Cisco Security Powers McLaren Racing On and Off the Track

McLaren has expanded its global partnership with Cisco to include the company's industry-leading security solutions
McLaren has expanded its partnership with Cisco to leverage the company's cutting-edge security solutions, protecting their complex operations

In the high-stakes world of Formula 1 racing, teams like McLaren require lightning-fast data, connectivity and collaboration to gain a competitive edge. But with mission-critical data and telemetry continuously transmitted between the track and its state-of-the-art headquarters, securing these operations against cyber threats is equally critical.

That's why McLaren has expanded its global partnership with Cisco to include the company's industry-leading security solutions. Building on its existing role as Official Technology Partner, as the Official Security Partner of the McLaren F1 Team, Cisco provides end-to-end visibility, heightened threat intelligence and simplified security management across McLaren's distributed network.

"Cisco has proven time and again to be a dynamic partner for McLaren Racing, with their technology playing a crucial role in our success both on and off the track," says Matt Dennington, Co-Chief Commercial Officer at McLaren Racing. "This next phase of our partnership focuses on advancing this further by leveraging their security technology to keep our complex and distributed organisation connected and protected."

Cisco is powering McLaren security innovation

As part of the expanded partnership, McLaren is benefitting from security innovation across the Cisco Security portfolio, via a combination of on-premises hardware and cloud-based software, including Cisco Secure Firewall, Cisco XDR and more.

Cisco Secure Firewall helps the McLaren F1 Team with end-to-end visibility, simplified security management and network segmentation across distributed and hybrid networks the team relies on to deliver mission-critical information and data. Cisco XDR allows McLaren Racing to investigate, prioritise and remediate the highest-priority incidents with AI-enhanced speed, efficiency, and decisiveness.

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“The McLaren Formula 1 Team is an incredible proof point to showcase why leading organisations trust Cisco – our technology portfolio delivers across dynamic global environments, helps achieve meaningful results, and powerfully impacts McLaren Racing through our collaboration and partnership,” remarked Carrie Palin, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer at Cisco. “We believe our breadth of security solutions will serve to accelerate the narrative and highlight why Cisco gives businesses the confidence and insight they need to operate securely.”

With Cisco's recent acquisition of Splunk – itself a long-time technology partner of the McLaren F1 Team – the organisation will enjoy even greater digital resiliency across their entire digital environment. Cisco and Splunk will bring the full power of the network together with fully integrated security and observability solutions to help McLaren Racing remain connected and protected both on the track and off.

As an Official Technology Partner, Cisco networking and collaboration solutions like ThousandEyes and Webex already empower McLaren's critical racing operations and global teamwork. Now, McLaren also trusts Cisco to secure their entire digital environment – speeding ahead with the performance, innovation and resilience required to win.

"Our partnership with the McLaren F1 Team is one of shared culture and values,” adds Jeetu Patel, Cisco Executive Vice President and General Manager of Security and Collaboration. “McLaren Racing compete in a world where every millisecond counts, and at Cisco, we are powering enterprise security with AI-native security products that augment security teams to defend at machine scale.”

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