Connect and Communicate Securely: The Essential Benefits of Cisco Umbrella

By Casey Willis - January 18, 2023

As businesses of all sizes continue to face the threat of malicious cyber-attacks, it is more important than ever to have an effective cybersecurity solution in place.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud-based security platform that provides comprehensive protection against malware and other online threats. With its advanced features and capabilities, it can help organizations protect their networks from attacks while also providing users with a secure browsing experience.

Cisco Umbrella offers several key benefits:

  • DNS-layer security – Umbrella’s DNS-layer security provides the fastest, easiest way to improve your security. It helps improve security visibility, detect compromised systems, and protect your users on and off the network by stopping threats over any port or protocol before they reach your network or endpoints.
  • Secure web gateway – Umbrella’s secure web gateway logs and inspects web traffic for full visibility, URL and application controls, and protection against malware. Use IPsec tunnels, PAC files, or proxy chaining to forward traffic to our cloud-based proxy to enforce acceptable use policies and block advanced threats.
  • Firewall – Umbrella’s firewall logs all activity and blocks unwanted traffic using IP, port, and protocol rules. To forward traffic, simply configure an IPsec tunnel from any network device. As new tunnels are created, policies are automatically applied for easy setup and consistent enforcement everywhere.
  • Cloud access security broker – Umbrella exposes shadow IT by providing the ability to detect and report on cloud applications in use across your organization. For discovered apps, view details on the risk level and block or control usage to better manage cloud adoption and reduce risk.
  • Interactive threat intelligence – Umbrella's unique view of the internet gives them unprecedented insight into malicious domains, IPs, and URLs. Available via a console and API, Umbrella Investigate provides real-time context on malware, phishing, botnets, trojans and other threats enabling faster incident investigation and response.
  • Integration with SD‑WAN – The Umbrella and Cisco SD‑WAN integration deploys easily across your network for powerful cloud security and protection against internet threats. Umbrella's integrated approach secures cloud access and efficiently protects your branch users, connected devices, and app usage from all direct internet access breakouts.

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