Dimension Data Adopts Cloud Security Platform, Cisco Umbrella, in Its Cyber Security Strategy

Dimension Data, an $8 billion global technology integrator and managed services provider employing 28,000 people across 46 countries, has extended its protection from ransom-ware, phishing attacks, bot networks, and all types of malicious software, with Cisco Umbrella – a Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) in the cloud. The decision to incorporate Cisco Umbrella follows the Dimension Data’s firsthand experience protecting its own 28,000 employees and addresses its clients’ requirement to support an increasingly mobile workforce.

Cisco Umbrella is a cloud security platform that provides the first line of defense against threats on the Internet.

“Today, the average user utilizes four devices per day, and this is predicted to increase to five connected devices in the next four years,” said Darren O’Loughlin, Dimension Data’s Group Chief Security Officer (CSO). “As more enterprises look to harness the benefits of a mobile workforce that leverages cloud platforms, there’s a greater need to implement appropriate measures to secure data, infrastructures, applications and users, regardless of where they connect to the internet, and even if they’re off the VPN. That’s why we adopted Cisco Umbrella into our own cyber security strategy.”

Security Mobile Workers

In 2016, Dimension Data published its Securing Workspaces for Tomorrow white paper, which explored the topic of how employees across the globe are already demanding a more mobile workplace with the flexibility to work from anywhere, anytime, on any device to become more productive and achieve a better work-life balance.

“However,” said Matthew Gyde, Group Executive Security, Dimension Data. “While the mobile Endpoint is a potential game-changer for businesses, it exposes mobile workers to security risks and vulnerabilities. Mobile users may not have the same level of security as within the office perimeter and are more vulnerable to cyber attacks. With Cisco Umbrella, threats beyond the network perimeter can be blocked.”

Headquartered in Johannesburg, Dimension Data is a member of the NTT Group.

“In today’s expanding threat landscape, it is critical to have powerful security tools that effectively support mobility and cloud,” said Chris Panzeca, Senior Director, Global Strategic Partner Sales, Cisco. “With Cisco Umbrella, we are able to proactively stop threats on any mobile device before they happen with a secure solution that is easily integrated with existing infrastructure.”