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Stopping Threats Before They Happen: 4 Ways Cisco Umbrella Protects Your Business

by Erik Briceno

With more people working remotely and more devices connecting to the internet every day, having a strong line of defense against cyberthreats is critical to the success of your business mission.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that can provide that first line of defense, no matter where your workers are located or what devices they’re using.

This issue will only continue to grow, fueled by the Internet of Things (IOT). By 2020, Gartner, Inc predicts there will be 20 billion connected devices — and more devices mean more security threats.

It’s an issue managed security services providers (MSSPs) focus on every day. In a recent speech at a cybersecurity conference, Cisco Vice President Matt Watchinski discussed how everything from cameras to audio equipment to parking meters will be connected to networks.

“We have entire generations that look at the world, and swipe it, and touch it, and talk to it,” Watchinski said. “It’s this connected world that exposes people to security vulnerabilities.”

Prevent Attacks Before They Occur

Stopping Threats Before They Happen: 4 Ways Cisco Umbrella Protects Your BusinessThe landscape of work changes as fast as the internet evolves. The days when desktops, business applications and other critical IT infrastructure were all safely tucked behind a firewall have passed. As more work takes place outside your network via the growing number of remote workers and BYOD users, the potential for breaches increases.

Again, it’s a trend that will only continue to grow. By 2021, Gartner predicts the average company will have 25 percent of its corporate data traffic bypassing the network perimeter. That means if you rely on perimeter security alone, you’re not fully protected. These gaps open the door for malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks.

Cisco Umbrella works with your existing security systems to block malicious activity before it occurs. It gives you complete visibility into internet activity across all locations, devices and users — then it blocks any threat it detects before they reach your network.

4 Key Security Benefits

  1. Cut costs and reduce damage: Because Umbrella is the first line of defense, security teams will have fewer malware infections to remediate. That means threats will be stopped before they cause damage.
  2. Fast response and containment: Umbrella contains command and control callbacks over any port or protocol, which allows it to provide real-time reports on that activity.
  3. Cast a wide net: Umbrella provides crucial visibility for incident response across all locations and users — so you can be confident that you’re seeing everything that’s out there.
  4. Spot future problems: Umbrella also provides visibility into sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud services and applications being used in your network. This lets you find new services that are being used, see who’s using them and identify any potential risks.

Threat Protection As a Service

An MSSP allows you to leverage state-of-the-art security systems like Cisco Umbrella, providing you with seasoned security experts working for you while staying within your business budget.

When you’re ready to talk about your security needs, call us for a free two-hour consultation — no strings attached. Our expert engineers can design safeguards that are an integral part of your IT network right from the start. Together, we can develop a managed security services plan that meets your needs and fits your budget.


Since 1995, Manassas Park, VA-based V2 Systems has employed local systems administrators, network engineers, security consultants, help desk technicians and partnering companies to meet a wide range of clients’ IT needs, from research, to implementation, to maintenance. Managed Security keeps our clients safe, while our IT support keeps them up and running. Reach out to our experts today. Concentrate on your VISION…We’ll handle the TECHNOLOGY!

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, a leading provider of online resources servicing over 5,000 independent musical artists. At, 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.
Stopping Threats Before They Happen: 4 Ways Cisco Umbrella Protects Your Business
Stopping Threats Before They Happen: 4 Ways Cisco Umbrella Protects Your Business