In today’s digital world, we are more connected than ever before. This connectivity has enabled us to generate new opportunities and collaborate in new ways, but it also means that there are more gaps and vulnerabilities that put data at risk.
Organizations need to embrace new technologies and implement strong security measures to avoid falling behind in today’s connected world.
Businesses’ biggest challenges to security resilience
When it comes to protecting employees and customers from cyberthreats, a company’s job is never done; even the most diligent security professionals often feel like they are fighting a losing battle, particularly if they’re facing struggles to staff their teams.
There are a growing number of challenges that businesses face when it comes to security:
Today’s users work everywhere. And if they’re off-network and don’t use the VPN, their devices are vulnerable to malware.
2. Branch offices
Instead of backhauling traffic to corporate, more branch offices now connect directly to the internet, leaving devices and data vulnerable due to insufficient on-site security. As companies shift toward software-defined WAN to reduce MPLS costs and boost performance, cloud-delivered security becomes even more critical.
3. Cloud-based apps
When business units tap innovative cloud services for competitive advantage, they place corporate data outside the perimeter. But you can’t protect what you can’t see.
4. New threats
Today’s security threats are more complex, more numerous, and more dangerous than ever before, especially for already-strapped IT security teams.
When visitors and employees use personal devices to connect on-site, your Wi-Fi can inadvertently open the door to malicious files. Internet of Things (IoT), smart devices and endpoints continue to proliferate, while threats evolve alongside them.
These challenges are faced across all industries, but they impact everyone differently, and attempting to address these challenges individually can cause gaps in security. But there are ways to use technology to make your network safer without slowing it down or making it more complex.
Introducing the secure internet gateway
To address these challenges and provide effective protection for users, security professionals are rethinking how security is delivered.
In a constantly changing global landscape, providing a secure environment for users both on and off the corporate network is a top priority. Solutions must be simple to deploy, extremely effective, have minimal latency, support worldwide deployments, and adhere to the open designs that have made software-as-a-service (SaaS) so successful.
Introducing the Secure Internet Gateway (SIG), a secure internet onramp that allows users to go anywhere on the internet, even when they are off the VPN.
SIG delivers 360-degree protection for cloud, SaaS, branch offices, and endpoints, on and off network. How? By delivering a secure on-ramp to the internet that offers these critical capabilities.
- Protection against threats over all ports and protocols, on and off the corporate network
- Blocking of more threats with deeper inspection of risky traffic—without impacting end users
- Open-platform and bidirectional APIs to integrate with your existing security stack
Cisco Umbrella: The SIG of the future is here today
Cisco Umbrella Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) is a cloud-delivered security service that unifies multiple functions in a single solution that traditionally required multiple on-premises appliances or single function cloud security services. Umbrella empowers organizations to adopt the cloud at their pace and be confident in the security, performance, and reliability of their direct-to-internet connections.
Cisco Umbrella is your first line of defense against potential threats. Anytime and from any location, your users’ internet traffic is routed via Umbrella first, preventing risks from reaching endpoints by blocking connections to sites hosting malware or phishing efforts. Umbrella can help businesses build a foundation of security resilience by providing access to comprehensive cloud-delivered protection across their networks, devices, and applications.
Cisco Umbrella SIG provides protection for the new world
Cisco Umbrella simplifies deployment, configuration, and integration by unifying security functions. It makes it easier to grow to meet the needs of a remote and roaming workforce, shifting network perimeter, and multi-cloud environment.
To learn more about our SIG offerings, download our ebook: Are Secure Web Gateways Outdated? How a Secure Internet Gateway Can Support Your Network Transformation