Three years ago, based on overwhelming demand from our users, we launched OpenDNS Enterprise, a business-focused version of our lightweight consumer Internet security service. The response has been extraordinary.

Today more than 5,000 corporate customers, including some of the largest companies in the world, protect their infrastructure and their users by connecting all of their offices to our global security network. But technology and how we use it advances quickly, and we know security solutions need to adapt, too.

Over the last year we’ve spent a lot of time talking to customers, partners and industry colleagues about a number of topics: The consumerization of IT, the prevalence of smartphones used for work, the shift to cloud-based applications, and an increasingly-hostile threat landscape.

While much has been written about these topics in their present state, we prefer to look towards the future. In thinking about these themes we discovered that the very nature of how work gets done is changing rapidly. The security solutions available today to help companies securely and safely adapt to new ways of working are sorely lacking. As it turns out, good solutions don’t exist.

Today’s worker is increasingly nomadic: Working from home, Starbucks, or on the road. They use an increasing number of devices, and those devices are for both work and personal use. Moreover, many of the fundamental security best practices of the last twenty years, like centrally managed access control, encrypted communication channels, and intrusion detection were not designed for a highly-distributed workforce, accessing cloud services, using myriad devices. In many cases, the security practitioners weren’t even a part of the conversations as more avant-garde companies attempted to accomodate a shift to the cloud and smartphones.

So we put our heads down and got to work.

Next month, we will be launching a powerful new service, built atop the rock-solid foundations and infrastructure OpenDNS has been creating since 2006. It will be focused specifically on helping our current customers and partners (1) adapt to the changing threat landscape and (2) embrace the changing nature of how work gets done.

Between now and our launch I will be sharing some of my thoughts about how we view the changing nature of work, how mobility and increased access to connectivity will change the way we view and address security, and how the security industry will need to change to better help companies maintain visibility, policy and control in a world without well-defined network perimeters.

For good reasons that I’ll soon be sharing with you, we call this new service Umbrella. If you are interested in becoming an early tester, or just finding out when we launch, go ahead and sign up here: http://www.umbrella.com/

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