Even though you may not know what DNS (domain name system) protection is for cybersecurity, it’s at the forefront of mobile security conversations because it provides the best security through the cloud.
- DNS security as a partner’s first choice, not an afterthought
Most people know network security is stationary, and focuses on firewalls and endpoint protection. For example, when workers access the internet from hardwired connections docked to their workstations, these security solutions monitor data packets to keep malicious traffic off devices and networks. With network security, workers can find peace of mind.
However, as mobile devices and cloud services gain popularity in the workplace, and as more people work remotely, it changes everything in cybersecurity. Gartner posits, for instance, that 25% of all corporate data traffic now bypasses perimeter security. DNS (domain name system) protection in its simplest form provides the optimal cybersecurity for mobile platforms through the cloud.
- VPNs aren’t always a viable solution
In the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) world, mobile security resolved the mobile and cloud security dilemma by requiring all corporate mobile users to log onto VPNs (virtual private networks) for internet access and other communications. Unfortunately, VPNs slow down productivity and require extra steps of logging in, which is why workers avoid using them.
Also, some workers don’t use VPNs because they assume their companies are monitoring their networking activity when it occurs over the private networks. In fact, 75% of IT security decision-makers said their companies track VPN usage, Cisco research finds. However, the top explanation for avoiding the VPN, as cited by 58% of end users, was that “the VPN isn’t necessary to accomplish my task(s).”
- The cloud solution with DNS for mobile
Why is DNS better for mobile cybersecurity?
Most workers won’t know what an attack looks like, so that’s why the ability to implement DNS-layer security is valuable because it helps companies identify internet infrastructure and activities that are associated with attack staging and execution. For example, early phases of an attack often involve a redirect link to a malicious web domain. Most workers not knowing about this attack will open this link, email or message.
Ideally, DNS-level protection would identify dangerous domains and traffic, blocking the download of a malicious file or preventing suspect IP connections from being established before it reaches workers. Security at the DNS layer can also foil the command-and-control (C2) callbacks necessary to exfiltrate data from an organization’s systems by blocking the callbacks over any port or protocol.
To be effective, a DNS-layer solution must be able to distinguish legitimate domains and actions from those that are known or suspected to be malicious. This includes the chance for broad and deep visibility into the internet to see where attacks are being staged. Most companies can’t afford to implement this type of security within their IT department to avoid DDoS and Man In The Middle (MITM) attacks. That’s why DNS security within a cloud service keeps costs down and eliminates complex on-premises deployments from the IT department.
- Cisco Umbrella implements DNS-layer security in minutes
Cisco Umbrella provides mobile cybersecurity with DNS in the cloud for companies of all sizes. It’s best for organizations with many remote and mobile workers. The Umbrella global network, which comprises 25 data centers around the world, is the network on which Cisco’s recursive DNS service is built. It resolves 120 billion internet requests from 85 million users around the world every day. Umbrella enforces security at the DNS and IP layers, preventing malicious IP connections from being established or malware from being downloaded.
- Cisco Umbrella and the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace are a winning combination
Ingram Micro Cloud partners now have access to Cisco Umbrella via the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.
“To sell Umbrella, partners just need to go to Cisco.com, create a login name and password and register,” says Ryan Genco, security business development manager at Cisco. “Ingram Micro partners have two options they can sell customers: the Professional package or the Insights package. Both packages are sold as a one-year renewable subscription and are geared toward customers with between 10 and 99 users. The Insights package includes a few additional security features such as IoT usage risk reporting and log retention with Amazon Web Services integration.”
Selling Umbrella is made even easier with a no-risk, 14-day trial, says Genco. “Partners just need to direct their customers to signup.umbrella.com to provision their free trial. No credit card or phone call is required.” For additional information, partners should contact Ingram Micro’s Cisco Services team at 1-800-456-8000, ext. 76475.