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Protecting Off-Network Users From Security Threats with Cisco Umbrella

Posted by Clearpath Solutions Group on Tue, Oct 31, 2017 @ 11:31 AM

There’s a disturbing trend afoot when it comes to remote workers – 82 percent of them state that they do not use a VPN to connect to the company network. Gone are the days when desktops, laptops, business apps and critical infrastructure were all secured behind a firewall. With the rise of cloud-hosted applications, employees are using corporate-owned laptops to access Internet resources from both inside and outside the corporate network.  In doing so,  they’re effectively bypassing the corporate perimeter and creating new security risks for your organization.

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Get Ahead of the Security Curve With Cisco Umbrella Protection

Many organizations find themselves unprepared for the risk that off-network users create for malware, ransomware and other attacks. As a Secure Internet Gateway, Cisco Umbrella provides the first line of defense against threats on the internet, wherever users go. Umbrella delivers complete visibility into internet activity across all locations, devices and users, and blocks threats before they ever reach your network or endpoints.

First Line of Defense Against Threats – Umbrella is built into the foundation of the Internet and blocks requests from malicious or unwanted destinations before a connection is even established. When Umbrella receives a DNS request, it uses intelligence to determine if the request is safe, malicious or risky. Working at the DNS and IP layers, safe or malicious requests are routed according to company protocol, and risky requests undergo deeper inspection.

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Stop Threats Earlier and See Attacks Before They Launch – Umbrella allows you to reduce time to detect and contain threats, putting your IT team on the offensive. Instead of trying to remediate a threat after the fact, Umbrella stops threats in their tracks before they get to your network or endpoints. Even if a user does get infected, the call-back to the attacker’s server is blocked so the threat doesn’t succeed.

Everywhere Visibility and Protection – It’s important to have visibility to internet activity across all locations and users. Umbrella provides real time reports on activity so you can see sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services and application usage across the enterprise in order to identify potential opportunities and risk.

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Enterprise Wide Deployment – Simple and quick to deploy means you can start protecting users across your organization in minutes. With Umbrella, everything is managed from the cloud so it’s open, automated and easy to use. There’s no hardware to install and no software to manually update. You can provision all on-network devices – including BYOD and IoT.

Plays Nice With Others – Umbrella integrates with your existing security stack, including security appliances, intelligence platforms and cloud access security broker (CASB) controls. Using Cisco’s enforcement API, you can programmatically send malicious domains to Umbrella for blocking in a matter of seconds, allowing you to amplify existing investments and extend protection across the network.

Cisco Umbrella delivers all these benefits to make your network more secure, with no added latency. It’s a cost-effective, web-based security solution for businesses that have decentralized networks, direct-to-internet branches, understaffed security teams or support guest WiFi or a BYOD policy. With 100 percent uptime since 2006, you’ll be ahead of the security curve and increase the effectiveness of your IT security team by gaining visibility into internet activities anywhere your employees connect.  

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Topics: Cisco, Cisco Umbrella

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