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Secure Cloud Collaboration with Cisco Spark

Posted On: November 07, 2017

Topics:: Advanced Services,

IT Hardware

2017-11-07_CiscoSpark_ONBlog.jpgAccording to an IBM report, 72 percent of CEOs who made collaboration a top priority outperformed their competitors. And while collaboration in the cloud is showing signs of rapid growth, in the past, it has come with some inherent security concerns. Fortunately, Cisco Spark resolves many of the challenges with its next-generation, enterprise-grade cloud solution.

Why Cloud Collaboration?
The cloud is a virtualization of resources for data storage and applications, all working in unison for on-demand access, anywhere, anytime. With cloud collaboration comes:

  • Improved organization: All documents are kept in a single, cloud-accessible location. Members have instant access to the latest files as they’re updated in real time.
  • Access to large files: No need to send large files via email, which most email servers cannot handle if more than a few megabytes.
  • Increased participation: Cloud collaboration enables every member to have a voice by submitting comments, edits, or highlights on documents with real-time feedback from all users.

What are the Security Concerns?
Cloud collaboration naturally has some security vulnerabilities. All forms of correspondence sent through cloud-based apps are vulnerable as is data in transit across networks. The simple solution is to encrypt the data, but going this route can drastically reduce efficiency, leading to diminished performance and higher cost.

Companies are also put at risk by granting universal, no-restriction cloud access to everyone across the board. If 50 personnel have access to a BYOD environment, all it takes is for one of those 50 to make a negligent error, e.g., not reporting a stolen device or accessing the cloud on a jailbroken device to open the whole enterprise to a breach.

How does Cisco Spark Ease the Way?
Most cloud collaboration services leverage value-added features to enhance functionality, user-friendliness, and uptime capability. These cloud applications might include content transcoding, message search, or integration with third-party apps for a more collaborative environment. However, access to these features entails giving the vendor full access to your data, raising security and privacy concerns.

Conversely, other services may offer end-to-end encryption at the expense of the aforementioned features.

Cisco Spark offers a best-of-both-worlds solution by putting control in the user’s hands. It delivers only the value-added cloud collaboration features users need while retaining full access to end-to-end encryption. With an open architecture, enterprises maintain control over encryption keys and data confidentiality. This ensures no intermediaries have access to decryption keys when the data is in transit unless the user grants such access.

Users also have a full suite of features for protecting devices and public browsers. They can even set mobile device security settings with PIN enforcement, idle timeout, and remote wiping of cached data on devices.

With Cisco Spark, enterprises enjoy the full spectrum of modern collaboration tools. This includes streamlined communication for increased visibility, control, and teamwork. Users benefit from the full agility of the cloud while making use of next-generation security settings and monitoring.