Cisco’s Chuck Robbins Fights for Social Justice

For the past several weeks, on tweeter and within the company, the chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems, Mr Chuck Robbins has been very vocal about the struggle for social justice; domestically and globally.

During the recent pandemic, Cisco donated $5M to the Equal Justice
Initiative and other groups that are focused on fighting the lack of equal justice for all in our society. According to Mr Robbins, “CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ is the largest CEO-driven business commitment to advance diversity and inclusion in the workplace.”

On June 23, Talos, Cisco’s research and development group joined their CEO to declare “There are many ways to respond to injustice, both large and small, but each response is important. While we acknowledge it is a small change, Cisco Talos is moving to replace our use of the terms “blacklist” and “whitelist” with “block list” and “allow list.” Even though these terms are
commonly in use in the security industry, we will not go along with casually assigning positive connotations to “white” while assigning negative connotations to “black.” We stand by Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins”.

This action may seem small, but for the security industry, if other vendors would follow along with Talos’s decision, this would be a major evolution and will constitute a big win for Cisco and Mr Robbins in his fight for Social Justice and equality for all people.

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