Cisco Umbrella

Vendor: Insight Enterprises and Cisco

Product: Cisco Umbrella

Intelligent security is a requirement in today’s market. As businesses become more mobile, companies need to protect employees on pubic Wi-Fi networks, as well as those wired into the private network. Insight, a Fortune 500 technology solution company, has partnered with Cisco for more than 20 years to deliver innovative solutions that help businesses protect users and achieve long-term value. As Cisco’s largest global account reseller, Insight’s expert team ensures businesses receive top-performing products and solutions, such as Cisco Umbrella — the industry’s first secure internet gateway to the cloud. To learn more about why Insight is the perfect partner for your Cisco needs click here.

Cisco Umbrella uses Domain Name Servers (DNS) as a security platform to protect users from potential threats. When a DNS request is made, Umbrella takes the request and determines whether or not the destination address is safe. Based on this analysis, users are directed to the desired web address (safe request), blocked (malicious request) or sent to a cloud-based proxy page for additional research (risky request). After additional information is analyzed by the system, risky requests are either allowed or blocked. Umbrella enforces security measures and catalogs incidents so reports can be viewed and analyzed at any time.


Figure 1. Cisco Umbrella generates security reports for all devices monitored by Umbrella. These reports show all security activity for selected time periods and display blocked requests.

The four key, overarching features of Umbrella include deployment ease, proactive and preventive intelligence, simple integration with existing intelligence, and front-line defense capabilities. Because Umbrella uses DNS to enforce security measures, it can be deployed in a matter of minutes across an entire enterprise.

Cisco solutions are designed to safeguard cloud users in all locations and on all devices. Umbrella is no exception. Its activities are also performed in the cloud, so there’s no hardware to install or software to manually update — ever.

The intelligence in Umbrella comes from its familiarity with DNS and IP addresses. Based on traffic patterns and security information across different addresses, Umbrella creates its own map of the internet, making note of safe, unsafe and suspicious addresses (using the Investigate feature pictured in Figure 2). Umbrella learns patterns so that it can detect anomalies or suspicious IP addresses based on its model. This information comes from enterprise users, as well as other information Umbrella has access to, and proactively prevents users from visiting suspicious domains. Umbrella can also integrate with on-premise intelligence to make the most of existing security measures.

Figure 2. The Investigate feature in Umbrella includes learning and analyzing information from a suspicious address and reporting the findings.

Finally, Umbrella enables faster and safer internet access worldwide. It is ultimately a recursive DNS provider with added security on top of its key features and benefits:

  • Visibility and protection everywhere
  • Intelligent analysis to detect attacks sooner
  • Open platform integration
  • Reduction in remediation costs and malware damage

Insight’s complimentary demo on cloud-based malware protection with Umbrella provides more details.

Other DNS providers that compete with Umbrella DNS services include Google and Dyn, but neither provider competes with the security capabilities coupled with DNS services.

To learn more about how Umbrella can help your organization, contact a Cisco representative directly through Insight and take advantage of a free 14-day trial of Cisco Umbrella.

Additional Resources:

Cisco with Insight.

Cisco Umbrella at a glance.

Cisco and Insight Webinar: Diving Into the Future of Security

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Rebecca Seasholtz

Rebecca is a senior Materials Science and Engineering major at Georgia Tech. She specializes in soft materials (i.e. plastics and textiles) and has also worked extensively with functional materials for electrical applications. Rebecca is originally from Grayson, GA and likes to spend her free time running, cycling, drinking coffee, or hanging around the campus house of a ministry she attends at Georgia Tech. Contact Rebecca at [email protected]