In a world where threats to your network are becoming more numerous and more sophisticated, it’s important to maintain security policies that can be enforced across all of your users on all of their devices. For many organizations, that coverage has come at the expense of slow connections, limited mobility, or productivity. Last week, Product Manager Scott Cressman hosted a webcast demonstrating how IT departments can use Umbrella to provide effective security—without the tradeoffs. If you missed the live broadcast, you can view the recording, and see answers to the most popular questions below.

Security Without Sacrifices

1. How can I ensure that a user can’t get around the policies I configure in Umbrella?

Because Umbrella applies security to DNS requests, policies are enforced regardless of the application, port, or protocol making a connection. To make sure users can’t resolve domains using an alternative DNS service, block all traffic from port 53 except for traffic directed at our DNS servers.

2. Does it interfere with desktop antivirus software?

Umbrella protects your users by preventing malware and other threats from entering the network through the Internet. Our technology is designed to prevent and contain threats before they reach endpoint devices, but Umbrella is fully compatible with layered security deployments and will work with any vendor’s desktop antivirus software.

3. How much does Umbrella slow down the connections?

Unlike a physical security appliance which introduces a bottleneck through which all network traffic must pass, or VPNs which backhaul all traffic to the corporate network, Umbrella security adds zero latency to your network. Our cloud-delivered security is built on a core Internet protocol and applies policies directly to every DNS request originating from a protected network or device.

4. How do we protect mobile users working with notebooks, tablets, and mobile devices?

Umbrella can provide security to endpoint devices even when they are taken outside of your organization’s network. With Umbrella Roaming, a lightweight agent on each device directs all Internet traffic to use our DNS servers, so your policies are enforced anytime, anywhere. With Umbrella Mobility, a VPN profile can be applied to protect your iOS devices in the same way.

5. Do you have a trial version?

Yes, we do offer comprehensive free trials. As a cloud-based service, there is no hardware to install or software to download. Umbrella is simple enough to deploy in just a few minutes.

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