Cisco Spark Makes Four Major Breakthroughs in Security, Compliance, and Analytics

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Cisco understands the importance of security, compliance, and analytics. We infuse this thinking into everything we do. So it’s no surprise that our mission in collaboration has always been to give you incredible tools to bring ideas to life that provide world-class security and analytics.

Today, Cisco Spark™ makes four major breakthroughs to keep things running smoothly and also keep your most important information and ideas safe:

1. Cisco Spark is the first messaging product to deliver end-to-end message encryption plus the compliance features enterprises need.
Large companies need tools such as e-discovery for legal reasons and data loss prevention to keep sensitive information safe. They also need end-to-end message encryption to keep your team’s “next big thing” idea under wraps. Today, Cisco Spark becomes the first-ever enterprise messaging product that actually does both.

2. Cisco Spark adds mind-blowing analytics that make insights a snap. With just a few clicks, you can see if any users are experiencing reduced call quality and see if the problem is affecting others nearby. It is so simple to manipulate the data that it feels like the entire cloud database is stored in the administrator’s browser. We call this “fluid analytics” and believe it sets a new bar. Now, fluid analytics is available for both Cisco Spark and Cisco® WebEx®.

3. Cisco Spark introduces mobile devices security on non-managed devices. For IT and information security departments, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) programs for PCs and mobile phones have made security a challenge. Users typically have to opt in to device or application management, and this can be clunky, stymie adoption, or add costs. To simplify things, we have baked key device and application management features right into Cisco Spark. New capabilities include graceful PIN lock (which enforces device-level PIN lock on any device without sacrificing user adoption by turning away users who haven’t set one), Web Smart Timeouts (which lets the Cisco Spark web app know when it is running outside of the company network and automatically logs out the user), and Enterprise Certificate Pinning (which protects the user from malicious hotspot providers and access networks without requiring the user to actually enable their company VPN client). This is the first-time certificate pinning has been used in this way.

4. Cisco Spark introduces data security equivalent to on-premises storage. Finally, in another industry first that’s the culmination of four years of research and development, we are now giving customers a way to protect themselves from attacks against the Cisco Spark cloud itself. Customers are now enabled to run a key server on the premises to encrypt and decrypt all content sent to Cisco Spark with a level of data security equivalent to that provided by a Cisco managed key server. With this new capability, we deliver the industry’s first end-to-end cloud encryption solution utilizing on-premises key stores.

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