Newsletters
The Enterprise Security Supersite NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Network Security Viruses & Malware Cybercrime Security Solutions More Topics...
UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash
Deploy flash memory technology to
deliver peak workload performance.

Find out more>>
Mobile Security
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Got BYOD? OpenDNS Offers Cloud-Based
Got BYOD? OpenDNS Offers Cloud-Based 'Umbrella' Security

By Barry Levine
November 14, 2012 10:54AM

Bookmark and Share
OpenDNS said security vendors have not delivered solutions like Umbrella for the BYOD trend because they have not embraced software-as-a-service applications, cloud services and the ramifications of a mobile workforce. OpenDNS said appliance-based solutions diminish performance and increase latency by requiring a traffic backhaul.
 


It's one of IT's biggest problems: How do you secure mobile workers? To comprehensively address that question, Net security and DNS provider OpenDNS announced Tuesday a new cloud-based security service for mobile workers.

Called Umbrella, the new service is designed for iPhones, iPads, Windows and Mac laptops, and is intended to offer granular network security for distributed offices, retail locations or Wi-Fi hotspots. Administrators utilize a cloud-based management dashboard, which allows them to define policies, provision devices, and view reports across users, sites, networks, groups, or devices.

DNS, Proxying, VPN

The service employs OpenDNS' Global Network, which has 50 million daily users and which the company said is the world's largest Net-wide security network. It has a dozen global data centers that OpenDNS said have had 100 percent uptime since the Network's inception in 2006. The DNS-based approach, according to the company's Web site, provides "enterprise-class Internet threat protection and Web filtering without impacting network resources or becoming a bottleneck for network traffic."

OpenDNS said that security vendors have not delivered solutions for the growing "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend in businesses because they have not embraced software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, cloud services and the ramifications of a completely mobile workforce. The company said that appliance-based solutions diminish performance and increase latency by requiring a backhaul of traffic through corporate network-housed hardware.

By contrast, OpenDNS said, Umbrella improves performance through a combination of its Anycast DNS routing, selective proxying and encrypted VPN connections to the cloud, instead of routing back to the corporate network.

David Ulevitch, OpenDNS founder and CEO, said in a statement that Umbrella "perfectly illustrates our belief that Internet security can be as ubiquitous as connectivity, while still being simple, smart and lightweight." He added that the new service shows how companies can provide security everywhere, through a combination of "secure connections, unlimited performance, global threat intelligence, global visibility, and low total cost of ownership."

'Could Be a Panacea'

As a cloud-based solution, OpenDNS said that Umbrella can be deployed in minutes, without hardware setup or software installation, and it blocks inbound malware infections and outbound botnet communications.

Based on Active Directory users, devices, and groups, Umbrella also allows filtering that can be used to enforce access policies, such as determining when workers can access Facebook.

In the corporate blog, Ulevitch wrote this week that when users work from Starbucks, or use Google Apps, Dropbox, Box or Salesforce, "you've lost all visibility." He added that one could think of Umbrella as "a VPN to the cloud, with the ability to add security policies that you define."

Charles King, an analyst with industry research firm Pund-IT, said that "if companies can use this VPN-based technology," and if it's efficient, and if the dashboard interface is "simple and intuitive, it could be a panacea."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



UCS Invicta: Integrated Flash Why wait for the future? Unlock the potential of your applications and create new business opportunities today with UCS Invicta Series Solid State Systems. Take advantage of the power of flash technology. See how it can help accelerate IT, eliminate data center bottlenecks, and deliver the peak application performance and predictability your users demand. Click here to learn more.


 Mobile Security
1.   Data Recovered from 'Wiped' Phones
2.   Anti-Spying Blackphone Starts Shipping
3.   Android, Win Phone To Get Kill Switch
4.   Report: Spyware on Chinese Phone
5.   BlackBerry BBM Boosts Security


advertisement
Data Recovered from 'Wiped' Phones
Android 'factory reset' is inadequate.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Ruling Against Microsoft Raises E-Mail Privacy Concern
Microsoft has been ordered to hand over e-mails to law enforcers in the United States as part of a criminal investigation, even though the e-mail is stored at a data center in Dublin,Ireland.
 
Twitter Buys Password Manager Startup Mitro
Following on the heels of another acquisition earlier this week, Twitter is adding to its fold a password-manager security startup called Mitro, which in turn is releasing its code as open source.
 
Government Requests for Customer Data Skyrocket
Requests for customer data from the government jumped 50 percent in the first half of 2014, according to Twitter, which received more than 2,000 requests for user info from gov't agencies.
 

Navigation
Enterprise Security Today
Home/Top News | Network Security | Viruses & Malware | Cybercrime | Security Solutions | Mobile Security | Disaster Recovery | Windows Security
Data Security | EST Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.