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"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.""I haven't found any issues related to latency or any other issue.""Overall, it is a very good solution. It is a simple solution and very easy to set up.""It's very stable, reliable and does its job.""Helps block personal email accounts.""The initial setup is very easy and takes only a few minutes.""The most valuable features of this solution are the Web Filtering and the APT.""Provides dependable DNS monitoring of external devices."

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"Better logging allows us to find problems and take appropriate steps to lock them out.""The feature that helps us in detecting the sensitive information being shared has been very useful. In addition, the feature that allows MCAS to apply policies with SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive is being used predominantly.""The ability to prevent users from using certain applications is one of the most valuable features. It doesn't require any configuration for implementation from the client perspective. It just works right away and gives you the information you need.""The most valuable feature is the ease of management. It's important.""There are a lot of features with benefits, including discovery, investigation, and putting controls around things. You can't say that you like the investigation part but not the discovery. Everything is correlated; that's how the tool works.""It is very easy to use, which is what we look for in these types of solutions.""We have become more aware of what services our users are using, how often they are using them, and what data is being sent out of the organization and to which services. So, it is really a lot about visibility and helping us make decisions based on that. It drives some of our policy decisions for adding extra security controls.""All of the features are valuable because all of the features are related."

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"I would like to see more integration between Cisco Umbrella and Cisco DNA Center.""There are cheaper solutions in the market""One of the issues with Umbrella is as you get into endpoint detection and response, such as EDR point solutions, some of them will not integrate well with Umbrella. Sometimes when you want to use technology, such as Always On VPN, it will not work. There are some looming issues as one type of technology starts to crossover with Umbrella. That is the challenge and Umbrella should find a way to be more compatible with some of the endpoint response solutions that are coming out on the market.""It should have more integrations with multiple end user OEMs.""Looking at the full umbrella suite in the light of SASE, Secure Access Service Edge, they are clearly lacking in the inline CASB.""They need to improve analytics so they report on more of the specifics of user activity.""If the security issues are taken care of it would be better.""I would like to see more integrability with other products."

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"Generally, the pricing can always be improved along with the management system.""There are challenges with detection and there are challenges with false-positive rates.""In the future, I would like to see more plug-and-play capabilities that use AI to tell you what needs to be done. It would be helpful if it scanned our devices and made security suggestions, on a configuration basis.""The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better.""They should continue integration with all other Microsoft security-related products. The integration with all the other products is still ongoing.""Currently, reporting is not very straightforward and it needs to be enhanced. Specific reports are not included and you need to run a query, drill down, and then export it and share it. I would love to have reports with more fine-tuning or granularity, and more predefined reports.""I believe it's only set to be integrated with Microsoft Defender for identity and identity protection. I would like to see it available for use with something like Office 365 Defender. I don't think it's integrated with that yet.""The response time could be better. It will be helpful if the alerts are even more proactive and we can see more data. Currently, the data is a little bit weak. It is not complete. I can't just see it and completely know which user or which device it is. It takes some effort and time on my part to investigate and isolate a user. It would be great if it is more user-friendly or easy for people to understand."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"There are three models for licensing with different feature sets.""When talking about Cisco solutions in general there pricing model is horrible. For example, you can sell a Meraki-based solution, but if the customer starts shopping around, someone is going to have access to the pricing at a level that you cannot compete because they do not have uniform pricing. Not everybody gets fair pricing. Unless you are one of the real major corporations selling the solution your ability to compete is impossible. Cisco will acknowledge the situation and assure you next time it will be in your favor but it never becomes favorable for you. Cisco is not very good in this regard. However, Umbrella is good.""It has a reasonable price. It is certainly not as expensive as it used to be. It is in line with other offerings on the market. There are a number of different flavors of Umbrella. They could bring Umbrella SIG down a bit because its price is a little bit high for what it does, but I also understand why its price is high.""The price is quite good.""I am not sure, I don't have the numbers in front of me, but I think it's $1.00 or so per device/month.""Pricing depends on the automation requirements of the organization.""In the region I'm from, that of EMAR, Europe, the Middle East, Eastern Asia and Africa, our organizations do not have many liquid cash assets, so the price could be better.""The price could be lower."

