OpenDNS enterprise security products have been rebranded to Cisco Umbrella. Cisco Umbrella analyzes and learns from internet activity patterns, automatically uncovering attacker infrastructure staged for current and emerging threats. It combines multiple security functions into one solution, so we can extend data protection to devices, remote users, and distributed locations anywhere. This predictive intelligence is enforced in the cloud, blocking access to domains or IP addresses that post a threat.

Who will use it at WUSTL?
Umbrella will be available for everyone who accesses the Internet via the Washington University DNS servers by default.

How does it work?
When a user on the Washington University network tries to access a webpage that Umbrella has identified as a known or emergent threat, Umbrella will redirect the user to an alert page on the Washington University Information Security website that provides information and/or instructions on how to proceed.

Umbrella is blocking a legitimate domain. What should I do?
If you find that Umbrella is blocking a legitimate domain, contact the Washington University Information Security Office at infosec@wustl.edu.

I am traveling, how can Umbrella protect my device from malware?
Washington University students, faculty and staff can take advantage of the Umbrella protection service while traveling by downloading the Washington University Umbrella client. It will run in the background of your device, and provide the same level of protection available on campus.

Can I use this protection at home?
Washington University students, faculty and staff who would like to take advantage of the Umbrella protection service at home have two options.

  1. Users can download the free Umbrella Home service for personal use. This service provides Web content filtering and phishing protection but does not block malicious domains.
  2. Users can contact the Office of Information Security to get the Umbrella client at infosec@wustl.edu.