Cisco Umbrella Pricing
May15

Cisco Umbrella Pricing

A DNS filter is an important part of an organization’s malware and anti-phishing defenses. In this post we cover Cisco Umbrella, a popular DNS filter, and look at Cisco Umbrella pricing to help you decide whether this is the right solution for your organization. What is Cisco Umbrella? Cisco Umbrella, the new name for OpenDNS, is a DNS filter that allows healthcare organizations to block web-based threats and carefully control the types of web content that can be accessed by employees and guest users. A DNS filter is also an important element of layered cybersecurity defenses, as it prevents network users from accessing malicious web content and downloading potentially malicious files. Importantly for healthcare organizations, a DNS filter provides an additional layer of protection from phishing by blocking attempts to access phishing webpages via hyperlinks in emails. The solution includes 80+ categories of website which can be allowed or blocked based on the organization’s acceptable internet usage policies. Blacklists and whitelists are supported, which block or allow specific...

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How Much Does Cisco Umbrella Cost?
Apr10

How Much Does Cisco Umbrella Cost?

Cisco is a leading DNS filtering solution provider that offers a web filtering product called Cisco Umbrella, which was previously known as OpenDNS. Discover how much does Cisco Umbrella cost and whether it is a viable option financially for your organization. Why is Cisco Umbrella Necessary? A DNS filter serves two main purposes. A DNS filter provides IT teams with visibility into online activities by staff and guest users and allows restrictions to be placed on online activities to prevent certain types of website from being accessed. With a DNS filter it is possible to enforce acceptable internet usage policies and block categories of content such as pornography, gambling, or social media websites. The solution helps with compliance, can prevent HR issues, and by blocking certain types of website it is possible to improve productivity. The solution also allows SafeSearch browsing to be enforced. A DNS filter also improves security posture by blocking downloads of certain file types, such as those commonly used to hide malware and ransomware. A DNS filter is also an important...

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Whitelist Only Feature Added to Cisco Umbrella
Dec30

Whitelist Only Feature Added to Cisco Umbrella

Cisco has announced it has added a new whitelist only feature to Cisco Umbrella. The whitelist only option allows organizations to restrict Internet access to a small number of secure websites, and block access to the rest of the Internet. User are able to access the whitelist only option via their Umbrella dashboard. When the whitelist only option is set, all domains will be blocked by default and will be inaccessible. Any attempt made by an end user to visit a website that has not been added to the whitelist will be blocked before a connection is made. Any individual that attempts to access an unauthorized website would be presented a block page or the user could be directed to a specific URL. The setting can be applied to an existing rule or a new rule can be created. The whitelist only option can be set for the entire organization, for a particular network, for user groups, individual users or certain devices. The whitelist option will disable category lists and blocklists and will only allow sites to be added via allow lists. The whitelist can be used for domains or URLs....

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IWF Blacklist Incorporated into a Category on Cisco Umbrella
Sep08

IWF Blacklist Incorporated into a Category on Cisco Umbrella

Cisco has announced that its users can now quickly and easily block all employees from accessing websites containing images of child sexual abuse. A blacklist of domains and URLs containing images of child abuse is maintained by the UK’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF). The IWF is a non-profit organization dedicated to removing all online images of child sexual abuse and preventing child sexual content from being accessed via the Internet. The list contains domains and URLs hosted all over the world that have been discovered to contain these sexual images, in addition to non-photographic images of child abuse hosted in the UK. In addition to searching the Internet for illegal sexual images of children, the charity mans a hotline that allows anyone to report websites found to be hosting child sexual images. Those reported URLs and domains are then added to the blacklist. The IWF supplies partners with up-to-date blacklists allowing them to easily block the illegal content via their filtering technologies. Cisco has now partnered with the IWF and has adopted its list and added it as...

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Cisco Launches First Cloud-Based Secure Internet Gateway
Feb09

Cisco Launches First Cloud-Based Secure Internet Gateway

The popularity of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications has grown considerably in recent years. Working practices have changed, and SaaS is well suited to an increasingly mobile workforce. SaaS is certainly not a fad. The use of SaaS is likely to grow considerably over the coming years, with Gartner predicting an increase in SaaS use of 70% by 2018. While branch offices used to connect to the Internet via the corporate network, now many offices are connecting to the Internet directly, which means they bypass many network and Internet security controls. Not only does this increase risk, organizations potentially now lack visibility into threats targeting certain sections of the enterprise. One way organizations have got around this is with the use of virtual private networks (VPNs), although VPNs are not always used by employees. A recent survey conducted by IDG revealed 82% of mobile workers did not always use VPNs. An alternative strategy is to use on-premise web gateway solutions; however, multiple secure web gateways add complexity and latency and are therefore far from an...

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New Security Categories Added to Cisco Umbrella to Monitor and Block DNS Tunneling
Jan17

New Security Categories Added to Cisco Umbrella to Monitor and Block DNS Tunneling

Cisco has added two new security categories to Umbrella to help customers identify and analyze potentially harmful Internet traffic and security threats. The two new categories – DNS tunneling VPN and Potentially Harmful – help customers mange the risk of DNS tunneling and identify and block data loss. DNS tunnelling allows the data of programs and protocols in DNS responses and queries to be encoded. DNS tunnelling is used by anti-virus and anti-malware programs to obtain signatures to update virus definition lists. While this use of DNS tunnelling is legitimate, malicious actors can similarly use DNS tunnelling to hide outbound traffic – communications between malware and C2 servers or to hide the exfiltration of data. Many organizations do not monitor for this type of traffic, so it can be difficult to detect data loss and malware communications. To help customers identify this malicious traffic, Cisco has incorporated the new DNS tunneling VPN as a security category within Umbrella. Commercial DNS tunneling VPN services can be used to mask or hide traffic as DNS queries,...

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Cisco Announces Acquisition of OpenDNS
Aug27

Cisco Announces Acquisition of OpenDNS

Cisco has announced it has acquired the DNS and cybersecurity firm OpenDNS, boosting Cisco’s cloud-based security portfolio. OpenDNS was formed in 2006 as a consumer DNS company, with the firm moving into the realm of cybersecurity in 2012 with the launch of the network security service OpenDNS Umbrella. The firm developed its product portfolio and usability of its Umbrella to allow integration with any security product via the OpenDNS global security network. During the past three years, OpenDNS has partnered with some of the world’s biggest IT security vendors and its cybersecurity offerings are used by many of the world’s top enterprises. Cisco made its intentions to acquire OpenDNS known in June. Now, two months on, it has been announced that OpenDNS is now part of Cisco, although the acquisition process is not expected to close until the end of the first quarter of 2016. The acquisition makes perfect sense for Cisco, allowing the firm to rapidly expand its cloud-based security services and augment its already advanced threat detection capabilities, which now includes DNS-based...

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