Cisco Umbrella Primary Use Case

Drake Kapler - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Planning Associate at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We're actually in the process of using this to replace our current web proxies. We use both, side-by-side, at the moment. The plan in the future is to eventually get those replaced with Umbrella so that we can have an overall, overarching proxy either that's based in the cloud or whatever we need. But this currently is our most convenient way of replacing web proxies across all of our locations at our company.

View full review »
Director of Security

In my previous company, there was a gap in being able to put controls on users when they were away from the network. We thought, "Okay, Umbrella can do this for us," and it was at a reasonable cost for our security budget.

View full review »
Tim Woodhouse - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Operations Manager at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

I had implemented Cisco Umbrella at a previous company. I'm now working at another company where I'm not using this solution. We've got another solution here.

The policy of the company was to make sure all outgoing traffic was sent through a filtering service, and OpenDNS, and then Cisco Umbrella, was chosen for that purpose. Once it was taken over by Cisco Umbrella, it had far more capacity and far more functionality written into it. 

In terms of the deployment model, I just used Cisco services. It would be through Cisco's private cloud. My site wasn't big enough. So, I didn't deploy the Cisco service on-premises. 

View full review »
Buyer's Guide
Cisco Umbrella
November 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Umbrella. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2022.
653,584 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Network Security Architect at Lake Trust Credit Union

We use Umbrella to front-end all of our DNS requests and that way they protect any of our end-users from going to any kind of malicious site. It doesn't matter if they're in-house in one of our locations, or if they're remote and working from home. That was the biggest part was the fact that we could protect our end-users, even when they're not in the office.

View full review »
Dan Brunnquell - PeerSpot reviewer
Director Of Information Technology at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

We use Cisco Umbrella to secure our gateway. All of the DNS forwarding coming out of the company from any site or all the DNS requests are forwarded through Cisco Umbrella, and then they determine if that is a safe address and if the content coming back is safe. They will either reject the addressing out of hand, or they'll look at the Layer 7 content and reject that from making it back to us.

We are using the Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) Advantage package. In terms of deployment, effectively, it's deployed from our private cloud. It's in our data closet on our servers.

View full review »
Network Administrator

We use Umbrella to monitor user activity and make sure that our staff isn't clicking on malicious links. We also use it to protect us by being more proactive on links that are already known to cause harm or potential hacks. Overall, it's keeping everything in a safe box.

View full review »
Andraz Piletic - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Solutions Architect at Flint

As a Cisco partner, try to test things on our own before we position the product to our customers or educate partners on it. So, the primary use case was to test things out and to be our own first customer. We started using it internally for our own purposes to secure our access to the internet with Umbrella.

We use Cisco Umbrella to secure internet connectivity and especially to focus on the threats introduced through web browsing. This is because most of the applications the workers use are browser-based.

The traffic, by default, is typically encrypted with HPS, and we use Cisco Umbrella to get more insight into that traffic. The classical security appliances have very low visibility into them. This is where we see Cisco Umbrella have the most traction.

View full review »
Rohan Singh - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultant at KRS Systems

I deployed it as an end-user management solution in a large IT practice, and for our end-users to have secure internet access. I've also advised on it as a consultant for companies wanting to use it to deploy SASE-type solutions.

View full review »
IT Consultant with 501-1,000 employees

One of our purposes for acquiring Umbrella was to block phishing links that we get in emails and to manage risky websites. We're using it for our internal network and the roaming client for external users.

Blocking malicious websites and preventing users from going into them, as well as the phishing attacks that usually come with malicious links, were the challenges. With Umbrella we can block them.

We use it in our Active Directory domain and for about 175 users. We use it on desktop computers and on laptops for external users. It's all on-premises, protecting servers and workstations.

View full review »
Zaigham Abbas - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Security Engineer at a tech vendor with 201-500 employees

We have deployed an on-prem virtual appliance for Active Directory (AD) and user mapping. We have integrated our AD with it as well as all the pre-reqs that come with it.

View full review »
Senior Network Engineer at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Cisco Umbrella for DNS security. We also have the roaming clients deployed on user laptops.

We use it for roaming clients. We also push all our DNS traffic to Umbrella. We do not allow any other DNS traffic. That is kind of how we have fully implemented Umbrella.

We were looking to bridge the gap for DNS security, especially for mobile clients. We wanted to be able to put that roaming client on their PCs and kind of bring that together.

View full review »
Security BDM UK at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I am using it at home for my personal defense. We also use it in our company.

View full review »
IT Architect at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

We have a centralized security policy. For the end user traffic from the firewall to go out to the Internet, it traverses through the secure SD-WAN going back to the data center. It passes a lot of proxies, firewalls, and different security checks. Hence, there are some performance issues. Therefore, we asked Cisco to come in and see if there were any products that could improve this situation for the local Internet breakout, and this was the solution that they brought to the table.

We have a remote location that uses Viptela SD-WAN in conjunction with Umbrella.

