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Well suited to networks that include Active directory, as you can hook it into the directory to allow you to target specific users and computers. Not particularly well suited to personal users due to the price point, and also not well suited to organisations with disorganised IT, since the system can be bypassed simply by changing the DNS server of the device. You need a dedicated IT department to ensure these sorts of settings are locked down
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Licensing is incredibly easy to renew - and to adjust based on usage. The interface of cloud-based management is fantastic and easy to navigate as well. Syncs up with Active Directory to get users/security groups and such for easily differentiating policies to various users. Being able to pinpoint exactly where a threat infiltrated a system (what it talked to once it did so) is a massive feature in responding to online threats. Depending on deployment size - the cost could be an issue for some smaller organizations.
Read full review Pros Cisco Umbrella protects our devices and users from malicious sites of all kinds. Cisco Umbrella allows us to add additional web site types we may want to block for specific users. Cisco Umbrella keeps the list of sites blocked current by utilizing data from their entire security platform. Read full review File protection and Recovery Blocks exploits to deny attackers Malware Detection Read full review Cons Umbrella Virtual Appliances have been buggy in resolving local domain hosts. Integration between other Cisco and Meraki products is complicated. Reporting is not always accurate; for example, if you configure a Meraki access point to use an Umbrella Virtual Appliance, you lose device reporting. All reporting shows up under the AP's IP. Read full review Takes time to deploy and keep updated Resource heavy application when running Read full review Likelihood to Renew
First off I never give anything a "10" unless it's perfect. LOL - I grade on the curve. I think OpenDNS/Umbrella is a very good product. I think that fact that Cisco absorbed them is one of the proofs of that. I have used the product back when it was free for companies our size. I have not always appreciated the cost - but in the post pandemic cyber chaos, I believe the cost benefit ratio is still very high. I have honestly not looked at other products because Umbrella continues to work to my satisfaction. I consider Umbrella to be one of the key layers in my cyber security strategy.
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Better features and easy to manage system with great customer support and overall usability is great as it works for hybrid environment with ease as it is having features for on prem users as wells as cloud users with great customer support and great team of trained engineers to support our opeartions.
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Cisco Umbrella's availability was great, they got back to me in less than an hour to get my problem solved.
We needed to get our Meraki AP's hooked up to Cisco Umbrella to monitor that specific traffic and they got back to me promptly, they guided me and explained every question I had.
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We have not had a chance to use Cisco support frequently, but when we needed to troubleshoot some issues that we were having with the agent installation, the support was very responsive and the solution that they offered worked. The only reason I give it one less point is that the turnaround time for non-critical issues is very long.
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Quite easy to understand training modules prepared by knowledgeable trainers.
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The implementation just required us a bit of study because there are a lot of options and configurations available. I believe that the interface could be a bit better, but it works fine. We did an initial setup and only need to do changes when a new demand appears. Other than that, we just keep it running.
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We used a product before this called iPrism by EdgeWave and also briefly tried Barracuda Web Security in the cloud. We were having such a large influx of service desk calls about proxy-based layer 7 web filters that we wanted to step back and pick something more at the DNS level, to protect our employees but not hover over their social media use, etc. Cisco will also employ a layer 7 proxy if a site is suspicious, which does require us to push a certificate out should we want that feature. For most policies we have it enabled.
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Does a great job protecting our systems. Email security has more features and easy to manage. You don't have to have your own server to run the endpoint security. Auto updates the endpoint and servers. With a Managed detect response team that does human threat hunting. Overall an awesome product.
Read full review Return on Investment Positive ROI when the service keeps users from going to malicious websites. We had it deployed while users were internal and external with the AnyConnect Umbrella module so our protection was both on and off the corporate network. Great product. Has paid for itself two time over. Read full review It has protected us from a ransomware attack. Centralized management has saved us time. It takes more time to install than others. Read full review ScreenShots