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"This product is not expensive.""I'm not totally involved in the pricing part, but I think its pricing is quite aggressive, and its price is quite similar to Netskope. Netskope has separate licensing fees or additional charges if you want to monitor certain SaaS services, whereas, with MCAS, you get 5,000 applications with their Office 365. It is all bundled, and there's no cost for using that. You only have the operational costs. In the country I am in, it is a bit difficult to get people with the required skill sets.""The pricing is a little bit high but right now, we are okay with it because of the compatibility with Office 365, Teams, and Azure AD.""Our clients normally use the Microsoft E1 licensing, which is renewed yearly.""We have an educational licensing agreement. It's a customer agreement for multiple years.""Its pricing is on the higher side. Its price is definitely very high for a small-scale company. As an enterprise client, we do get benefits from Microsoft. We get a discounted price because of the number of users we have in our company. We have a premier package, and with that, we do get a lot of discounts. There are no additional costs. It only comes in the top-tier packages. Generally, the top-tier license is the best license that you can get for your organization. If you want, you can buy it separately, but that's not a good idea."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer:  Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried. Zscaler Internet Access is a good option for carrying out multiple security… more »
Top Answer: Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native solution, unifying multiple features like DNS-layer security, threat… more »
Top Answer: I like that it integrates with the infrastructure. I also like the kind of data and intelligence that's built-in. It helps create innovative reports for security.
Top Answer: The solution does not affect a user's workflow.
Top Answer: I've worked with almost eight to 10 customers using Cloud App Security. This is Microsoft Cloud App Security. Cloud App Security has two offerings. One is Office 365 Cloud App Security, which is a… more »
Top Answer: The integration with macOS operating systems needs to be better. The Cloud App Security integrates with Windows Defender for Endpoint, which is able to monitor the traffic from Windows 10 operating… more »
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Also Known As
OpenDNS
MS Cloud App Security, Microsoft Cloud App Security
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Overview

OpenDNS provides easy-to-implement Internet navigation and Web security solutions for families, schools, governmental organizations and businesses of all sizes. The services provided by OpenDNS increase the speed of navigating websites and prevent unintended access to phishing and malware sites as well as to any Web content that you configure to be restricted.   

Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is a cloud access security broker (CASB) that provides multifunction visibility, control over data travel, and sophisticated analytics. With Microsoft Cloud App Security, you can: 

- Manage, control, and audit apps to streamline cloud access security

- Mange your access to resources to discover shadow IT and understand your digital information estate

- Use real-time controls to enable threat protection on all the access points that touch your environment

To learn more about our solution, ask questions, and share feedback, join our Microsoft Security, Compliance and Identity Community.

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Sample Customers
Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
Customers for Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps include Accenture, St. Luke’s University Health Network, Ansell, and Nakilat.
Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm16%
Consumer Goods Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Security Firm6%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider27%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm6%
Government5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company28%
Comms Service Provider22%
Financial Services Firm7%
Government6%
Company Size
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Small Business39%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise36%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business16%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise64%
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Small Business8%
Midsize Enterprise54%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Umbrella vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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Cisco Umbrella is ranked 1st in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 31 reviews while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is ranked 2nd in Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) with 12 reviews. Cisco Umbrella is rated 8.4, while Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Cisco Umbrella writes "Segmenting email and web proxy features stand out but missing pieces leave holes to be filled". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps writes "Integrates well and helps us in protecting sensitive information, but takes time to scan and apply the policies and cannot detect everything we need". Cisco Umbrella is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Infoblox Advanced DNS Protection, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, Palo Alto Networks DNS Security and Fortinet FortiGate SWG, whereas Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps is most compared with Zscaler Internet Access, Netskope CASB, Prisma SaaS by Palo Alto Networks, McAfee MVISION Cloud and Symantec CloudSOC CASB. See our Cisco Umbrella vs. Microsoft Defender for Cloud Apps report.

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