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Case study Deakin University © 2019 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. Cisco and the Cisco logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Cisco and/or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. To view a list of Cisco trademarks, go to this URL: Third-party trademarks mentioned are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. (1110R) firewalls, and network access control to web security, email security, and advanced threat protection," says Warren. "All the elements are designed to communicate with and enhance each other out of the box, built on a foundation of Cisco Umbrella, which proactively detects and blocks threats at the DNS level before they reach the network," says Warren. The results New protections, notable preventions In keeping with the university's longstanding strategy to prioritise minimum-effort implementation of maximum-value products, Umbrella was the first piece of Deakin's new security infrastructure to be rolled out. " Every enterprise has DNS, every enterprise has networks, and every enterprise has mail servers, so every enterprise should have that very first layer of Umbrella's protection, especially as it requires no significant effort to implement." Craig Warren Deputy Chief Digital Officer and Executive Director of ICT Infrastructure Deakin University "Starting with Umbrella made perfect sense," says Warren. "Not only is it a literal first line of defense because it acts outside of the network to prevent internet threats like ransomware, malware, and phishing from entering our environment, but its delivery via the cloud allowed us to very easily and quickly protect all of our users." Deakin saw immediate time-to-value. "In addition to being simple to deploy, it was also simple to customise protections to align with university policy," he says, "so straightaway we were able to block sites associated with plagiarism, pornography, and extremist views." While the Umbrella dashboard streamlined management, its visibility into internet activity across all devices, both on and off the network, was a revelation. "Suddenly we had detailed, actionable insight," he says. "We can discover if and by which device a specific website has been accessed, we can see what assets are being accessed in the cloud, and we can quantify our security stance by showing our leadership how many and what type of breach attempts have been blocked in a given timeframe." "In addition to providing intelligence that allows us to better manage our enterprise, Umbrella is also drastically reducing incidents along with the time required to mitigate them," says Warren. "And it's doing so as an integral layer of a cohesive security ecosystem expressly engineered to improve efficacy and efficiency."

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