DNSFilter is the only DNS threat protection providing real-time domain analysis that results in protection from more threats. At DNSFilter, we detect zero-day threats an average of over 5 days before traditional threat feeds.
Though basic Cisco Umbrella features appear simple to configure, customers report encountering errors that sometimes take days to resolve as soon as you want to apply IP filtering or SSL decryption, they encounter errors that sometimes take days to resolve. In contrast, DNSFilter customers have expressed time and time again that configuring DNSFilter is simple, while its interface is easy to understand, and include phenomenal customer support, in the rare occasion it’s needed. (Read Reviews)
While Cisco includes a URL filtering option, it comes with limitations. You can block URLs, but you cannot allow them. Limited and inflexible URL filtering isn’t the best option for web security. Along with block and allow lists for specific domains, DNSFilter offers comprehensive DNS filtering. Combining the two capabilities provides a simpler and more effective solution that requires less administrative management.
Lastly, even though Cisco Umbrella’s protection is extended to remote users, Cisco Umbrella does not support every operating system. At DNSFilter, we support Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android. Cisco Umbrella does not support Android devices.
While there is a Cisco URL filtering option, it has its limitations. You can block URLs, but you cannot allow them. So if you have use cases where you’d like to allow certain pages of a website but block the rest, that leaves you with the unwieldy task of blocking every single page (sometimes hundreds or thousands) except the ones you want to access. In addition to URL filtering, Cisco Umbrella advertises IP filtering which is really just IP allowing. There is no way to block IPs through Cisco Umbrella. Since IPs can bypass the entire domain name system, it doesn’t make sense to allow IPs. The main benefit of IP filtering would be to block IPs, which Cisco Umbrella does not do. But URL filtering isn’t necessarily the best option for web security. DNSFilter does DNS filtering, which is a much simpler solution for the end user that requires less management overall.
Roaming Clients give you the ability to deploy DNS security to your endpoints, and it’s a useful tool if you’re interested in more granular reporting. Cisco Umbrella does not support every operating system when it comes to Roaming Clients, or “agents.” At DNSFilter, we support Windows, iOS, MacOS, and Android. Cisco Umbrella does not support Android devices.