Cisco Establishes Trust Benchmark for Digital Transformation

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By Chantal Polsonetti
Company and Product News

Cisco published its New Trust Standard, a benchmark for assessing an organization's trustworthiness as they embrace digital transformation. This new framework raises the bar for building trust with customers as work becomes hybrid, more data is collected online, and cyber threats increase. With supporting data insights from the Cisco 2021 Consumer Privacy Survey, the New Trust Standard establishes the following critical elements needed for organizations to earn, maintain, and grow customer confidence:

  • Zero-Trust architecture: Keeping out attackers by challenging assumptions and verifying every connection, from every device, every time.
  • Trusted supply chain: Being aware of every component, how it is manufactured, and where it has been – while working closely with suppliers to mitigate risk.
  • Data rights: Stay ahead of evolving customer expectations and government regulations
  • Transparency: Being clear about what data is collected and how it is used; being open about incidents and issues as they transpire; and publicizing what is being done to rectify.
  • Certifications and regulatory compliance: Demonstrating commitment to customers by earning trusted certifications awarded by independent third-party auditors.

In the context of today's digital economy, these elements are critical to bolster consumer confidence. According to the Cisco 2021 Consumer Privacy Survey, which engaged 2600 respondents across 12 countries, consumers have a clear desire for transparency and control with respect to a business' data practices. Other key survey highlights include:

  • "Privacy Actives": Nearly one third of consumers have taken a more active role in protecting their privacy, including leaving organizations over their data practices or policies
  • 隐私条例: Laws are regarded very positively around the world, albeit awareness remains relatively low in many countries
  • Protections During the Pandemic: Most people want little or no reduction in privacy protections while supporting broad public health measures
  • Artificial Intelligence: Consumers are very concerned about the use of their personal data in AI decision-making, and their trust is at stake


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