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Cisco Shuts Down Operations in Russia, Bolsters Security Efforts in Ukraine

Cisco Shuts Down Operations in Russia, Bolsters Security Efforts in Ukraine

Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins announced this week that the tech giant will halt all business operations, including sales and services, in Russia and Belarus for the foreseeable future.

“Our deepest hope is that this war will end soon. In the meantime, we are committed to using all the resources we can to help our employees, the institutions and the people of Ukraine, as well as our customers and partners during this difficult time, and we will do everything in our power to support those in need. “, Robbins said in a statement.

Cisco, based in San Jose, Calif., joins some of the country’s top IT leaders who have also said they are joining historic sanctions against Russia, including Apple, Microsoft, Oracle, Google, Intel, AMD, HP Inc. ., HPE, Dell, and others.

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Kent MacDonald, senior vice president of strategic alliances for Calgary, Alta.-based Long View Systems, said Robbins’ stance on war makes him proud to be a Cisco partner.

“I applaud [Robbins’] leadership to make a strong statement to Russia,” MacDonald told CRN.

Cisco enables automatic renewals on all software or services for free for our Ukrainian customers, as well as a free year of Webex meetings. The company also offers free calls to Ukraine to support its customers and partners in the country.

At the same time, Cisco is bolstering security to help protect organizations in Ukraine from cyberattacks, protect the privacy of institutions in Ukraine and the region, and help the Ukrainian government secure its infrastructure. That work, Robbins said, is done by Cisco’s Talos threat intelligence team, one of the largest commercial threat intelligence teams in the world. The Talos team monitors, hunts malicious actors, and deploys defenses, while openly sharing their findings with customers around the world.

Cisco Talos works 24/7 for critical organizations in Ukraine, monitoring secure endpoint configurations and modifying them based on Telos intelligence and “aggressively” scanning for threats at no cost, said Matt Olney, Cisco director of threat intelligence and interdiction for Talos.

“For each organization that accepted this offer, we assigned a set of engineers to manage protections and configurations and two Talos hunters to work with that specific data set,” Olney said in a blog post. “Cisco will continue to stand with its customers as they build resilient networks to meet the many possible futures ahead of us.”

Cisco has established a humanitarian relief fund for Ukraine that is now open to employee contributions. The company said it is working with nonprofit partners to leverage Cisco equipment and support those who have fled the country and are on the move.

“We firmly believe this is the right decision, and we are working with customers and partners in the extended region to ensure business continuity,” Robbins said, noting that the company will be in contact with its customers and partners in Russia and Belarus with additional information. details.

“These are incredibly difficult times for Ukraine and, frankly, for the world. We know that many Russians, including employees, customers and partners, are affected by this war,” Robbins said.

The vast majority of MSPs in a mock poll at CRN’s parent company The Channel Company’s Xchange 2022 conference last week said they were concerned about the increase in cyberattacks in the wake of the war.