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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 webpages or websites. Policies can be set up the user, department, location, or at the organization level.
Cisco Umbrella Professional Pricing
The Cisco Umbrella price list is somewhat complex as Cisco has a variety of different pricing tiers and packages. Cisco Umbrella professional pricing can vary considerably from customer to customer, and a quote must be requested. Your price will be based on several factors.
On top of the standard price for web filtering, Cisco charges extra for certain add-on services, one of which is support. There are also monthly minimums that must be taken into consideration when selecting a package.
Based on the 2019 Cisco Umbrella price list. OpenDNS Cisco Umbrella web filtering in 2019 is likely to cost you $2.70 per user, per month.
Can the Cisco Umbrella Price be Justified?
There are two main reasons for using Cisco Umbrella. To gain visibility into web activity and enforce acceptable internet usage policies and to block web-based threats such as malware and phishing attempts.
The cost per user may be high, but that cost can be justified. Content control can improve productivity, prevent HR issues, and can be used to conserve bandwidth. From a cybersecurity perspective, a DNS filter will improve defenses against phishing, malware, ransomware, and botnets and will help to prevent costly data breaches.
Cisco Umbrella is at the higher end of the price spectrum for web filtering. There web filtering solutions that may meet your needs at a much lower price point, so it pays to conduct research before selecting a web filtering solution.