View full review »
Solutions Architect at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are using this solution for DNS filtering to try and make sure that users do not make ill-advised clicks and find themselves in harm's way. Once we started to implement it, we realized that just putting Cisco Umbrella appliances on the company's network was not good enough. The notebooks travel and the risk factor travels. We switched over and for some time now, we have deployed it predominantly on roaming clients.

View full review »
Vice President Information Security & Compliance at a tech vendor with 1,001-5,000 employees

One of the main use cases of Cisco Umbrella kicked in during the COVID pandemic, as a SASE deployment—secure access, secure edge. Most of the users within a company started working from outside the company and that is when Umbrella became deployed a lot.

View full review »
Walter Poole - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at Infinite Energy Center

In general, we use it for the security of our network.

View full review »
Network Engineer & Security Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is similar to a web security appliance. However, it is like filtering on a cloud base, not on-premise. Basically, it is not fully mature, which means it's not yet ready to replace the WSA, however, over a period of time, it could to a certain extent. It's a cloud solution to protect against fake domain IDs. It can be your filtering solution and can also do a few other things with the other features on it.

View full review »
Network Manager at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

We are using it for user navigation. We have another solution for the server, and Umbrella is used for the people in the company for web access and security purposes. It helps to avoid security problems and authorize different types of access to the users for different web services. 

View full review »
Dustin Funkhouser - PeerSpot reviewer
Network and security at Education Service Center - Region 11

We use it to protect our users from getting to any known bad domains.

View full review »
Jessica Boutin - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Network Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We were looking to solve multiple challenges, from DLP all the way through to regular content filtering offsite for our hybrid and remote employees.

View full review »
Michael Abadeer - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Security Operations Manager at BeyondTrust

We use it for DNS filtration across all data centers, offices, and remote users.

View full review »
Samuel-Emesoronye - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Architect at Signal Allinace

We are using the most updated version, although I cannot definitively give the number. I believe it is 1.6. 

View full review »
Team Lead Network Infrastructure at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

We are service providers for all Cisco products.

We have contracted a couple of schools for a proof of concept for the customers who purchase Cisco Umbrella. We have also deployed it to virtual machines in the customer's environment.

We have also deployed Active Directory connectors, and we have directed the customer's traffic towards Cisco Umbrella and their DNS Service.

We have also monitored and provided a course for the customers.

This product can be used for DNS security. DNS security basically provides protection because Cisco thinks that 90% of the attacks come from DNS. So, they warn us that if customers protect the DNS, then they are 90% secure. 

Instead of resolving their domains through normal global DNS servers, this solution provides security.

Cisco Umbrella grades all of the domains that are present in its own grading and specifies which are malicious, which are whitelisted, which are not safe, which domains have recently been, and which show some spike in the graph that sometimes they come up and suddenly they go offline.

View full review »
John Okunade - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Support Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are using Cisco Umbrella temporarily for DNS security, but we want to migrate to secure the internet gateway, which is what we are working on at the moment.

View full review »
Network security consultant at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It's usually used for DNS security, to block malicious websites and URLs, and for URL filtration.

View full review »
Project Delivery Coordinator at a media company with 201-500 employees

We are resellers of Cisco. We provide many different Cisco solutions. Sometimes it is just the physical hardware, although we also implement software.

View full review »
Francisco Cano - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The solution is for filtering web content. We can control user access to applications as well as have visibility into Internet usage.

We are using it on approximately 300 servers. The solution is deployed across three departments. There are about 8,000 users.

View full review »
Consultant at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The customers that we provide this solution to are small businesses that have 10 to 25 employees.

Employees working from home normally don't have security, so through the cloud we can manage the devices, the endpoints, a mobile or notebook, etc. We can provide more security for these devices when the employee is not working on VPN, for example.

View full review »
SUDIPTABISWAS - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager - Information Technology at Emami Ltd

We use it to control how the end users can access our data center services and internet services, which gives us an inner view of the user behavior and how they are doing, and if any malicious activity is going on, knowingly, unknowingly, or both.

View full review »
Network Consultant at a security firm with 51-200 employees

We have small, medium and enterprise customers.

View full review »
General Manager at a mining and metals company with 10,001+ employees

We use Cisco Umbrella in our clients' companies.

View full review »
Nestor Raul Quintana Martinez - PeerSpot reviewer
Consultor en Seguridad de la Información at ISS

The Cisco Umbrella solution offers protection to everyone that will be connected to the internet because Umbrella provides a DNS-layer of security. When someone connects to the internet or they set up the DNS service, that person will use the Umbrella service and the extra layer of Umbrella. All their traits are to be located before they get to the device that the person is using to connect to the internet.

View full review »
Spider Solutions CTO at a security firm with 11-50 employees

We use Cisco Umbrella for protecting the web surfing channel.

When users are accessing the internet, mainly for web surfing,  Umbrella will protect the access to the internet.

View full review »
Head of Business Solutions, UK&I at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

We use it to provide cloud-based security services for our customers.

View full review »
Director at

We use Cisco Umbrella for monitoring and more.

View full review »
Buyer's Guide
Cisco Umbrella
November 2022
Learn what your peers think about Cisco Umbrella. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: November 2022.
653,584 professionals have used our research since 2012.