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How Meraki MR and Umbrella integration simplifies security and networking

Add Umbrella security to Meraki networks, and gain better visibility and protection against threats

November 18, 2019

While cybercriminals are always coming out with new kinds of malware, the truth is that 97% of all malware exploits DNS (domain name system) blind spots when infecting a network. Cisco Umbrella helps cover these blind spots with an additional layer of security, which is further enhanced when it’s used on a Meraki network.
 
Cisco partners can apply Meraki cloud security policies directly to their MR or MX clients (on a per-SSID basis or using Meraki group policies) within the Umbrella dashboard. On the Meraki side, customers get an API (application program interface) key from the Umbrella dashboard and put it in the Meraki dashboard. This allows the two consoles to talk directly to one another, and layer the Umbrella security onto the Meraki network.
 
The Meraki networking product family of wireless LANs (local area networks), routers and security appliances simplify provisioning, optimization, content filtering, firmware updates, redundancy and monitoring. Each cloud-managed Meraki device enables partners to provide the right option for customers of any size.
 
Cisco Umbrella further complements Meraki via the Umbrella global network infrastructure, which handles more than 100 billion internet requests a day and has been shown to reduce malware infections by 98%. Because Umbrella operates at the DNS and IP layers, it acts as the first line of defense against threats, stopping them before they happen. It also cuts the number of alerts from the Meraki firewall by as much as 50%. Simple to deploy (no hardware to install) and manage (no software to update), partners can start protecting their customers—on or off the corporate network—in minutes.
 
How Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace makes this integrated offering even better
By adding Cisco Umbrella to its Cloud Marketplace, Ingram Micro made it even easier for partners to sell security services. The Cloud Marketplace is a one-stop portal where partners can procure, provision and bill more than 200 cloud services. “Some additional advantage of selling Cisco Umbrella through Cloud Marketplace is that partners can bundle complementary cloud services, they gain access to simple billing tools and they receive additional support,” says Gordon Scott, Senior Market Development Executive, Cisco Cloud North America at Ingram Micro. “Plus, partners can provision Umbrella services in real time and receive discounts without having to sign up for the Opportunity Incentive Program.”
 
Partners interested in offering customers a free, two-week trial can create a login at cisco.com and register their company by agreeing to Cisco’s Indirect Channel Partner Agreement. Then they can direct their customers to signup.umbrella.com to provision their free trial. No credit card or phone call is required. Those ready to start selling now can log on to Cloud Marketplace with their Ingram Micro credentials or contact Gordon Scott for more information at gordon.scott@ingrammicro.com
 
Also, be sure to join our Cisco and Ingram Micro subject matter experts on Monday, December 16 at 1 p.m., ET for a one-hour webinar, “Meraki Voyage 101,” and learn how Meraki cloud-managed solutions can help bring your customers’ networks into the future.