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Cisco Umbrella Alternative for Web Filtering & Internet Monitoring

Looking for easy-to-use OpenDNS and Cisco Umbrella alternatives to stop employees from visiting dangerous, inappropriate, and distracting websites?

Both Cisco Umbrella (formerly OpenDNS Enterprise) and CurrentWare can monitor and control internet use—which should you choose?

We will compare the web filtering, internet monitoring, and DLP features of Cisco Umbrella to the CurrentWare’s Cisco Umbrella alternatives so you can choose the right fit for your company.

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Find a Web Security Solution For Your Needs

When to Use CurrentWare’s Cisco Umbrella alternatives When to Use Cisco Umbrella
  • You need a cost-effective and easy-to-use solution for blocking and monitoring internet use
  • You need greater visibility and control over locally run executable apps
  • You’d like an intuitive and flexible solution for enforcing internet use policies, preventing data theft to USB devices, and monitoring employee computer use

 

  • You want to consolidate multiple network security products with advanced features (IPS, CASB, SWG, etc) into a single Secure Access Service Edge (SASE)
  • You would prefer DNS filtering services with full SSL inspection for thoroughly inspecting encrypted traffic in your network

 

Compare CurrentWare vs. Cisco Umbrella Features

 Web Security

This section will compare the web content filtering features of CurrentWare’s Cisco Umbrella alternatives to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS web filtering.

CurrentWare’s web filter BrowseControl is a fantastic Cisco Umbrella alternative for controlling employee internet access.

It has all the features you need to proactively block undesirable websites and applications to help protect users from web-based threats and keep your workforce secure and productive. 

If you need a basic web filter for content filtering, BrowseControl is one of the top alternatives to Cisco Umbrella. If you need advanced features for threat protection Cisco Umbrella goes beyond content filtering and blocks malware with real time deep analysis of web pages.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
URL Filtering
Block Sites via IP Addresses
Scheduled Blocking
⚠️* SSL Inspection
Time-Based Controls
Port Filtering
Block Applications ⚠️
Cloud Apps Only
DNS Layer Filtering
Category Filtering (malicious domains, adult sites, etc)
User Group Policies
Computer Group Policies
Custom Block Pages
Manage Remote Users
Antimalware Scanning
Enforce Google SafeSearch

 

*In Development

Employee Monitoring

This section will compare the employee monitoring and granular reporting features of CurrentWare to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS

CurrentWare’s employee monitoring software gives you the internet and application usage data you need to track employee performance, monitor remote workers, and ensure that employees are following your acceptable use policy.

The CurrentWare Suite includes a variety of user activity monitoring solutions to assist with insider threat protection, business intelligence, and employee productivity management.

 

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Email Reports & Alerts
Remote Screen Capture
Scheduled Monitoring
Productive vs. Unproductive Time
Track Local Software Usage
Search Query Reports
Idle Time Tracking
USB Activity Reports & Alerts
Monitor Remote Workers
Track & Compare Activity by IP Address
Bandwidth Usage Tracking ⚠️
Cloud Apps Only
URL Category Tracking
Audit Logons

Data Loss Prevention & Cybersecurity

This section will compare the data loss prevention features of CurrentWare to Cisco Umbrella/OpenDNS.

Monitoring and restricting USB file transfers is critical for protecting data against insider theft. CurrentWare’s AccessPatrol lets you restrict the use of a wide variety of peripheral devices including external storage hardware, Bluetooth, WiFi, and printers.

While Cisco Umbrella has excellent DNS security essentials, it lacks USB control features. For comprehensive protection you can combine the cloud based service of Cisco Umbrella with CurrentWare’s endpoint security solutions. This will ensure that both your endpoints and networks are secure. 

 

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Block USB & Storage Devices
Malware Sandboxing
USB Activity Reports & Alerts
Allow Trusted Peripherals
Block High-Risk Websites
CASB
Intrusion Prevention System (IPS)
Block External Devices
Block USB File Transfers
In-Line Content Inspection

Setup & Deployment

Thanks to its simple interface and setup process, getting started with CurrentWare is easy—whether or not you’re an experienced system administrator. CurrentWare offers a variety deployment options that suit the installation needs of organizations of all sizes.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Central Admin Console
On-Premises

Self Hosted Private Clouds
Cloud Platform
Local & Remote Client Install
Command-line Deployment
Active Directory Installation
AD Integration
Compatible with Windows
Compatible with MacOS
Manage Remote Users

Customer Support

Even the best Cisco Umbrella competitors have to have a reliable support team to ensure that its customers get the services they need to integrate the filtering solution. This section will compare the customer support options of Cisco Umbrella to CurrentWare’s Cisco Umbrella alternative.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
8:30 – 5:30 PM EST M-F Support Availability 24 x 7
Live Chat Feature ⚠️
AI Chat Bot
Phone Support
Training Videos
Email Support
Knowledge Base

CASE STUDY
Web Filtering & Internet Safety In Education

Exposing students to the digital world comes with a responsibility
to protect them. Students love BrowseControl because it gives them a safe working environment and prevents potential bad actors from interrupting their educational experience."

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

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"This software was easy to install and customize to our needs. Category Filtering is such a time saver and of course saving time is saving money!"

Scott S, Senior Systems Engineer
201-500 Employees

"BrowseControl is the best software for internet filtering. We can block specific websites and applications...[being able to] add and remove the restrictions instantly is a great feature. They have a great customer support to solve our queries."

Ajoob S, Engineer
501-1000 Employees

"The software actually does what was advertised and the support is great! We were able to have the software up and running on the same day with no issues or even a call/email to their support."

Ken W, IT Manager
201-500 Employees

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CurrentWare’s Advantageous Pricing

Why pay thousands of dollars for Cisco Umbrella when you simply want to block websites and monitor employee internet use?

