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April 2020

Cisco Joins CRA’s Initiative to Make Remote Work Easy and Secure during COVID-19

Cisco has recently joined the initiative that was launched by the Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) at end of March 2020, in cooperation with key players in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector of Qatar, by taking a set of measures and providing offers and packages to help people of Qatar to work remotely from home easily and securely during the precautionary measures taken to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Cisco will support businesses in Qatar by offering them free licenses up to 90 days for collaboration tools and several security solutions, to work remotely from home easily and securely especially with the increase in remote workers. The collaboration tools include the cloud collaboration platform “Webex” which allows them to make voice and video conference calls, where users can host or join a meeting from any device including mobile, tablet or laptop. In terms of the security solutions, Cisco will support them by offering Remote Access VPN (Virtual Private Network) with Cisco AnyConnect + virtual Firewall, and Cyber Security anywhere through Cisco Umbrella. In addition to Multifactor Authentication through Cisco DUO.

“We are pleased that Cisco has joined CRA’s initiative, which supports the efforts of our other partners, and enables us to respond further to this emergency, as technology now has a huge role to play in enhancing the management of this exceptional circumstances, reducing the risk of infection and spread of COVID-19, supporting various entities and ensuring their work continuity without interruption, and reducing the economic and social impacts of COVID-19,” said His Excellency Mohammed Ali Al-Mannai, President of CRA.

Businesses in Qatar can submit their requests by contacting Cisco via email qatar-trials@cisco.com, and can check all the related information that is available on CRA’s website https://www.cra.gov.qa/en/Consumer/Work-from-Home. It is worth to mention that Cisco has enabled more than 90,000 free licenses in Qatar so far with 10,000 more to be activated and will continue activate licenses as demand requires.