Cisco Umbrella security for office, roaming and home users

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Cyber and network security can sound a bit like rocket science if you are not an expert in the field. Anyway, any business owner or company management decision-maker is bound to come to a decision – how to approach enterprise-wide protection and prevent cyber threats anytime, anywhere. The answer is Cisco Umbrella

Happily, cyber security solutions are ever evolving, and IT support companies are now able to provide you with some rather intelligent alternatives to implement swiftly, reliably, and efficiently. One of them is Cisco Umbrella – a comprehensive cloud security service suitable for businesses of all niches and sizes.

What is Cisco Umbrella, how does it work, and what kinds of advantages does it have compared to other alternatives? Find the simple answers to these questions in the following paragraphs, provided by Network Fish – your London guide through the world of outsourced IT. 

What is the Cisco Umbrella?

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud-delivered security solution that functions on the foundation of the Internet. As the term “umbrella” intuitively suggests, it brings multiple functionalities together and ensures out-and-out protection of users, devices, and distributed locations.

Umbrella is meant to reduce the number of potential threats and block them at the earliest point possible before they ever reach your network or endpoints. It blocks malicious destinations such as domains, IPs, and URLs by using policy-based protection.

Put simply, policy-based protection means that a pre-set security standard will be enforced regardless of the users’ location or the network to which they are connected. That is a fast, easy, and state-of-the-art solution for keeping your users safe while they’re roaming – with no hardware to install, no software to update manually, and easy ongoing management from a trusted IT company. 

How Does Cisco Umbrella Work?

Cisco Umbrella is not a Virtual Private Network (VPN) client or a local anti-virus engine. Instead, it is designed to protect your employees even when they are off the VPN and are connected to any other network – be it in a hotel, a coffee shop, or a business trip destination all over the globe.

To do so, the Umbrella uses a Domain Name System (DNS) to forward your networks’ requests and users to the Umbrella DNS servers. As a result, it provides protection from threats over any port or protocol – it blocks requests to phishing, ransomware, malware, and botnets before a connection is even established.

The result? A much broader and more reliable security spectrum for your business data and devices. 

What Are the Advantages of Using Cisco Umbrella?

Theory to practice: what kinds of benefits can you experience when implementing the Cisco Umbrella? Below, you will find some of them to begin with.

Protection of All Devices 
Cisco Umbrella provides top-notch security coverage for all the devices you’ve chosen to connect. It supports both stationary and handheld devices regardless of their operational system – Android, iOS, Windows, or Linux.

High-end Monitoring and Reporting 
With Cisco Umbrella, you can better understand the security hazards within your organization by directly monitoring the trends throughout your deployment.

You’ll have reports that display the activity for each device or network, including:

  • New services being used;
  • Who is using them and how;
  • Are there any potential risks?

Experts are then easy to recognize potential victims and block particular applications promptly. 

Swift Global Deployment
With Cisco Umbrella, pointing the DNS traffic to the Global Network takes literally no more than a few minutes. It’s a comprehensive solution for frequently roaming employees, remote teams, and flexible offices that often switch locations for one reason or another.

When led by an experienced IT support company, the entire process is as easy as one-two-three. 

What Are the Results in Numbers?

Last but not least on the advantage list – Umbrella greatly expedites the threat investigation process and decreases response times in case of an incident. It categorizes and retains all internet activity, thus providing rapid access to crucial information needed for the security operations centre to function properly. 

According to the official Cisco Umbrella website, the high-end on and off-network protection delivers results beyond the satisfactory:

  • 75% reduction of malware infections;
  • 50% reduction in the remediation time in case of an incident;
  • A global of over 60,000 new malicious destinations identified daily;
  • A global of 20 million blocked threats per day;
  • 100% reduction in ransomware.

Do you need to know more about Cisco Umbrella, or have it implemented by an expert IT company in London? Reach out to us, and let’s make it happen!