November 14, 2012
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(November 13, 2012) IT's most vexing problem – how to secure today's nomadic workforce – has been solved. OpenDNS, the world's leading provider of Internet security and DNS services, today announced Umbrella, a cloud security service that helps enterprise users connect with confidence everywhere by protecting them from malware, botnet and phishing threats regardless of location or device while providing their IT departments with increased visibility and control. Umbrella protects nomadic workers who use iPhones, iPads, and Windows and Mac laptops, while also providing comprehensive, granular network security for headquarters, distributed offices, retail locations and Wi-Fi hotspots. A simple, cloud-based management dashboard allows administrators to define policies and view reports across any number of networks, sites, users, groups and devices. Umbrella's security protection is always updating with threat intelligence gathered from the OpenDNS Global Network, the world's largest Internet-wide security network serving 50 million active users daily.
"Healthy growth in smartphone and media tablet shipments over the next five years will enable a much higher level of IT consumerization than is currently possible," said Chae-Gi Lee, research director at Gartner. "Enterprises should recognize this and look to 'mobile enable' their IT infrastructure for employees to meet the growing demand for mobile device use in the enterprise IT environment." 
To date, security vendors have failed to deliver solutions that secure and enable the increasingly distributed enterprise and nomadic workers because they failed to embrace the dramatic rise of SaaS applications, cloud services and an increasingly mobile workforce. Umbrella, however, embraces the idea that all workers are nomadic workers, and it's built from the ground up to secure people no matter where they work. Existing appliance-based solutions reduce performance and introduce latency by backhauling traffic through hardware placed on the corporate network. Umbrella actually improves performance here with a combination of Anycast DNS routing, selective proxying and encrypted VPN connections to the cloud, rather than back to headquarters. As a cloud service, Umbrella is easy to deploy and manage and its self-healing network ensures 100% uptime. Pricing covers multiple devices per user for low total cost of ownership and high scalability.
"We have a highly mobile, geographically distributed organization. The success of our agents and the satisfaction of our customers is directly tied to our ability to reliably communicate anytime, anywhere and by any means." said Gabe DiSarro, IT Director for Coldwell Banker Prime Properties. "Umbrella allows our people to leave the security of our company networks and stay protected in today's world of rapidly evolving threats, without impacting performance. Umbrella enables us to effectively extend our secure computing environment out into the field."
"Umbrella perfectly illustrates our belief that Internet security can be as ubiquitous as connectivity, while still being simple, smart and lightweight," said David Ulevitch, CEO of OpenDNS. "By combining secure connections, unlimited performance, global threat intelligence, global visibility, and low total cost of ownership, Umbrella exemplifies our commitment to leading the future of enterprise security, allowing companies to enable security everywhere so their people can work anywhere."
Umbrella is available immediately from OpenDNS. Please visit http://www.Umbrella.com for evaluation and purchasing details.
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 Umbrella cloud 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 12 data centers worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.opendns.com
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