Product Comparison

Cisco Umbrella vs DNSFilter

Common Comparisons

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud based DNS web security gateway, offering powerful and effective security for businesses. The service blocks malware and phishing attempts from the web and integrates which existing security tools to deliver all round protection. The service also gives real time visibility on all devices on your network and roaming users to ensure they are all safely browsing and secured. The use of DNS means threats are stopped over all ports and protocols. Request rerouting is used to effectively protect without impacting performance.

Cisco has a global network and processes billions of DNS requests from millions of users daily. They are the largest vendor of DNS based web security with 175 billion daily requests, 90 million users and 30 data centres worldwide.

Benefits of Cisco Umbrella

  • Comprehensive reports delivered through accessible, modern user interface
  • Strong research into attacks to keep the threat protection ahead of the curve on upcoming security issues with statistical models on historical data to help analyse future threats
  • Very popular service for MSPs as it’s easy to install and offers comprehensive protection for customers without having management
  • Market leading filtering and protection with URL category filtering, domain level blocking and more
  • Granular administration controls with both pre-made and customisable policies
  • Active Directory integration
  • Good reporting with accessible logs and audits as well as real time visibility of users on the network
  • 80 content categories covering billions of webpages with easy management of high, moderate or low content settings and allow and block lists for admins
  • Popular with customers, who highly recommend the service

What you should know about Cisco Umbrella

  • Threat protection is good, but needs to be part of a multi-layered security approach
  • More expensive than competitors for fully featured tiers, although multiple subscription levels offered
  • Not as quite easy to manage admin controls as Webroot, although user interface is better
  • No reporting on cloud services available

Expert Insights Verdict on Cisco Umbrella

Cisco Umbrella is a market leading DNS based web secure gateway service. The billions of webpages filtered and advanced research intel into threat protection makes it obvious why Cisco Umbrella is the most popular DNS service on the market. The admin controls are also highly customisable with multiple security policies, 80 content categories, SafeSearch and Block Bypass. There is also AD integration offered. Reporting and auditing is easy to read and offers good visibility into the safety of businesses, with full log retention, pre made reports and scheduled reporting. The service is more expensive than competitors however and it should be known that the threat protection offered by Cisco Umbrella should be layered with other security products rather than taken as an all-in-one solution.

Expert Insights would recommend Cisco Umbrella to larger companies who don’t mind paying a higher rate for the most popular product in the DNS web security market offering an easy to use, secure service. However, for companies who want a cheaper alternative, with the same level of threat protection and better reporting, we would recommend Webroot.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

DNSFilter offers a DNS based web filtering service with a focus on simplicity with a modern user friendly interface. The product is unique in the industry in that rather than relying on large categorized databases of URLS, DNSFilter uses a machine learning algorithm to analyse domains in real time and keep companies secure. Another focus of this service is web content filtering with customisable filtering policies powered by machine learning algorithms and detailed accessible reporting. They also offer security threat protection against malware, phishing and botnet attacks.

DNSFilter is a small company headquartered in Washington, DC which was founded in 2015.

Benefits of DNSFilter

  • One of the best designed modern user interfaces in the market which makes admin controls and reporting easily accessible and readable
  • Simplified admin controls powered by algorithms streamline to process of deploying customisable filtering policies saving time for admins
  • Machine learning algorithms effectively block security threats
  • Detailed useful reports with user requests, security reports, billing and real time streaming
  • Dynamic DNS support and easy installation and management
  • Flexible service driven by API
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • Streamlined low cost pricing which is attractive to MSPs, the service is far cheaper than competitors
  • Off network protection for roaming clients
  • CEO is active member of the community on Reddit, engaging with customers
  • Highly recommended by customers

What you should know about DNSFilter

  • Admin controls are not as granular as competitors such as Webroot, with machine learning automating controls and a focus on ease of use and minimum management
  • Less extensive researching and insights into threats than much larger competitors such as Cisco, but machine learning covers this
  • No AD integration

Expert Insights Verdict on DNS Filter

From the branding, to the product, DNSFilter is intensely focused on an elegant, streamlined DNS web filter. DNSFilter is a young product but contains all the features you’d expect for a good secure DNS web filter. Threat protection is robust, with machine learning algorithms making up for the databases of larger competitors. URL filtering is strong, with algorithms tuned to company policies determining which websites users should have access too. DNSFilter shines in the design department, with an accessible UI and great reports and analytics making admin’s lives easier and streamlining the management experience. The reports themselves are not advanced, but still offer detailed views of user activity and security policies. Coupled with a low price point, DNSFilter makes up for its smaller size and relative lack of features when compared to the Webroot and Cisco Umbrella market giants. As a growing product, the service is likely to only improve over time, and the machine learning algorithms could be ahead of the curve for the web security market.

