Even though you may not know what domain name system (DNS) protection is for cybersecurity, it’s at the forefront of mobile security conversations, as it provides the best security through the cloud.
DNS Security as a Partner’s First Choice, Not an Afterthought
Most people know network security, which 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 and keep malicious traffic off devices and networks. Network security gives employees a sense of 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 protection in its simplest form provides 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 virtual private networks (VPNs) for internet access and other communications. Unfortunately, VPNs slow down productivity and require the extra steps of logging in, which is why workers avoid using them.
Some workers also don’t use VPNs because they assume that their companies are monitoring their network 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 don’t know what an attack looks like, so that’s why the ability to implement DNS-layer security is valuable. 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 the 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 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, just to name a few.”
How do you get your customers to understand the value of an easier, more effective way to protect their users anywhere they access the internet? By showing them Cisco Umbrella.
Customers are much more likely to purchase Umbrella when they can see the value it adds to their security posture for themselves. In fact, the Cisco Umbrella Partner Proof of Value (PPoV) console can help you manage and track these free, 21-day trials for your end customers.
For more information, please contact Collin Rauen, Ingram Micro’s Security Channel Account Specialist, at (800) 456-8000, ext. 66092.