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Case study Farm Credit © 2020 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) 2020_Q4_CS_Farm Credit The Results Blocking threats before they turn into incidents Since deploying Umbrella, Farm Credit has been able to respond to threats faster and block them before they reach employees. Mills noted that in one 30-day period, Umbrella showed a 799% increase in security blocks and an even larger increase in phishing blocks, with 2,321 malware requests blocked in 24 hours. "We're stopping a lot of attacks with Cisco Umbrella before they are capable of being weaponized at the application layer," Mills says. "We're blocking tens of thousands of connection attempts on a regular basis. We are certainly blocking more than we were before." In addition to providing a first line of defense with its DNS-layer enforcement, wherever employees connect to the internet, Umbrella allows Farm Credit to block nearly 800 applications, block specific file types with just a few clicks to protect sensitive data from being shared, detect hidden threats by decrypting HTTPS traffic, and make security-policy changes faster. "The level of integration that we have with Umbrella's full proxy and Cisco Threat Response gives us better visibility which has proven to be very valuable," Mills says. " Being able to protect our association and our customers in an unpredictable world is an essential business goal. Cisco Umbrella helps us to achieve this goal." Mike Mills Security Engineer, Farm Credit Cisco Umbrella's integration with Threat Grid is another important feature for Mills. Farm Credit was already heavily using Threat Grid to denotate links and attachments through AMP for Endpoints and the Email Security Appliance. "When it does find something that's threatening, we are automatically blocking those links inside of Umbrella," Mills explains. For Farm Credit, Umbrella provided an agile solution for protecting its mobile and remote workforce across locations and devices. The ability to quickly and easily scale off network protection was essential during the COVID-19 pandemic, when almost all of Farm Credit's workforce had to work from home and internet threats were rapidly evolving. "Being able to protect our association and our customers in an unpredictable world is an essential business goal," Mills says. "Cisco Umbrella helps us to achieve this goal."

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