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Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud

by Erik Briceno

In a previous article, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal that we at V2 Systems use ourselves is Cisco Umbrella, and we outlined why exactly we think it is such a useful utility. While it’s not our intention to sound like a commercial and try to sell you a product, today we’ll be covering Meraki MR for many of the same reasons: It’s simply that good.

And one of the best things of all? Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were practically made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.

What Is Meraki MR?

Meraki’s MR product series offers a cloud-based wireless system with mobile management capabilities. If personal computers, laptops, smartphones and other mobile devices were cars on a highway, a Meraki MR device would be that highway — as well as the police, emergency vehicles and signposts that regulate it all. Be it PC or Mac, phone or tablet, it provides complete unified management of these devices as well as the entire network, all from a centralized dashboard.

From here, a business or organization may enforce device security policies, deploy software and apps, and perform remote, live troubleshooting on thousands of managed devices.

How Does Cisco Umbrella Work With Meraki MR?

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella are a dynamic duo, to say the least. Or, “a match made in the cloud,” if you prefer.

Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the CloudThis integration is the absolute easiest and fastest way to deploy Umbrella across a wireless network. Additionally, it allows networking and security administrators to conveniently enable Umbrella policies directly within the Meraki dashboard itself. Everyone on your entire Meraki network will be protected under Umbrella, against threats like malware, ransomware and C2 callbacks — all with no added latency whatsoever to interfere with productivity.

When Cisco Umbrella is used over a Meraki network, it blocks users from connecting to malicious sites BEFORE a connection is made. That means less remediation (which saves time and money) and less risk of breach damage. Simply put, Umbrella acts as the first line of defense against threats for every user on a Meraki network.

Is a Meraki network running Cisco Umbrella the right solution for your organization? We think it probably is, or else we wouldn’t have taken the trouble to tell you about it. If you have questions about it and how it works, or would like us to walk you through all of your options, just give us a call. We’re here to help you find your best fit, and we know these products inside and out.

 

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About ebriceno
Erik Briceño is the owner of V2 Systems, Inc., one of Northern Virginia’s leading Information Technology Managed Service Providers. He is an inspiring leader for its employees and instrumental business partner for its customers. He is passionate about V2’s purpose, dedicated to exceeding expectations and a consummate professional not afraid of jumping in and getting his hands dirty. Prior to joining V2 Systems in 2002, Erik was a co-founder and COO of Ampcast.com, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At Ampcast.com, Erik spearheaded all aspects of corporate development, funding, strategic vision, and business development for the firm. From 1997 to 1999 Erik held the position of Acoustic Systems Engineer for Electric Boat Corporation, a leading defense contractor. In this role, Erik was responsible for the acoustic fidelity of two noise critical systems and components in the US Navy’s nuclear submarine systems. Erik holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University. When not working, you will find Erik a dedicated family man, raising two young children with his lovely wife Karen. Together, they enjoy building legos, playing baseball, skiing, riding horses, swimming, traveling, and fixing up old Mopars.
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud
Meraki MR and Cisco Umbrella: A Match Made in the Cloud