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An Introduction to Cisco Umbrella


Hey, Cisco Geek 👋 Welcome to the world of Cisco Umbrella!


If you're reading this, chances are you're either a networking pro looking to up your game, or a business owner trying to protect your organisation from the ever-present threat of online attacks. Either way, we've got you covered.


So, what exactly is Cisco Umbrella? In a nutshell, it's a cloud-based security platform that helps businesses protect their networks and users from all sorts of nasty stuff on the internet. Think of it as a giant umbrella (see what we did there? 🌂) that shields you from the digital rain.


But Umbrella isn't just about blocking malicious traffic. It also integrates with other security systems, provides visibility into internet activity, and offers customisable policies to help businesses enforce their security posture.

And the best part? You don't have to be a tech wizard to use it. Umbrella is easy to set up and manage, so you can focus on the rest of your ToDo list instead of worrying about all the cyber bad guys out there.


So the next time you hear someone say "It's raining cats and dogs," just smile and think to yourself, "Nope, just Umbrella keeping me safe and dry." 🌧️🐱🐶 Thanks for joining us on this journey to better online security. We hope Umbrella helps keep you and your business safe from all the digital storms out there.


At this point, you tech-savvy folks out there are probably wondering: "How does it actually work?" 🤔


Well, grab your nerf guns and energy drinks, because we're about to dive deep into the technical details of how Umbrella analyses and blocks malicious traffic.


First, let's start with how Umbrella gets its data.

It uses a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and human intelligence to analyse billions of internet requests in real-time. This includes analysing the content of websites, the reputation of domains, the behaviour of users, and other factors.


With all this data at its fingertips, Umbrella is able to identify and block malicious traffic before it even reaches your network.

How does it do this? By using a variety of techniques, such as:


  • IP reputation analysis: Umbrella checks the reputation of IP addresses to see if they have a history of being associated with malicious activity. If an IP address has a bad reputation, Umbrella will block the request.


  • Domain reputation analysis: Similar to IP reputation analysis, Umbrella checks the reputation of domains to see if they are known to be associated with malicious activity. If a domain has a bad reputation, Umbrella will block the request.


  • Advanced Malware Protection (AMP): Umbrella uses AMP to analyse files and detect malware before it can execute on a user's device. If Umbrella detects malware, it will block the request and prevent the malware from being delivered.


  • Application control: Umbrella can block specific applications or categories of applications based on customisable policies. For example, you could block all peer-to-peer file sharing applications to prevent users from downloading potentially malicious files.


As you can see, Umbrella is a powerful tool that uses a variety of techniques to analyse and block malicious traffic. The four bullet points above barley scratch the surface. But it's not just about blocking bad stuff - Umbrella also provides visibility into internet activity, allowing businesses to see what their users are doing online and identify potential security issues.


So the next time someone asks you how Umbrella works, just tell them it's a combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, human intelligence, and a whole lot of nerf gun-wielding cybersecurity experts.


Thanks for joining us on this journey through the inner workings of Cisco Umbrella. We’ve contacted the global Geek association and added five Geek points to your name.


Stay tuned for more on Umbrella and other tech topics!


Ow and don’t forget, the Cisco Geeks would love to Geek out with you. Simple and complex questions alike, free trials, pricing and even relationship advice.


Cisco Geeks, out.

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