OpenDNS Integrates Predictive Detection Capabilities Into Cloud-Delivered Web Security Platform

Umbrella Web security platform can identify, prevent, contain, and inform on advanced cyberattacks without the need for a malware sample or attack data

July 30, 2013

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LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OpenDNS, the world's leading provider of cloud-delivered Web security services, today announced the latest release of its Umbrella Web security platform, which has been enhanced with predictive detection capabilities provided by the Umbrella Security Graph. Umbrella can identify, prevent, contain and inform on advanced cyber-attacks without the need for a malware sample or attack data. The Umbrella Security Graph combines big data-based analytics and predictive classifiers to extract security intelligence from more than 50 million users in 160 countries.

"Since deploying OpenDNS the number of malware-related help desk tickets has been reduced by at least 90% or more, and reports of malware activity on our network are essentially a thing of the past."

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"We were facing an uphill battle to secure both company- and employee-owned smartphones, laptops, tablets and other devices as part of our bring your own device program. Given the geographically distributed nature of our business the Umbrella by OpenDNS service was the best model for us to fight malware," said Gabe DiSarro, IT Director for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. "Since deploying OpenDNS the number of malware-related help desk tickets has been reduced by at least 90% or more, and reports of malware activity on our network are essentially a thing of the past."

Automated, Predictive Threat Protection

The Umbrella Security Graph is a cyber-security big data platform that harnesses the collective intelligence of the Internet to discover and predict malicious attacks – before devices can be compromised and data exfiltrated. It combines indexed and cross-referenced data with real-time cyber intelligence scoring and threat classification, without the need for tuning or intervention by security administrators.

"The volume and sophistication of attacks has continually driven down the efficacy of today's security. It's time for change," said Dan Hubbard, CTO of OpenDNS. "By using the big data analytics tools, machine learning, graph theory and related algorithms of the Umbrella Security Graph we can predict where new threats are coming from and block them before they can reach users of the Umbrella Security service."

More Actionable Security

To enable customers to tighten security configurations and more aggressively use predictive threat analytics provided by the Umbrella Security Graph, OpenDNS has created new security intelligence categories. For example, high-risk sites and locations has been created to supplement known malware and botnets classifications. Meanwhile, drive-by downloads hosting exploits (often used by malvertising and watering hole attacks), Dynamic DNS (often used as an evasion technique against IP blacklisting) and Mobile Threats are new individual categories added to enhance protection and improve reporting granularity. Providing detailed and actionable intelligence (i.e. why something was blocked) allows customers to prioritize security events.

Real-Time Intelligence

The Umbrella security categories supply context to IT security teams, within one minute, on the type or behavior of the threat blocked. Visibility into the user, device and network identity potentially impacted by threats enables IT to prioritize and remediate risks before damage can be done. Information on the following activities is centralized across all networks and devices (on- and off-network):

Blocked botnet request

Blocked malware or phishing request

Blocked suspicious or high-risk site request


Umbrella by OpenDNS with the integrated Umbrella Security Graph is available immediately from OpenDNS and its business partners worldwide.



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About OpenDNS

OpenDNS is the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, enabling the world to connect to the Internet with confidence on any device, anywhere, anytime. OpenDNS provides millions of businesses, schools and households with a safer, faster and more intelligent Internet experience by protecting them from malicious Web threats and providing them control over how users navigate the Internet, while dramatically increasing the network's overall performance and reliability. The company's cloud-delivered Umbrella security service protects enterprise users from malware, botnets and phishing regardless of location or device. At the heart of all OpenDNS services is the OpenDNS Global Network, the world's largest Internet-wide security network, securing 50 million active users daily through 20 data centers worldwide. For more information, please visit:

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