Cisco Umbrella Primary Use Case

Sr Network and Security Consultant (SDN & Security) at a media company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The primary use case for this solution is for DNS based attacks and for malware protection. It has a malware protection engine.

If you install Cisco Umbrella Clients on the remote PC, you can do URL filtering, malware protection, and you can check the health and status of the device itself.

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Technical Presales Consultant : Cisco Security at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

Cisco has its own cloud that they manage Umbrella on. So Umbrella is not like any part of AWS or Azure or GPP. Our use case for Umbrella all depends on our customer's requirements. Cisco Umbrella has many packages to help address these requirements. The current package which we are working on incorporating more is Cisco Umbrella SIG, which is the Secure Internet Gateway. It has just been launched as part of Umbrella and we are currently exploring its capabilities and utility for our clients.  

There are a lot of use cases for Umbrella, and for us those use cases include the following:  

  • One of the more important use cases for clients is using the product as a web proxy.  
  • A second thing would be a situation where a customer wants to block access to an employee's personal email account and allow only corporate email accounts.  
  • A third would be the cloud-delivered firewall. This would cover a situation where a customer would create a tunnel between their on-prem firewall to the Cisco Umbrella cloud. This would make it so that all the traffic is filtered by the Cisco Cloud Firewall.  
  • We use it to support our MDM (Mobile Device Management) integration. Umbrella can be integrated with various MDM products, like AirWatch and MobileIron, and that category of products.  
  • Umbrella supports family integrations. So we can search for information from AWS or Azure-based clouds and we can create family-based policies using Umbrella.  
  • Umbrella provides support for some features of Kaspersky. For example, it can tell you what all apps are running on the endpoints and it can give you granular control over those apps.  

These are only a few of the use cases which I think are most important for us and our clients at this time when using Umbrella.  

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NOC Lead at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

I do not know what the latest version is that is currently installed, but it is cloud-based monitoring so it is one of the most recent versions.  

The primary use case is for endpoint users who are not working on our office premises. They are remote employees who are roaming so they are not within our protected zone. They can be vulnerabilities if they are browsing content and there is malware included on those web sites. Umbrella allows this kind of monitoring on remote devices and we can block those sites. We can also block applications which we would like not to allow to be running in the organization.  

With Umbrella our primary use is that we can monitor the endpoints for external devices. We will protect the users from malware phishing through email and the websites they are browsing. Umbrella is a solution for things like DNS (Domain Name System) protection, filtering, and security.  

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Chief Executive Officer at Cynexlink, LLC

We use Cisco Umbrella for web security and it's very good. It acts as web filtration combined with security and I am very supportive of it, especially with cybersecurity trending these days and the amount of malware and spyware out there. It's important for end-users to have some sort of protection when they're browsing the internet and this product does that. Before it lets you go, it filters and gives you the okay to move forward with the website you're looking for. A lot of customers tend to make typos when they're searching for websites, which then leads them to unknown websites that automatically download malware to their computer — now they're infected. That's why you need web security. 

We currently have about 1500 endpoints under Cisco Umbrella, but of course, we plan to increase our numbers. We offer Cisco Umbrella in our packages so whenever we get new customers on board, they get it. 

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Security BDM UK at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I am using it at home for my personal defense. We also use it in our company.

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Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are using this solution for DNS filtering to try and make sure that users do not make ill-advised clicks and find themselves in harm's way. Once we started to implement it, we realized that just putting Cisco Umbrella appliances on the company's network was not good enough. The notebooks travel and the risk factor travels. We switched over and for some time now, we have deployed it predominantly on roaming clients.

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Network Engineer & Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is similar to a web security appliance. However, it is like filtering on a cloud base, not on-premise. Basically, it is not fully mature, which means it's not yet ready to replace the WSA, however, over a period of time, it could to a certain extent. It's a cloud solution to protect against fake domain IDs. It can be your filtering solution and can also do a few other things with the other features on it.

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Network Specialist at Syswind Kft.

We primarily use the solution as cloud security for our branches. It protects us from direct internet outbreaks.

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Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We are service providers for all Cisco products.

We have contracted a couple of schools for a proof of concept for the customers who purchase Cisco Umbrella. We have also deployed it to virtual machines in the customer's environment.

