Cisco Systems
Network Technology
San Jose, California


Overall Rank: 576
Category: Cloud Management
Category Rank: 31


  • Top Software Company of 2021
  • Top Software Company of 2020


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One of the most respected, acclaimed, and successful tech companies in the world, Cisco Systems is largely responsible for keeping networks across the globe connected. Founded in 1984, Cisco is at the heart of Silicon Valley, both literally and metaphorically. The conglomerate manufactures and sells networking hardware and software, as well as telecommunications equipment and other technological services, primarily through its subsidiaries, such as OpenDNS, Webex, Jabber, and Jasper. The company was founded by Sandy Lerner and Leonard Bosack, both of the Stanford University computer science department, quickly becoming an integral part of networking the World Wide Web. Today, Cisco boasts a market cap of more than $200 billion.

After four decades leading the tech industry, Cisco has become a model of optimized organizational structure both for its external performance as well as its internal operations. It is considered the “World’s Best Workplace” by Fortune Magazine — a distinction it has held two years in a row — and is highly ranked as an employer of women, the LGBTQ community, parents, and Millenials. It is also recognized as a military-friendly employer and as one of the world’s most sustainable companies.


Key Products

Cisco Silicon One

This pioneering architecture utilizes silicon technology to fashion a versatile toolkit for service provider networks and web scale. It is uniquely positioned to enable customers to set up best-in-class silicon from Top of Rack switches throughout web scale data center and across networks with a centralized routing and switching portfolio. Users experience industry-topping bandwidth while working within the Silicone One architecture, which delivers convergence without compromise.


A cloud-native, intrinsic platform, SecureX united a user’s infrastructure with Cisco’s Secure portfolio. This drastically cuts down dwell time and the necessity for human-powered tasks. By getting rid of bottlenecks that leave teams hanging, this platform brings clarity and efficiency while simplifying the determination of actions and solutions. SecureX is fully-equipped with XDR capabilities.

Cisco Plus

This offering could be called Cisco-as-a-service, as it brings all the benefits of Cisco technology into one service platform. Quick fixes arrive in the blink of an eye and will upgrade system agility and scaling potential using intelligent adaptation programming. Its solutions convey hybrid cloud technology, and future iterations will open up a larger catalogue of services that are developing in the Cisco partner ecosystem.

Cisco Secure Endpoint

A solution for threat detection, protection, and response, Secure Endpoint draws on the Secure X platform to shorten remediation windows by as much as 85%. Its Orbital Advanced Search function has an immediate answer for any user concerns about endpoints. Attacks are waylaid by proactive threat hunting capabilities that map to the MITRE ATT&CK framework. Top-notch global security intelligence with full appraisal of known malware is leveraged to enforce zero-trust and block suspicious endpoints.

Corporate Responsibility

Charitable Causes

Cisco has established the Fighting Racism and Discrimination Fund to support organizations fighting against discrimination and racism in the industry, workplaces, and communities.

The STEM Fund was put in place to foster diversity support for STEM endeavors. All employee donations to this find are matched by Cisco at up to $25,000 as per the company’s annual matching limit.

Cisco also jumped into the COVID-19 relief cause with a North American disaster response campaign that directly contributes to the COVID-19 Response Fund. The company matches $10,000 per employee for eligible donations.

With the Global Impact Grant Program, Cisco aids nonprofits in implementing digital technology solutions in order to leave a far-reaching impression on parts of the world in economically dire straits.

Through the Global Impact Grant (GIG) Program, Cisco helps emerging non-profit organizations apply digital technology solutions to have the broadest impact in some of the most economically underserved parts of the world. Strategic partners are sustained by Cisco through cash grants, capacity building consultations, and gifts of technology.

Diversity & Inclusion

In 2019, Cisco was recognized as a Best Workplace for women, and the next year saw the company rank on the Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality list. The company’s global Inclusion and Collaboration partners are Anita Borg Grace Hopper Conferences, the Hispanic IT Executive Council, the Executive Leadership Council, Simmons Leadership Conferences, and LGBTQ workplace advocate Out and Equal.