Depending on their business size or industry, our customers choose Umbrella for vastly different reasons. For example, while a K-12 school district might choose Umbrella as a stand-alone solution for Web filtering and malware protection, large enterprises often deploy Umbrella as part of a deeply-layered security strategy. One of the conversations we frequently have with prospective customers is around how Umbrella fits into these defense-in-depth strategies. That’s why we’re so excited to share the story of how FLEXcon, a leading manufacturing company, is using Umbrella today.
The company, which places heightened focus and importance on its security strategy, had built an extremely fortified network architecture that included unified threat management (UTM) devices, dedicated firewalls and desktop antivirus. However, FLEXcon still had no way of completely preventing malware before it penetrated its network. As a result, the team was still seeing an average of three malware infections each week. While that number may seem trivial, the average end-user downtime per infection was approximately eight hours, and PC techs were continually dragged away from proactive IT projects.
That’s when Chris Marinin, IT Security Analyst at FLEXcon, reached out to other IT professionals he trusted. He received several recommendations that he try out Umbrella, OpenDNS’s line of Internet security services for businesses. Chris told us, “Our layered network security environment is set up so the day-to-day overhead is minimal. We needed to find a way to seal our network with a very low-maintenance solution. Everyone I talked to told me Umbrella by OpenDNS would make the perfect addition to the layered security architecture I was building.”
FLEXcon chose to deploy Umbrella Enterprise because the solution proactively prevents malware before it can enter the network environment. Umbrella blocks malware in two ways: users are prevented from clicking on known malicious links so they can’t download malware, and infected devices are prevented from phoning home to botnet command and control, so botnets are unable to launch malicious tasks. Unlike many Secure Web Gateway appliances that only provide security for HTTP/S traffic, Umbrella uniquely blocks malicious traffic that travels over any port, protocol or application. On average, OpenDNS is now blocking 80,000,000 malware, botnet and phishing-related requests each day.
Chris told us, “We looked at alternative UTM devices, but we really needed something that could stop the threat before it had a chance to enter our network. Umbrella Enterprise has a reputation in the IT community for doing exactly that.” Chris and the FLEXcon team got started on Umbrella through a frictionless free trial, and as Chris explains, “It was crystal clear during our free trial that Umbrella Enterprise works as promised.”
If you’d like to take Umbrella for a spin and see firsthand how the service prevented 6,000 requests for malicious domains, 300 requests for botnet communications and 1,000 requests for proxy/anonymizer sites for FLEXcon in the first month alone, let us know by signing up for a free trial today.