We have also deployed Active Directory connectors, and we have directed the customer's traffic towards Cisco Umbrella and their DNS Service.

We have also monitored and provided a course for the customers.

This product can be used for DNS security. DNS security basically provides protection because Cisco thinks that 90% of the attacks come from DNS. So, they warn us that if customers protect the DNS, then they are 90% secure. 

Instead of resolving their domains through normal global DNS servers, this solution provides security.

Cisco Umbrella grades all of the domains that are present in its own grading and specifies which are malicious, which are whitelisted, which are not safe, which domains have recently been, and which show some spike in the graph that sometimes they come up and suddenly they go offline.

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Senior Manager - Information Technology at Emami Ltd

We use Cisco Umbrella to provide protection for our end-users. It prevents unauthorized access to their systems, as well as halts access to compromised sites, such as a ransomware site. Essentially, all of the malicious activity is prevented.

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The solution is mainly used for remote workers, for people that are outside the enterprise premises, in order to have security while they work on the road.

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We are a reseller and Cisco Umbrella is one of the products that we sell to our customers. We offer it as a managed service provider. This product provides security for remote workers and it helps to improve enterprise security in a very easy way.

It is mainly used for remote workers and for people that live outside the enterprise premises. It gives them security while they are on the road.

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Cyber Security Consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have been working with the administration of the product as well as looking at various features of the product, such as locking of the URL. We have also been checking certain intelligence to see how it helps in maintaining security posture for the organization. In addition, we have also been looking at command and control, communication with other IPs, and early blocking of the DNS requests.

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Global Security at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

Our primary use case is for protecting and defending against cyber-based threats. So anything on the internet emanating through DNS-type attacks and then also content filtering. It ensures that our employees are only going to know safe categories. 

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Presales Engineer at DataProtect

We are a system integrator, and we implemented this solution for one of our clients in Morocco. It helps to protect the network against ransomware and phishing attacks. 

This solution integrated with eBay, and we use it to check statistics.

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Project Delivery Coordinator at a media company with 201-500 employees

We are resellers of Cisco. We provide many different Cisco solutions. Sometimes it is just the physical hardware, although we also implement software.

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Consultant at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The customers that we provide this solution to are small businesses that have 10 to 25 employees.

Employees working from home normally don't have security, so through the cloud we can manage the devices, the endpoints, a mobile or notebook, etc. We can provide more security for these devices when the employee is not working on VPN, for example.

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Senior Manager - Information Technology at Emami Ltd

We use it to control how the end users can access our data center services and internet services, which gives us an inner view of the user behavior and how they are doing, and if any malicious activity is going on, knowingly, unknowingly, or both.

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Network Consultant at a security firm with 51-200 employees

We have small, medium and enterprise customers.

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General Manager at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees

We use Cisco Umbrella in our clients' companies.

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Chief Enterprise Architect at Expanded Reality

We use this solution to provide Dorel filtering and security for our WiFi environment. I'm the chief enterprise architect and we are customers of Cisco Umbrella. 

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Consultor en Seguridad de la Información at ISS

The Cisco Umbrella solution offers protection to everyone that will be connected to the internet because Umbrella provides a DNS-layer of security. When someone connects to the internet or they set up the DNS service, that person will use the Umbrella service and the extra layer of Umbrella. All their traits are to be located before they get to the device that the person is using to connect to the internet.

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Spider Solutions CTO at a security firm with 11-50 employees

We use Cisco Umbrella for protecting the web surfing channel.

When users are accessing the internet, mainly for web surfing,  Umbrella will protect the access to the internet.

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System Engineer at a non-profit with 10,001+ employees

We are using this product for DNS security that is integrated with Active Directory. We are also using public DNS connectivity for the filtering of underlying threats.

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Head of Business Solutions, UK&I at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We use it to provide cloud-based security services for our customers.

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Manager and Senior Consultant at NTT DATA

Our customers used an older version of Cisco, but we proposed Cisco Umbrella for their POC phase.

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Systems Support Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Generally, we use Cisco Umbrella to prevent DNS attacks within the LAN. As we are a data center, that is our main use case.

Within our organization, there are roughly 500 people using this solution.

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