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"It is a good cloud-based solution for DNS security.""Cisco Umbrella is a totally different solution. They are the first to come up with this idea of security. It's a totally new concept of security for everybody, for every time, real time, perfectionism.""Helps block personal email accounts.""The initial setup is very easy and takes only a few minutes.""I like the DNS layer security.""Application performance has greatly improved and there are less operational issues. Productivity has been going up because we have less operational issues. Also, we have happy customers.""Stability-wise, it's good. I have never encountered any bugs.""Cisco Umbrella is absolutely stable."

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"Cloudflare, in my opinion, was easy to implement."

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"Perimeter 81 provides a very secure and non-disruptive experience.""The solution provides us with an easy way to configure and join the VPN with Perimeter 81.""Perimeter 81 is very pretty.""The benefits are really built into the underlying protocol, however, Perimeter81 makes these available in a user-friendly way.""It helps to quickly get access to the pages I need.""Their split tunneling feature has been very valuable to our company since implementing the Perimeter 81 solution.""It keeps us all accountable and ensures secure internet connections while we all work remotely.""It connects quickly and stays connected. The user interface is pretty neat too. The app has in-house support with user guides that give you step-by-step walkthroughs on navigating the app. In addition, there is a live chat feature that offers prompt assistance on the go."

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"The API is very Cisco orientated, which is absolutely fine if you're using Cisco Firepower and SecureX kind of products, but if you want to integrate with third parties, it is a bit tricky. There are some key API connectors for the more prevalent SIEM tools. I would really like to see in Cisco Umbrella the ability to create customized reports and then assign the rights to view these reports to people within a group. I should be able to create a customized report, which is viewable by anybody who has the rights. I should be able to create groups within Cisco Umbrella, and then assign reports to groups and have those reports split out automatically only to those groups. I can kind of do it by restricting my email list, but it is a half-complete way of doing it.""Its on-prem rollout is quite challenging. It needs better coordination with the Internet Service Provider. It is a cloud-based solution, and any endpoint that connects to it has to go through all the gateway ISPs, but some of the ISPs block HTTPS-based DNS. That's where the challenge occurs with Umbrella.""One of the issues with Umbrella is as you get into endpoint detection and response, such as EDR point solutions, some of them will not integrate well with Umbrella. Sometimes when you want to use technology, such as Always On VPN, it will not work. There are some looming issues as one type of technology starts to crossover with Umbrella. That is the challenge and Umbrella should find a way to be more compatible with some of the endpoint response solutions that are coming out on the market.""The integration with other solutions is a little complex. If you want to integrate with something like ArcSight or LogRhythm or Splunk, you need to do a lot of configuration. There are no easy ways to implement it.""The pricing could always be a little bit better.""It would be better if there was a little bit of flexibility for organizations that don't have SD One in their environment. Because of the complexity of the environment, it's not easy to actually turn on the feature of the secure internet gateway for our users. We have not been able to explore that option yet.""I think it's a very basic solution, and because of that, Cisco Umbrella would not be a suitable solution for large companies.""If the security issues are taken care of it would be better."

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"The pricing is an area that can be improved. Pricing, as far as I recall, was the source of our problems."

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"What would be useful would be a notification/warning that a session is due to timeout after exceeding the default connection limit.""If I were to be nitpicky, I would ask that Perimeter 81 offer the option for us to change the color of the graphical user interface, like maybe pink or green or so on.""There is a very small amount of downtime.""I have found that the log-in/out process takes quite some time.""I don't know if it is technically feasible, however, if the Desktop App could be used as a Web App or a Chrome Extension it would be very nice.""I would suggest adding more networking and security features that allow more customization within their platform.""I'd love to learn more about all of the features. Maybe a monthly spotlight of features or having a banner that explains more ways certain features could be used would be helpful.""Currently, I am not able to define a different country or location, which can result in negative experiences as the tool is being recognized by websites and this can make it difficult to access them or force me to disable the program temporarily."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Cisco uses subscription models for the pricing and there are three subscription plans."
  • "The licensing part for Umbrella is really flexible."
  • "There are three models for licensing with different feature sets."
  • "I think it's worth the money."
  • "The price of Cisco Umbrella is a little higher than similar solutions, like Gateway."
  • "The price should be slightly lower than the current price because if you look at the whole solution, it is simply a threat intelligence solution to block blacklisted things. The price should be lower looking at the features provided by the solution. The price isn't too high either, but it could be lower."
  • "There is a subscription cost."
  • "The price could be lower."
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  • "The prices are slightly expensive."
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  • "Overall I am very happy with the solution’s flexibility and pricing."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer: Cisco Umbrella and Zscaler Internet Access are two broad-spectrum Internet security solutions that I have tried.… more »
    Top Answer:Cisco Umbrella is an integral component of the Cisco SASE architecture. It integrates security in a single, cloud-native… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features for us include tenant lock, content filtering, and DLP solutions, looking for PII and… more »
    Top Answer:Cloudflare, in my opinion, was easy to implement.
    Top Answer:The pricing is an area that can be improved. Pricing, as far as I recall, was the source of our problems.
    Top Answer:Their split tunneling feature has been very valuable to our company since implementing the Perimeter 81 solution.
    Top Answer:Overall I am very happy with the solution’s flexibility and pricing. Very fair dissolution for the price I am paying.
    Top Answer:I would suggest adding more networking and security features that allow more customization within their platform. So… more »
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    Cisco Umbrella offers flexible, cloud-delivered security according to users’ requirements Cisco Umbrella includes secure web gateway, firewall, and cloud access security broker (CASB) functionality all delivered from a single cloud security service. Cisco Umbrella’s protection is extended to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere. As company employees work from many locations and devices, Cisco Umbrella is the easiest way to effectively protect users everywhere in minutes.

