Cisco is the worldwide technology leader that has been making the Internet work since 1984. Cisco’s strategy is to solve their customers’ most important business challenges. Cisco delivers intelligent networks and technology architectures built on integrated products, services, and software platforms. Its people, products, and partners help society securely connect and seize tomorrow's digital opportunity today.

We have preserved this keen focus on solving business challenges since our founding in 1984. Len Bosack and wife Sandy Lerner, both working for Stanford University, wanted to email each other from their respective offices, but technological shortcomings did not allow such communication. A technology had to be invented to deal with disparate local area protocols, and as a result of solving their challenge, the multiprotocol router was born.