Roaming users, remote offices with direct internet access, cloud and SaaS applications — today’s workplace needs have evolved beyond the capabilities of traditional perimeter-based security. As the digital perimeter expands outwards it’s important to understand the potential impact this can have on your cyber security and some of the benefits of moving to a cloud based security solution.
Securing your enterprise is no longer just about securing the network. Digital transformation, distributed workplaces, cloud migration, cloud-based apps — these sweeping changes have transformed security. It’s now crucial that you protect users, devices, apps, and data at the point of access. The problem is, centralized security offers limited visibility and protection, multiple standalone solutions are a hassle to monitor and manage, and backhauling traffic to HQ can cause user performance to suffer. There’s a simple solution, however: By integrating and unifying all of your services into a single cloud-based security solution, you can provide the benefit of multi-layered protection against attacks, anywhere your users work, everywhere across your organization.
There’s a simple solution, however: By integrating and unifying all of your services into a single cloud-based security solution, you can provide the benefit of multi-layered protection against attacks, anywhere your users work, everywhere across your organization.
There are several significant benefits of moving to a cloud based security solution
- Because there’s no hardware to work with, setup is a snap. Instead of having to install and configure security at every office and location, you can introduce a cloud-delivered solution across hundreds of users in minutes. Plus, with cloud security, users are always up-to-date with the latest protection — no need for manual updates on your part.
- With multi-function cloud security, you have to ability to deploy only the services you want, then add new protection at your own pace. For instance, you might start with DNS security to rapidly introduce a layer of protection everywhere — then, over time, you might add a firewall, secure web gateway (SWG), or cloud security access broker (CASB) as additional fortification against attacks.
- With cloud security, there’s no longer a perimeter to worry about. Users are protected from attacks inside and outside the office, whether they’re using direct internet access, mobile access, VPN or not. Wherever they go, they get the same consistent protection, and you get the confidence that your security policies are being consistently enforced.
- Just like the protection it provides, cloud security extends visibility across your entire organization, from edge to edge. Now, you can keep up with internet activity across every location, device, and user. Plus, you can monitor, control, and, if necessary, block all the cloud-based applications your users may be taking advantage of.
- Rather than a variety of point solutions you have to monitor and manage, with unified cloud security, you can keep track of all your security all in one place, reducing risk, workload, and the time it takes to respond to threats.
- Instead of backhauling traffic back to headquarters, bring security to the people, ensuring low latency and high user satisfaction.
- Cloud security is ideal for businesses of all sizes. As your business grows, as more users work in more places, as your network expands ever wider, cloud security scales with you, easily extending protection to protect new devices, users, and locations from attack.
It’s becoming increasingly clear that cloud security is a must-have for the way we work today —and where we’re headed in the future. Keep in mind, though, that not all cloud security is created equal. As you begin your search for a cloud security solution, there are some key criteria you’ll want to consider. Look for a service that delivers:
The benefits of a unified cloud security solution
Here’s where Cisco Umbrella comes in. Cisco Umbrella integrates multiple security functions — including DNS-layer, CASB, SWG, and firewall capabilities — into a single cloud-native security solution.
By unifying security, Cisco Umbrella helps reduce the resources required for deployment, configuration, and integration. And, by delivering this functionality from the cloud, you can scale to meet the needs of a remote and roaming workforce, shifting network perimeter, and multi-cloud environment — all while simplifying daily management.
With rock-solid global cloud architecture and industry-leading threat detection backed by Cisco Talos, the largest commercial threat intelligence team in the world, Cisco Umbrella is equipped to bring all the benefits — and all the protection — of cloud security to your users, your team, and your organization.