Cisco is adding an air-gapped, cloud-based Webex collaboration experience for National Security and Defense environments, offering government agencies an enhanced layer of security without sacrificing user experience.
According to Cisco, the solution aligns with the U.S. government’s approach to security for cloud products, including air-gapped cloud deployments that are isolated from public networks and operated on U.S. soil by local staff with specific security clearances to handle sensitive data.
The Webex solution for air-gapped deployments will provide an extra layer of security and still allow teams to collaborate through the company’s modern meeting, chat, and calling experiences via the Webex App.
Customers leveraging the air-gapped solution will have interoperability with existing Cisco Unified Communication Management (CUCM) to capitalize on previous investments in Cisco technologies.
According to Cisco, the company already offers Webex for Government, which is currently used by some U.S. security and defense agencies. That includes on-prem solutions for secure collaboration, including calling, messaging, meetings and file sharing. In addition, Cisco says Webex operates a FedRAMP authorized U.S. Trusted Cloud in-country, adhering to FedRAMP requirements.
“There is not a one size fits all solution for collaboration, which is why Webex’s approach to developing fully compliant collaboration solutions for Government takes into account local regulations, compliance requirements and security controls for individual Government communities,” the company says in a blog.
The air-gapped, cloud-based collaboration experience for National security and Defense will be available in 2024, the company says.
While specific to National Security and Defense, Cisco says it will continue to develop compliant and customized Webex solutions across all facets of government.
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