Cisco Umbrella Valuable Features

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

The most valuable feature is that it prevents DNS-Based attacks, which is quite common these days.

The DNS Query is first sent by the user and then it will communicate to the URL. If you are requesting for some URL it process also to an IP.

The basic functionality of Cisco Umbrella is to save this type of request and to have a more secure way to communicate the DNS Query back to the user. Any attack based on the DNS Query is stopped by Cisco Umbrella.

If you have a proxy, for example, if my DNS server is and I make a server on the same IP or different IBN with the same DNS name, I can make a proxy and the user request will come to me and I can send this user any way I want. So based on these types of attacks, Cisco Umbrella protects the user.

The user requests a lot of DNS queries. Even if you don't know it or if the user is not accessing any URL, the laptops or any PC keep on accessing different URL's and you are not aware of it or if it is good or not. Cisco Umbrella gives you the visibility and you know what is happening from this laptop or this endpoint.

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

The most valuable feature which I found in Umbrella is the segmentation of personal accounts from corporate accounts. In order to work with this, Umbrella has a feature where we add the ID of the customer's Gmail account or the Azure account. That ID is then used as a filter to separate access so that only corporate Gmail will be accessible and it can block personal accounts.  

The second very valuable feature is the web proxy part which is effective in determining if a feed may be malicious.  

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

I think the one feature we are using that Umbrella provides that is the most valuable feature is the DNS security. It is used to watch all the traffic which we are routing through the endpoint and organization firewalls. The users and devices are diverted by our secure gateway which scans each and every DNS request. It notifies us if it is not safe and allows those that are. It is like an alarm center application near our firewall.  

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

Its simplicity is most valuable. I can install it and get it up and running, and it can be pervasive across my business within a business day.

It is pretty simple and straightforward to install and configure. Its remit is reasonably clearly defined. When you look at solutions like Darktrace and Carbon Black, the mission objective isn't as clearly defined. Cisco Umbrella, Sophos Central, or some of the other solutions have a more standardized approach to antivirus, which includes enhanced response from the machine learning or deep learning perspective.

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

I like that it's a cloud solution. 

The best part of Cisco is that Cisco has the second-largest security service cloud for security background checks. That is the big advantage of the Cisco security portfolio.

The solution is extremely stable. It has excellent performance.

The solution can scale if you need it to.

The initial setup is pretty straightforward.

The pricing is reasonable. You can negotiate contracts with Cisco.

Integration is very easy. It's not that complicated. Out of two clients, one had an easy integration, which was something new for me. That said, it did take time as it was the initial setup for me. 

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IT Systems Engineer at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

The most valuable feature of this solution is its reliability.

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Daniel Borbely
Network Specialist at Syswind Kft.

It makes for good flexibility. The solution is very easy to manage. We found the initial setup, for example, to be quite simple.

Easy to deploy.

Efficient protection on the DNS level and even higher. The sandboxing feature analyse and handle the complicated security risks.

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

Cisco Umbrella is very flexible, and it does not show any kind of delay that someone is responding to their DNS server, outside of their network and outside of their environment.

I haven't found any issues related to latency or any other issue.

They have Umbrella Investigate, which uses machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms to find malicious attacks in the domains.

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Senior Manager - Information Technology at Emami Ltd

The most valuable feature for us is the DNS-based protection. It is the only type that is available in India.

The interface is very easy to handle. Even a person with limited knowledge can quickly learn to work with it.

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CTO at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees

DNS security used to be the main value for us. Looking forward, SASE-style use cases (the ability to connect to any endpoint, be it a corporate-managed device, or a privately managed device, to any SaaS service) seems to be the most important feature for the future, on top of DNS security.

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Andrew Ta
Network Engineer at LADWP

The most valuable feature is that it secures our network against blacklisted or malicious websites. If we do have an instance of malware then it is unable to home back to these types of sites.

This solution is very easy to use.

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Victor Mejia

It provides security for the remote workers and it helps to improve enterprise security in a very easy way.

We mainly enjoy web software protection capabilities. It prevents the end-users from getting into bad sites or sites that potentially could have malware or could be phishing. It helps end-users avoid the wrong sites.

The solution works very smoothly.

The user interface is good.

The implementation is pretty easy.

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Victor Mejia

The most valuable feature is the website protection capabilities because it prevents end-users from entering bad sites that potentially have malware or could be used for phishing. Ultimately, it helps users avoid the wrong sites.

It is very easy to integrate.

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

Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up.

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

The weekly reportings are great. The investigation is super and the application management is equally great.

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Hasnae Lamrani Alaoui
Presales Engineer at DataProtect

The most valuable features are the protection against ransomware and phishing.

This solution is easy to use.

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

Some clients only want DNS security, while others want more of the advanced features that it has available.

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Shadi Alyounes
Security Tem Leader at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

Umbrella stops threats over all ports and protocols—even direct-to-IP connections. Stop malware before it reaches your endpoints or network.

Even if devices become infected in other ways, Umbrella prevents connections to an attacker’s servers. Stop data exfiltration and execution of ransomware encryption

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Security Engineering Senior Manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The most valuable features of this solution are the blocking function and its ease of use. The integration with other systems is helpful, as well.

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

I think recently with many people working from home, Cisco Umbrella has been very useful. For example, we can manage the device and the network when the employee is not working on the local host. Cisco Umbrella is very valuable for this kind of infrastructure.

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Senior Manager - Information Technology at Emami Ltd

I have found the malware protection feature valuable. It is helpful and deliverable and is able to protect my entire organization from getting compromised. It also prevents us from visiting any malicious sites which are not visible to the users.

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Network Consultant at a security firm with 51-200 employees

Cisco Umbrella is a totally different solution. They are the first to come up with this idea of security. It's a totally new concept of security for everybody, for every time, real time, perfectionism. The browsing is great compared to other products. You will be protected by Cisco rather than other security solutions where you must first be rerouted and then they will start working on the domain rather than this. This couldn't be compared to any other solution.

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

The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT. The APT is something that I find to be very good in Cisco.

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Sean Cottman
Chief Enterprise Architect at Expanded Reality

The security and access control features are the most valuable for us.

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Nestor Raul Quintana Martinez
Consultor en Seguridad de la Información at ISS

Cisco Umbrella can be implemented very fast and easily. All that we must do is redirect the DNS registers in their routers, or the active directory service of the enterprise that is going to use Umbrella services. If you buy the service now, in two hours you are protected by the service because it's very fast to put in service.

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

What we like most is security and how easy it is to integrate with other appliances.

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Mohammed Omer
Solutions Pvt at iDesign Data Solutions Pvt.Ltd.

I think Umbrella is good enough as of now. It has the security of domains. It analyzes the domain security and helps us implement the securest policy. This feature is presently not being provided with other technologies. It's a multi-tenant solution. Multi-tenancy MSSP packages, they're all ready. As well as any cost amounting deployment security coverages with DNS and intelligence policy of production and protocols.

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

We've found it to be stable and good for our customers.

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Tetsuya Suenaga
Manager and Senior Consultant at NTT DATA

The user interface is great. It's very easy to tailor to our client's environment and needs.

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

It's good for local communication with the data center and LAN.

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