Cisco, a global leader in networking, is continuing to invest in education and skills development in SA. The company is valued at almost $200bn, and it manufactures and sells telecommunication equipment, networking hardware, and other products. Cisco recently collaborated with the department of communication and digital technologies to invest $9.2m to digitalize SA in three years. There is a rise in demand for better digital security for both private and public sector organizations because of the recent cyber-attacks that happened in the banking sector and the city of Johannesburg. The company is planning to build a cyber-security operations Centre to ensure that the government has a security posture that meets international standards.
Cisco is one of the largest companies in the world, and by collaborating with the government; the company can significantly increase the level of cybersecurity. The company developed Edge Centres as a part of its investment, and it will function as a small working space and incubator for small tech businesses. Cisco is currently operating two such centers, and it is planning to develop seven more for each province in the SA. Talent Bridge, for now, has been online for three months and it is yet to gain traction, Cisco wants to reach out to 400 active partners to hire certified professionals for updating the system with positions.