Throughout history, humankind has strived to make things more efficient and create ease-of-use for all aspects of life. While this drive and mentality has created amazing advancements in technology, it has also created more avenues for malicious activity to exploit these new forms of technology.
More time spend online means more vulnerability
One of the greatest examples of technology advancements is the digital age we now live in. With the boom in eCommerce in combination with increased internet use, users, consumers and business’ data are at tremendous risk. Mary Meeker’s 2018 Internet Trends report says that on average an adult spends 5.9 hours online per day. Combine that information with the estimated 18.5 million malware infected websites on any given time and the level of risk starts to become clear, and undeniably frightening
Traditionally, organizations have tried to combat this risk by implementing URL filtering and VPN connectivity for remote users. However, to go back to my first statement on human nature, this methodology is under pressure to change based on how people work today.
Added layers of security are needed
With more and more users working from home and the increase in Web-based applications, an additional layer of security needs to be added on top of our traditional URL filtering practice. This layer is OPENDNS (or DNS-Security) that provides a security intelligence layer which strengthens the traditional URL policy layer.
Umbrella, Cisco’s DNS-Security solution uses internet infrastructure itself to protect against malicious and unwanted domains, IP addresses, and cloud applications before a connection to the web is ever even created. Now tie that level of protection with threat intelligence from Cisco Talos, one of the largest commercial threat intelligent sources in the world, as well as multiple private threat feeds, and now you have the largest threat intelligence pool In the world.
By tying this level of protection and intelligence, Cisco Umbrella can process and enforce seven (7) million malicious domains and IP’s; as well as identify 60,000+ new malicious destinations daily.
- Has the intelligence to uncover current and emerging threat
- Provides the visibility across devices, ports, and cloud services
- Protects data by preventing phishing, malware and ransomware attacks.