The California-based multinational technology conglomerate, Cisco, announced the launch of Webex for Defense, created specifically for the Pentagon. It’s a complete cloud collaboration software that is cleared to support messaging, meeting, and calling workloads at the Defense Department.
Admins will supervise devices, workspace, and users with concurrent analytics from Cisco’s Control Hub, akin to network monitoring software.
Webex for Defense got conditional authorization from the Defense Information Systems Agency or DISA to operate at DoD Impact Level 5, which includes clearance for DoD national security systems, mission-critical information, and higher-sensitivity controlled unclassified information.
The Pentagon’s version of Webex will also include the following:
CallManager is a united communications platform for telephony, instant messaging, presence, and video.
Jabber offers voice and video calls, instant messaging, presence for smartphone users, and desktop sharing.
The Meeting Server allows users to enter a meeting with any Cisco Collaboration endpoint, Meeting server app, Jabber client, and third-party devices.
According to senior vice president and general manager for the Cisco Collaboration Javed Khan, “a full set of admin and end-user controls enables seamless, secure collaboration with internal and external users as well as DoD partners, and ensures that sensitive data never leaks and information is kept private.”
Khan also claims that Cisco’s sophisticated development methodology and privacy attitude provide Webex for Defense with the tools it needs to “above and beyond the specification of DoD IL5.”
For his part, the CEO of Cisco Systems, Chuck Robbins, acknowledged that the company’s collaboration business is vital to its customers and that 800 new devices and features were added since September 2020.
Webex for Defense was unveiled one month after the collaboration suite went through a completely new design and added many new features. Cisco also provided Webex for Government for users in the federal government, which FedRAMP authorized.