Apple's Cook promises security insurance discount at Cisco event

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Apple CEO Tim Cook made a surprise appearance at a Cisco event in Las Vegas on Monday, revealing plans to help businesses with discounts on cyber-security insurance if they use products from both companies. Following the event, Cisco announced another outcome of its Apple partnership, the Cisco Security Connector app for iPhone and iPad.

"The thinking we share here is that if your enterprise or company is using Cisco and Apple, that the combination of these should make that insurance cost significantly less," Cook said according to Reuters. "This is something we're going to spend some energy on. You should reap that benefit."

The Security Connector app will launch this fall, and offer "security functionality from Cisco Umbrella and Cisco Clarity in a single app," Cisco said. Specifically the app will aid in the investigation of security incidents, block people from connecting to malicious websites, and encrypt DNS requests.

Organizations will have to deploy the app via a mobile device management platform — most likely Cisco's Meraki Systems Manager. Prior to the fall, organizations will be able to test Security Connector by way of a beta program.

Apple and Cisco first announced their collaboration in Aug. 2015, intended to ensure iPhones and iPads were optimized for Cisco networks, and vice versa.

Many other Apple enterprise partnerships have been forged in recent years, including ones with IBM, SAP, and Deloitte.