even though the event will be virtual, Cisco still plans to roll out some big names from the entertainment world to keep attendees engaged. Live performances are planned by singer Brittany Howard and Dave Matthews Band.

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