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By Alexei Balaganski

Next-Generation Enterprise Security Delivered from the Cloud: Addressing Modern Cyber Threats with Cisco Umbrella

As businesses embrace the Digital Transformation and become increasingly cloud-native, mobile and interconnected, the corporate network perimeter is gradually disappearing, exposing users to malware, ransomware, and other cyber threats. Traditional perimeter security tools no longer provide adequate visibility, threat protection, and scalability, nor can they offer convenience and productivity for users on the go. There is a need for the next-generation enterprise security solutions delivered from the cloud.

1 Introduction

Modern businesses are operating in a rapidly changing global environment. Agility becomes the key capability to be able to adapt to new technologies, ...

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2 Highlights

  • In the past, all corporate assets, applications, and sensitive data were kept safe behind the corporate network perimeter. Modern IT infrastructures ...
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3 Cybersecurity Challenges for Modern Enterprises

The proverbial Digital Transformation has left a profound impact on our whole society. Such groundbreaking technologies as cloud computing, mobile dev ...

Figure 1: Typical IT infrastructure of a modern enterprise

What just a decade ago was seen as an impenetrable castle wall surrounding all the corporate workstations, applications, and sensitive data, nowadays ...

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3.1 Extending Beyond the Perimeter

Protecting corporate resources in such a deperimeterized company with a large mobile workforce is becoming a task that traditional security tools are ...

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3.2 Data Loss Prevention

Protection from external threats, however, is not the only challenge in a heterogeneous and deperimeterized IT environment. Recent studies clearly ind ...

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3.3 Cloud Compliance and Shadow IT

Embracing the use of cloud apps and services brings multiple benefits in terms of flexibility and cost reduction, but it leaves a substantial part of ...

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4 Security from the Cloud: Capabilities and Challenges

The exponential adoption rate of cloud services clearly shows that such obvious business benefits of Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions as quick s ...

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4.1 Potential Challenges

However, choosing the right cloud-based security solution is not a trivial task. One has to consider their potential drawbacks as well and look for se ...

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4.2 Key Capabilities

Let’s summarize the key functional capabilities of a Security Cloud that customers should be looking for when selecting the best solution for their ...

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5 Cisco Umbrella: The First Line of Defense

Cisco Umbrella is a secure internet gateway that provides the first line of defense against threats on the internet wherever users go. It provides vis ...

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5.1 Cisco Umbrella Platform Overview

Cisco Umbrella is a global, large-scale security cloud comprising 30 datacenters across all continents. Through over 800 peering partnerships with top ...

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5.2 Extending Protection Beyond the Perimeter

From the ground up, the Umbrella platform was built with a bi-directional API to support integrations with other systems including specialized securit ...

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5.3 Additional Capabilities

To address different requirements of companies of various sizes and budgets, Cisco offers several packages of Umbrella ranging from Professional aimed ...

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6 Recommendations

The rapid adoption of cloud services and increasingly mobile workforces employed by modern businesses have profoundly changed their way they operate. ...

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