2023-05-02T21:49:00Z

Which solution is better: Cisco Umbrella or Palo Alto Networks DNS Security?

Hello peers, 

I am a Security Specialist at a small tech services company.

I am currently researching DNS Security solutions. Which solution do you prefer: Cisco Umbrella or Palo Alto Networks DNS Security? What are the pros and cons of each solution?

Thank you for your help.

EG
Security Specialist at TEUNO
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Anne Cubarrubia - PeerSpot reviewer
Editor at PeerSpot
Real User
2023-08-20T20:12:06Z
Aug 20, 2023

Some users may choose Cisco Umbrella over Palo Alto Networks DNS Security because Cisco Umbrella is a cloud-based solution known for its easy deployment and management. It also protects against many threats and provides visibility into DNS traffic.


As for the pros and cons of each solution, I've listed them below to help you in deciding which of the two solutions to use:



Cisco Umbrella



Pros:




    • Cloud-based solution

    • Easy to deploy and manage

    • Protects against a wide variety of threats, such as malware, phishing, and ransomware

    • Provides visibility into DNS traffic



Cons:




    • Can be expensive for larger organizations

    • Not as customizable as some other solutions



Palo Alto Networks DNS Security



Pros:




    • Highly customizable

    • Deployment can be done in the cloud or on-premises

    • Provides granular control over DNS traffic

    • Integrates with other Palo Alto Networks security solutions



Cons:




    • More complex to deploy and manage than Cisco Umbrella

    • Can be more expensive

Find out what your peers are saying about Cisco Umbrella vs. Palo Alto Networks DNS Security and other solutions. Updated: September 2023.
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