Securing Business Environments with Cisco Umbrella

In today’s digital age, organizations are embracing a new approach called Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) to meet their cybersecurity needs. This shift is driven by the increasing use of cloud applications, remote work, and branch offices. The old way of relying on a centralized, on-premises security model is no longer practical. Instead, organizations are opting for a decentralized approach that allows direct internet access, bringing benefits like cost savings and better performance. However, this change also brings new security challenges. To address these challenges, organizations need a comprehensive strategy that improves security and simplifies management. In this article, you’ll learn about the importance of cloud security and how Cisco Umbrella can protect your critical areas like emails, online traffic, and user identities.

Integrated Security from the Cloud with Cisco Umbrella 

Cisco Umbrella serves as the cloud-native, multi-function security solution at the heart of Cisco’s SASE architecture. It integrates a firewall, secure web gateway, DNS-layer security, cloud access security broker (CASB), and threat intelligence solutions into a single cloud security service, providing a powerful cybersecurity tool for businesses of all sizes to secure their network. As more organizations embrace direct internet access, Cisco Umbrella makes it simple to extend protection to roaming users and branch offices.

The primary cloud security challenges that organizations face today include: 

Gaps in visibility and coverage

The volume and complexity of security tools

Limited budgets and security resources

Leveraging Intelligence for Robust Security 

Cisco Umbrella leverages insights from Cisco Talos, one of the world’s most extensive commercial threat intelligence teams. With over 400 researchers, Cisco Umbrella uncovers and blocks a broad array of malicious domains, IPs, URLs, and files used in cyberattacks. It also ingests massive volumes of global internet activity into both statistical and machine learning models, helping to identify new threats being staged on the internet.

Cisco Umbrella, a Cloud Security solution.

Simple and Effective Malware Blocking 

Cisco Umbrella, integrated within the foundation of the internet, processes 620 billion internet requests for over 24,000 businesses daily. By enforcing security at the DNS layer, Cisco Umbrella prevents requests to malware, ransomware, phishing, and botnets before a connection is established, keeping these threats far from your network or endpoints. The secure web gateway offers more extensive transparency, control, and protection by logging and inspecting all web traffic. The cloud-delivered firewall helps log and block traffic using IP, port, and protocol rules, ensuring consistent enforcement throughout your environment. 

Accelerating and Enhancing Incident Response 

Cisco Umbrella simplifies your investigation process and reduces incident response times by categorizing and retaining all internet activity. With the Cisco Umbrella Investigate console and on-demand enrichment API, you gain access to historical and contextual insights that can help prioritize incidents and accelerate incident response. Cisco SecureX, included with all Cisco Umbrella subscriptions, allows you to speed up threat investigation and remediation by unifying Umbrella’s threat intelligence with other Cisco Security products and your existing security infrastructure. Automated response actions eliminate manual tasks and stop attacks earlier in the process, greatly simplifying your security operations. 

Ardent Networks together with Cisco Umbrella, provides an integrated, efficient, and effective solution for the cybersecurity challenges faced by organizations today. By leveraging leading-edge cloud security technology and threat intelligence, we deliver a robust cybersecurity posture for businesses of all sizes, helping them navigate the complex digital landscape safely. 

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