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With an increase in the number of connected devices and technology upgrades, the demand for efficient, reliable, smart, and secure networks is taking the front foot across various segments in the country. And the network infrastructure surely needs to upscale to support the growing demand, which has been triggered by the digitization wave.

In wake of this scenario, U.S-based networking giant, Cisco has today announced its plan to train about 250,000 students in India over a period of time. Talking about the same, Dinesh Malkani, President, Cisco India and SAARC said,

We have done a lot of work in education and there are campuses that use our technology. We will skill 250,000 students in the country around networking, security and IoT areas over a period of time.

Cyber security is fundamental in today’s world, considering the rise in numbers of hackers and data shared over the internet. There has been a growing demand for individuals acquainted with cybersecurity on a global scale. Being a networking giant itself, Cisco has shouldered the task to share its vast experience with the students and impart them practical knowledge about networking. As far as IoT is concerned, connected devices are currently the most popular revenue-generating machines among the masses.

Cisco has been in India for the past twenty years and has significantly invested in India to further its digital presence. It has its own R&D facilities, global delivery centers across India and is extremely serious about its Digitisation Acceleration and Cisco Investment programs here. The company is currently working on 50 projects revolving around cyber security and aims to complete them by end of 2017. It has spent over $4  billion to create best security portfolio, Malkani further detailed.

It recently opened up its 5th Cyber Range Lab in Gurugram to provide highly specialized technical training workshops training to combat new-age threats. The lab will use 200-500 different types of malware, ransomware, and 100 attack cases to deliver realistic cyber-attack experiences.

The other key area of focus for Cisco is the development of Indian cities as smart cities. Adding to it, Malkani said,

We have been engaged in most of the work that has been going with smart cities and we continue to be engaged whether its a safe city project in Navi Mumbai, or it was work we had done in Lucknow for safe city or Nagpur,

Thus, across the board we have been very focused on the smart cities vertical. We keep refining our solutions and portfolios.

As per a recent report by IDC, Cisco continues to be dominant in Q4 2016 with 65.74% in the India’s LAN market share, followed by Huawei and HPE. The company holds the second spot in India’s WLAN Market Q4 2016, while D-Link holds the top position in the said segment with a 29.50% market share. The company’s social endeavors will certainly drive its reputation in the country and push these numbers further ahead.

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