Cisco’s Umbrella proactively stop threats before they happen: Dimension Data adopts the technology

Cisco’s Umbrella proactively stop threats before they happen: Dimension Data adopts the technology

February 8, 2018 0 By User

Malaysia, 7 Feb – Dimension Data, the USD 8 billion global technology integrator and
managed services provider, said it extended the company’s protection from ransomware, phishing attacks, bot networks, and all types of malicious software, with Cisco Umbrella, the industry’s first Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) in the cloud.

The decision to incorporate Cisco Umbrella follows the company’s firsthand experience protecting its own 28,000 employees and addresses its clients’ requirement to support an increasingly mobile workforce, the company’s media release said.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that provides the first line of defense against threats on
the internet.

“In today’s expanding threat landscape, it is critical to have powerful security tools that effectively
support mobility and cloud. With Cisco ® Umbrella, we are able to proactively stop threats on any
mobile device before they happen with a secure solution that is easily integrated with existing
infrastructure.” said Chris Panzeca, Senior Director, Global Strategic Partner Sales, Cisco.

According to the NTT 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Report, attacks targeting end users is one of
the top cybersecurity threats on the rise. In line with this trend, security has become the top focus at the highest level. Now, more than ever, security leaders are being forced to demonstrate a return on investment of their security investments. This includes the business value realised through continuous cyber protection, detection, and response measures.

“Today, the average user utilises four devices per day, and this is predicted to increase to five
connected devices in the next four years,” said Darren O’Loughlin, Dimension Data’s Group Chief
Security Officer.

“As more enterprises look to harness the benefits of a mobile workforce that leverages cloud platforms, there’s a greater need to implement appropriate measures to secure data, infrastructures, applications and users, regardless of where they connect to the internet, and even if they’re off the VPN. That’s why we adopted Cisco Umbrella into our own cybersecurity strategy.”

In 2016, Dimension Data published its Securing Workspaces for Tomorrow white paper which
explored the topic of how employees across the globe are already demanding a more mobile
workplace with the flexibility to work from anywhere, any time, on any device to become more
productive and achieve a better work-life balance.

“However,” said Matthew Gyde, Group Executive – Security, Dimension Data, “While the mobile
Endpoint is a potential game changer for businesses, it exposes mobile workers to security risks and
vulnerabilities. Mobile users may not have the same level of security as within the office perimeter,
and are more vulnerable to cyberattacks. With Cisco Umbrella, threats beyond the network perimeter
can be blocked.”