As we collectively work through the pandemic, it’s clear that more and more organizations are embracing “hybrid work” as their future – where some employees work in the office, others work from home, and some work fully remote.
While remote and hybrid work will play out differently at every organization, there is one key theme that should be consistent across the board: keeping people safe, regardless of where they choose to work. This requires that organizations thoughtfully plan the IT security of their remote worker’s environments and ensure that protecting their users remains a top priority. Cisco Umbrella can help simplify this evolution for your organization.
Since 2006, Cisco Umbrella has delivered reliable, proven protection. As a pioneer in cloud-native IT security, we deliver continuous innovation to provide a robust feature set to our 24,000+ customers. Additionally, we provide the flexibility to deploy the level of security needed by location and user. We’re constantly striving to deliver the most complete set of security capabilities that offer high security efficacy with less effort and less resources.
Rapidly adding remote IT security innovations
Cisco Umbrella is a core component of Cisco’s SASE architecture which combines networking, security, and observability. Cisco Umbrella integrates multiple components that were once standalone capabilities into a single, cloud-native service including secure web gateway, firewall, DNS-layer security, cloud access security broker and more. Wondering why you should leverage a solution that consolidates multiple security services? The answer is easy. Cisco Umbrella makes it simple and fast for you to roll out effective IT security for all of your remote workers and office locations.
As companies march towards hybrid work, we are dedicated to guiding our customers on their journey and committed to continuously rolling out a new stream of capabilities delivered as a service. Let’s dive into what’s new!
IT security solutions built for the highest protection and best value
Today, we’re excited to announce a brand new package: Cisco Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway Advantage (Cisco Umbrella SIG-A). This comprehensive package features our highest level of protection with industry leading security efficacy. In addition to the capabilities in our existing Cisco Umbrella SIG Essentials package, such as secure web gateway (SWG), layer 3 / 4 cloud firewall, and DNS-layer protection, this new package includes advanced features such as layer 7 firewall with intrusion prevention system (IPS), data loss prevention (DLP), and Cisco Secure Malware Analytics for analyzing file behavior. Let’s take a closer look at each of these components.
Intrusion prevention system (IPS) adds powerful layer of protection
Exploits happen in real time. Organizations must detect them quickly and act immediately. A layered IT security approach is the most effective. Cisco Umbrella’s cloud-delivered firewall layer 3, 4 and 7 (application visibility & control) now includes intrusion prevention system (IPS), a powerful added layer of protection for remote workers, to examine network traffic and to prevent vulnerability exploits. Cisco Umbrella IPS uses the latest Snort 3 technology and signature-based detection from Cisco Talos (40,000+ signatures and growing). Now, with IPS, you can create firewall policies that analyze traffic from requests originating in your organization and take automated actions to catch and drop dangerous packets before they reach their target.
Data loss prevention (DLP) capability blocks sensitive data in real time
Data protection has become more complex as users connect directly to the internet and cloud apps, bypassing traditional on-premises security. Cisco Umbrella’s data loss prevention (DLP) analyzes sensitive data in-line to provide visibility and control over sensitive data leaving your organization. You can enable over 80 pre-built policies to detect specific types of information such as credit card numbers and personally identifiable information. You can also create custom data classifiers for more specific policies.
Cloud malware detection prevents the spread of malware infections
As more business-critical data moves to cloud-based applications, you not only need to control access and use of data, but you also need to make sure that malware does not compromise cloud applications. Cisco Umbrella’s cloud malware detection detects and removes malware from a growing list of cloud file storage applications to prevent the spread of malware infections laterally through your IT network. You can scan cloud file storage repositories for malware and detect potentially malicious files that are uploaded or edited. Once identified, you can take corrective action to quarantine or delete malicious files, and generate reports on usage, potentially compromised accounts, and potential threats within the network.
Cisco Secure Malware Analytics for analyzing file behavior
Because security breaches, even via remote users, can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time, it’s important to reduce time to investigate and shorten response time. Cisco Secure Malware Analytics (formerly known as Threat Grid) combines advanced sandboxing with threat intelligence into one unified solution to protect organizations from malware. By leveraging Cisco Umbrella Investigate (included in the SIG Advantage package) and Cisco Secure Malware Analytics, security analysts can quickly uncover malicious domains, IPs, ASNs, and files to get the most complete view of an attackers’ infrastructure, tactics, and techniques.
These new advanced capabilities greatly expand and deepen Cisco Umbrella’s protection so you can have peace of mind that your users and locations are getting the highest level of protection.