Cisco Gives Spark Security, Compliance Upgrades

Tuesday, August 22, 2017 @ 03:08 PM gHale

Cisco added security, compliance and analytics features to its Spark collaboration platform.

Cisco Spark provides cloud-based tools for team messaging, online meetings and whiteboarding.

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The platform launched in March 2015, and then one year later, the company delivered $150 million in funding to drive application development for Spark.

Cisco has now released four improvements to Spark, including end-to-end message encryption and compliance features.

One data protection feature allows organizations to protect sensitive assets against attacks targeting the Cisco Collaboration Cloud by running an on-premises key server to encrypt and decrypt data sent to Spark.

The latest upgrades look to boost IT and security teams by addressing bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives. Cisco Spark added device and application management features that allow administrators to enable device-level PIN lock, automatic logout for apps running outside the company network, and enterprise certificate pinning to protect users from malicious hotspots.

Cisco also added analytics capabilities to help determine if users are experiencing call quality problems. Administrators can easily obtain data from their browser via what Cisco calls “fluid analytics.”

The four new Spark features are available through the new Spark Control Hub, the new Pro Pack and third-party integrations.

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