Our backup to Securely
Updated July 08, 2022

Our backup to Securely

Shaun Stockton | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Cisco Umbrella

Currently Cisco Umbrella is being used to web filter our school district. All Windows PCs are set up via DHCP to point to the Cisco Umbrella DNS. This is used as a secondary web filter to Securely. We are mostly a Chrome-based school district and use Securely to filter those. Any device on our network points to Cisco Umbrella DNS.
  • Web filter.
  • Ease of use.
  • Reporting.
  • Nutanix AHV support.
  • Chrome plugin.
  • Interface is not as easy as other products.

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  • Helps keep Cyber insurance.
  • Had to find other solutions for Chromebooks being taken come.
  • Helps keep away malware.
I have not had to use the support myself yet. When the product is set up it runs and works just fine. We occasionally have to add websites to the deny or allow list when issues arise. This is really a pretty simple task.
It is well suited in a Windows environment. So far I have not found a Chromebook plugin. Windows you can install a client if you like. It's great to be able to filter through DNS even for BYOD. So when someone connects to our network DHCP points them to Cisco Umbrella DNS and they are filtered.

Resilience and Reliability

It is a pretty good product. It does what it is supposed to without letting users bypass it. I wouould look into other solutions like firewalls to block the use of VPN to get around Cisco Umbrella. There are other products out there that do the same thing with more or less features, but Cisco is a name you can always count on.
The best insights when implementing is to know your organization. When filter do you want to apply it to all users or group them in different levels so that some have more access to others. What type of websites would you like to block? Know your categories and even if you select a category you can still whitelist a website.
I have never had an issue with the availability of Cisco Umbrella. It is simply Linux installed on a server. If your server goes down then there could be some issues. This is why you would want to setup multiple Cisco Umbrella servers and push them out via DHCP so that if one goes down the device can rely on the others.
We do not have Ciso deeply integrated into any other system. Simply we use the DNS filtering and the Chromebook client. DNS is easily pushed out to devices via our DHCP server. When it comes to Chromebooks the Cisco Umbrella extension can easily be pushed out to via the Google Admin Console.
  • As DNS servers
  • Filtering Chromebooks when not onsite
  • To whitelist sites even when categories are blocked