Expert Insights recommends DNSFilter to companies looking for a streamlined easy to use service which is cost effective without compromising on threat protection and filtering, with great analytics. To companies searching for more granular admin controls and policies, we’d recommend competitors such as Cisco Umbrella and Webroot.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud based DNS web security gateway, offering powerful and effective security for businesses. The service blocks malware and phishing attempts from the web and integrates which existing security tools to deliver all round protection. The service also gives real time visibility on all devices on your network and roaming users to ensure they are all safely browsing and secured. The use of DNS means threats are stopped over all ports and protocols. Request rerouting is used to effectively protect without impacting performance.

Cisco has a global network and processes billions of DNS requests from millions of users daily. They are the largest vendor of DNS based web security with 175 billion daily requests, 90 million users and 30 data centres worldwide.

Benefits of Cisco Umbrella

  • Comprehensive reports delivered through accessible, modern user interface
  • Strong research into attacks to keep the threat protection ahead of the curve on upcoming security issues with statistical models on historical data to help analyse future threats
  • Very popular service for MSPs as it’s easy to install and offers comprehensive protection for customers without having management
  • Market leading filtering and protection with URL category filtering, domain level blocking and more
  • Granular administration controls with both pre-made and customisable policies
  • Active Directory integration
  • Good reporting with accessible logs and audits as well as real time visibility of users on the network
  • 80 content categories covering billions of webpages with easy management of high, moderate or low content settings and allow and block lists for admins
  • Popular with customers, who highly recommend the service

What you should know about Cisco Umbrella

  • Threat protection is good, but needs to be part of a multi-layered security approach
  • More expensive than competitors for fully featured tiers, although multiple subscription levels offered
  • Not as quite easy to manage admin controls as Webroot, although user interface is better
  • No reporting on cloud services available

Expert Insights Verdict on Cisco Umbrella

Cisco Umbrella is a market leading DNS based web secure gateway service. The billions of webpages filtered and advanced research intel into threat protection makes it obvious why Cisco Umbrella is the most popular DNS service on the market. The admin controls are also highly customisable with multiple security policies, 80 content categories, SafeSearch and Block Bypass. There is also AD integration offered. Reporting and auditing is easy to read and offers good visibility into the safety of businesses, with full log retention, pre made reports and scheduled reporting. The service is more expensive than competitors however and it should be known that the threat protection offered by Cisco Umbrella should be layered with other security products rather than taken as an all-in-one solution.

Expert Insights would recommend Cisco Umbrella to larger companies who don’t mind paying a higher rate for the most popular product in the DNS web security market offering an easy to use, secure service. However, for companies who want a cheaper alternative, with the same level of threat protection and better reporting, we would recommend Webroot.

Overall Score
Web Filtering
Threat Protection
Reporting and Logging
Administrative Controls

Summary

Review date: October 26th 2018

DNSFilter offers a DNS based web filtering service with a focus on simplicity with a modern user friendly interface. The product is unique in the industry in that rather than relying on large categorized databases of URLS, DNSFilter uses a machine learning algorithm to analyse domains in real time and keep companies secure. Another focus of this service is web content filtering with customisable filtering policies powered by machine learning algorithms and detailed accessible reporting. They also offer security threat protection against malware, phishing and botnet attacks.

DNSFilter is a small company headquartered in Washington, DC which was founded in 2015.

Benefits of DNSFilter

  • One of the best designed modern user interfaces in the market which makes admin controls and reporting easily accessible and readable
  • Simplified admin controls powered by algorithms streamline to process of deploying customisable filtering policies saving time for admins
  • Machine learning algorithms effectively block security threats
  • Detailed useful reports with user requests, security reports, billing and real time streaming
  • Dynamic DNS support and easy installation and management
  • Flexible service driven by API
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • Streamlined low cost pricing which is attractive to MSPs, the service is far cheaper than competitors
  • Off network protection for roaming clients
  • CEO is active member of the community on Reddit, engaging with customers
  • Highly recommended by customers

What you should know about DNSFilter

  • Admin controls are not as granular as competitors such as Webroot, with machine learning automating controls and a focus on ease of use and minimum management
  • Less extensive researching and insights into threats than much larger competitors such as Cisco, but machine learning covers this
  • No AD integration

Expert Insights Verdict on DNS Filter

From the branding, to the product, DNSFilter is intensely focused on an elegant, streamlined DNS web filter. DNSFilter is a young product but contains all the features you’d expect for a good secure DNS web filter. Threat protection is robust, with machine learning algorithms making up for the databases of larger competitors. URL filtering is strong, with algorithms tuned to company policies determining which websites users should have access too. DNSFilter shines in the design department, with an accessible UI and great reports and analytics making admin’s lives easier and streamlining the management experience. The reports themselves are not advanced, but still offer detailed views of user activity and security policies. Coupled with a low price point, DNSFilter makes up for its smaller size and relative lack of features when compared to the Webroot and Cisco Umbrella market giants. As a growing product, the service is likely to only improve over time, and the machine learning algorithms could be ahead of the curve for the web security market.

Expert Insights recommends DNSFilter to companies looking for a streamlined easy to use service which is cost effective without compromising on threat protection and filtering, with great analytics. To companies searching for more granular admin controls and policies, we’d recommend competitors such as Cisco Umbrella and Webroot.