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Welcome to Cisco Umbrella


This guide provides you with all the information you need to get started using Cisco Umbrella. We'll show you how to configure your new setup, taking you step-by-step through the basics of configuration.

The guide includes several sections, including:

  • Getting Started with Umbrella (that's where you are now) to get your networks protected and DNS service pointed to Umbrella, how to customize your policies and how to enable the intelligent proxy for additional protection with SSL decryption and cloud-based file inspection for additional protection.
  • A Roaming Client Setup Guide to roll out the Umbrella roaming client to laptops and desktops and add additional features such as user identity granularity for reports and IP Layer enforcement.
  • A guide to integrating AnyConnect with the roaming client that installs the Cisco Umbrella Roaming Security module providing always-on security even when no VPN is active.
  • A Virtual Appliance Setup Guide section to help configure and deploy Virtual Appliances (VAs) to get granular information from inside your network to the reporting and policy enforcement.
  • An Active Directory Setup Guide to tie your AD users computers and groups to their DNS activity.

Hardware Deployments

As well, some Cisco hardware devices—for example, the Cisco ISR 4000—are available for integration with Umbrella, providing you with enhanced deployment options. For more information about these options, and how they can help meet your deployment needs, see our hardware deployment docs.

Hardware integration options available to you include:

Getting Started

The quickest way to get started is to just sign into your dashboard: and add your first identity. If you're just getting started with Umbrella, an in-product setup wizard will help you get started.

Add your first Identity

In Umbrella, an identity is simply an entity that you can enforce policy against and report on. It can be very high level—an entire network can be an identity—or very granular—down to the individual logged in user in Active Directory.

The two kinds of identities that most people configure first are either networks or roaming computers.

To learn about how to add your first identity, see Protect your Network.

After you've added an identity, the next step is to get your network setup to use Umbrella's recursive DNS service. However, some customers, especially those still evaluating Umbrella, may find it easier to protect a single computer with our roaming client. For more information about the roaming client, see Introduction to the Umbrella Roaming Client.

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Welcome to Cisco Umbrella