    Cisco Umbrella uses machine learning to search for, identify, and even predict malicious domains. By learning from internet activity patterns, this DNS-layer security solution can automatically identify attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat. These domains are then proactively blocked, protecting networks from potential compromise. Cisco Umbrella analyzes terabytes of data in real time across all markets, geographies, and protocols.

    Cisco Umbrella works with leading IT companies to integrate its security enforcement and intelligence. Built with a bidirectional API, Cisco Umbrella makes it easy to extend protection from on-premises security appliances to cloud controlled devices and sites.

    Cisco Umbrella is suitable for small businesses without dedicated security professionals, as well as for multinational enterprises with complex environments.

    Why use Cisco Umbrella?

    • Simplify security management: Cisco Umbrella is the fastest and easiest way to protect all users within minutes and reduces the number of infections and alerts sent from other security products by stopping threats at the earliest point. With no hardware to install and no software to manually update, ongoing management is simple

    • Reliable reporting: Cisco Umbrella reports show activity for each device or network in the system. Users gain a more complete picture of the security risks facing their organization and can take action to remedy them.

    • Manage and control cloud apps: Umbrella provides visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services in use across the enterprise. Users can uncover new services being used, see who is using them, identify potential risk, and block specific applications easily.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Cisco Umbrella stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Some of the major ones are its DNS-based protection, ability to protect users no matter where they are located, stability, and high performance.

    Daniel B., a network specialist at Syswind Kft, writes, “We primarily use the solution as cloud security for our branches. It protects us from direct internet outbreaks. It makes for good flexibility. The solution is very easy to manage. We found the initial setup, for example, to be quite simple. Efficient protection on the DNS level and even higher. The sandboxing feature analyses and handles the complicated security risks.”

    Victor M., SOC & Security Services Director at BEST, notes, “It provides security for the remote workers and it helps to improve enterprise security in a very easy way. We mainly enjoy web software protection capabilities. It prevents the end-users from getting into bad sites or sites that potentially could have malware or could be phishing. It helps end-users avoid the wrong sites. The solution works very smoothly. The user interface is good.”

    Secure, authenticate, and monitor user access to any domain, application, or path on Cloudflare.

    Quickly apply application-level user access permissions using existing single sign-on providers.

    Ensure compliance using real-time access logs available in the dashboard, API, or using a SIEM.

    What is Perimeter 81?

    Perimeter 81 is a leading network cybersecurity solution offering secure remote access and network capabilities managed over a multi-tenant cloud and highly scalable for organizations worldwide. From small businesses to large enterprises, Perimeter 81 is the go-to network security solution for thousands of companies. Perimeter 81 seamlessly integrates with major cloud service providers (Azure, AWS, GCP), enabling you to secure resources in the cloud and on-premises.

    With Perimeter 81, you can easily move your resources to the cloud, manage team member access from anywhere and gain network visibility in an all-in-one cloud management portal. With features like Firewall as a Service, Device Posture Check, Web Filtering and more, you can secure and manage your network in just a few clicks.

    Why Perimeter 81?

    • Features you can rely on: Perimeter 81 offers all the essential cybersecurity tools you need to protect your organization. With Zero Trust Network Access, Firewall as a Service, Device Posture Check, and many more features, Perimeter 81 allows remote and on-site users to access networks safely and securely.

    • Lightning-fast deployment: Say goodbye to hours of configuration and manal setup. With Perimeter 81, you can have your entire network deployed in minutes - it’s that simple.

    • Network monitoring at your fingertips: Having visibility into your network is key. With Perimeter 81, you can fully monitor and secure your organization’s most valuable resources from a single dashboard.
    • World class support: Our award-winning support team is always here for you. From the moment you set up your network, we’re happy to help with anything you need along the way.

    Join Perimeter 81 on a mission to radically simplify the network security experience!

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    Sample Customers
    Chart Industries, City of Aspen, Eastern Mountain Sports, FLEXcon, George Washington University, Jackson Municipal Airport Authority, Ohio Public Library Information Network, PTC, Richland Community College, Smart Motors, Tulane University, VeriClaim
    Aqua Security, Cognito, Multipoint, Kustomer, Postman, Meredith
    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm16%
    Educational Organization9%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Consumer Goods Company7%
    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Computer Software Company30%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Educational Organization4%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise37%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise50%
    Large Enterprise13%
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise42%
    Buyer's Guide
    Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
    July 2022
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    Cloudflare Access is ranked 18th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 1 review while Perimeter 81 is ranked 5th in Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) with 10 reviews. Cloudflare Access is rated 8.0, while Perimeter 81 is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Cloudflare Access writes "Provides good DDoS protection, and has excellent support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Perimeter 81 writes "Great user experience, available on mobile, and is easy to set up". Cloudflare Access is most compared with Zscaler SASE, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Auth0, Zscaler Private Access and Prisma SD-WAN, whereas Perimeter 81 is most compared with Zscaler Private Access, Cato Networks, Prisma Access by Palo Alto Networks, Zscaler SASE and Check Point Remote Access VPN.

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