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© 2018 Cisco and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved. The challenge Outmaneuvering malware when users are everywhere Building business solutions with products and services from the world's top technology companies since 1980, Sirius fully appreciates the potential for havoc that risk of any sort represents when it encounters it—in a client's organization, or its own. "We started to notice a sharp uptick in spear phishing emails attempting to harvest credentials for backdoor access, and saw them getting more creative and ever-harder for even the savviest users to identify," says Chris Bailey, senior systems administrator at Sirius. "As mushrooming workforce mobility drove migration to the cloud and Sirius expanded through a series of acquisitions, the potential for serious damage grew untenable." "We knew it was time to move beyond antivirus and anti-malware products because they can't address such exploits," says manager of infrastructure solutions Darin Sawyer. "We needed a way to eliminate risk for Sirius and its clients by protecting against malicious attacks and preventing users from inadvertently visiting fraudulent sites." The solution Proactive protection for mobile, cloud-enabled employees With 44 current physical locations and some 60 percent of employees working remote at any time, Sirius knew that even the best security risk training left a portion of its workforce vulnerable to phishing attacks. "The ideal solution had to secure our network and users no matter where they work, even on employee-owned devices and public cloud apps, especially as more of the applications we and our clients use are migrated to software as a service (SaaS) offerings," says Sawyer. "Through our Cisco Gold Partnership, we were introduced to Cisco Umbrella." "Because Umbrella blocks the malicious domains, IPs, and even URLs to which users may be lured through spear phishing at the DNS level, we could secure all of our users without having to physically manage hardware at our various offices," says Bailey. "Outside of protecting against any accidental visits to dangerous sites, Umbrella works before employees ever receive a phishing email." Cisco Umbrella uses predictive intelligence to hunt and preemptively block new phishing sites, and also blocks known phishing sites as they're reported. "The 'newly-seen domain' feature, which identifies domains as they're first seen but before they've been categorized as malicious, offered another powerful tool against bad actors hoping to outpace security technology with new sites," says Sawyer. "Additionally, we saved a tremendous amount of time, effort, and complexity by leveraging the Cisco AnyConnect client we already use to extend the same DNS protection that our offices enjoy to all of our users, no matter where they're working," says Bailey. "Umbrella addressed all of our concerns and was immediately available to us as a Cisco partner." " We needed a way to eliminate risk for Sirius and its clients by protecting against malicious attacks and preventing users from inadvertently visiting fraudulent sites." Darin Sawyer Manager Infrastructure Solutions Sirius

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