The full CurrentWare Suite starts at a cost-effective $8.99 USD per user per month. When purchased individually,  BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, and AccessPatrol starts as low as $3.99 USD PUPM

Education Discounts

Education & Nonprofit Discounts

CurrentWare offers educational and nonprofit organizations 10% off of any of the products in the CurrentWare Suite.

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Deals for Managed Service Providers

CurrentWare’s MSPs and resellers get advantageous pricing on their licenses

volume licensing

Volume Licensing

Volume-based licensing starts as low as 100 users to provide advantageous pricing for any business that needs to manage multiple devices.

Prepurchase Discounts

Pricing breaks are available for businesses that sign up for multi-year plans, or have future growth planned and can commit to bulk orders.

Starting at $3.99 USD PUPM

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Cisco Umbrella Pricing & Packages

Looking for Cisco Umbrella pricing? Unfortunately there is no Cisco Umbrella cost publicly listed on their website.

There are four distinct Cisco Umbrella packages: DNS Security Essentials, DNS Security Advantage, SIG Essentials, and SIG Advantage.

The DNS Security Essentials package of Cisco Umbrella focuses on basic DNS layer web filtering by domain or category; it does not include support for URL filtering. To get URL filtering you will need to upgrade to their SIG (secure internet gateway) plans.

Cisco Umbrella also offers a DNS Monitoring Package that provides free, recursive DNS services with real-time reporting and categorization.

Cisco Umbrella has paid support tiers. Pricing is not publicly available, though they do provide a support packages datasheet with more information.

This section will further compare the other features between CurrentWare’s Cisco Umbrella alternative and its various DNS security and secure internet gateway plans.

CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Full SSL inspection
Web filtering by domain or category
DNS Filtering
Custom block/allow lists of domains
Custom block/allow lists of URLs
Block files based on AV Engine and malware defense
Sandboxing
Cloud app discovery ⚠️
Partial Support
Scan and remove malware from cloud-based file storage apps
Block domains with malware, phishing emails, botnet, or other high risk items
Block specific IPs, ports, and protocols
Layer 7 protection including an Intrusion Prevention System
In-line DLP inspection and blocking capabilities
Remote browser isolation ❌ 
Create policies and view reports by network, device, and user ✅ 
Customize block pages
CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Proxy and inspect web traffic (incl. decryption of SSL (HTTPS) traffic) ⚠️
Partial Support
DNS Filtering
Web filtering by domain or category
Custom block/allow lists of domains
Custom block/allow lists of URLs
Block files based on AV Engine and malware protection ⚠️
Partial Support
Sandboxing
Cloud app discovery ⚠️
Partial Support
Scan and remove malware from cloud-based file storage apps
Block domains with malware, phishing, botnet, or other high risk items
Block specific IPs, ports, and protocols
Layer 7 protection including an Intrusion Prevention System
In-line DLP inspection and blocking capabilities
Remote browser isolation ❌ 
Create policies and view reports by network, device, and user ✅ 
Customize block pages
CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Proxy and inspect web traffic (incl. decryption of SSL (HTTPS) traffic)
DNS Filtering
Web filtering by domain or category
Custom block/allow lists of domains
Custom block/allow lists of URLs
Block files based on AV Engine and malware protection
Sandboxing ⚠️
500/Day
Cloud app discovery
Scan and remove malware from cloud-based file storage apps ⚠️
Partial Support
Block domains with malware, phishing, botnet, or other high risk items
Block specific IPs, ports, and protocols
Layer 7 protection including an Intrusion Prevention System ⚠️
Add-On
In-line DLP inspection and blocking capabilities ⚠️
Add-On
Remote browser isolation ⚠️
Add-On
Create policies and view reports by network, device, and user ✅ 
Customize block pages
CurrentWare vs Cisco Umbrella
Proxy and inspect web traffic (incl. decryption of SSL (HTTPS) traffic)
DNS Filtering
Web filtering by domain or category
Custom block/allow lists of domains
Custom block/allow lists of URLs
Block files based on AV Engine and malware defense
Sandboxing
Cloud app discovery
Scan and remove malware from cloud-based file storage apps
Block domains with malware, phishing, botnet, or other high risk items
Block specific IPs, ports, and protocols
Layer 7 protection including an Intrusion Prevention System
In-line DLP inspection and blocking capabilities
Remote browser isolation ⚠️
Add-On
Create policies and view reports by network, device, and user ✅ 
Customize block pages

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Sample User Activity Reports From CurrentWare’s OpenDNS Alternative

User Activity Dashboards

  • Use the collected data to review aggregated results of your entire workforce or drill down to individual users
  • Select the date range and activities you want to populate the dashboard with
  • Use the activity log to review raw data; add/remove columns, sort data, and export to .XLSX or .PDF

Track Productive vs Unproductive Time

Employee Productivity Dashboard
  • View time spent on productive vs unproductive web browsing & app use
  • Customize to what is considered productive in your organization
  • Compare trends in aggregated & individual productivity over time
  • Use the Productivity by Location reports to ensure you have a productive remote workforce by comparing productivity levels between time spent in-office vs time spent working remotely

Idle Time Tracking

Screenshot of BrowseReporter's employee idle time tracking dashboard
  • Find out when remote employees are idling for too long or spending too much time on non-work related activities
  • Customize idle time based on the last keyboard/mouse inputs
  • Discover which departments or employees are the most active

See What Websites are Browsed the Most

  • Find out what the top browsed productive, unproductive, and neutral websites are
  • See which groups are the most active internet users
  • Review what categories of websites are being visited

Monitor Bandwidth Consumption

BrowseReporter internet bandwidth usage dashboard
  • Detect bandwidth hogging websites on your network
  • Review bandwidth usage trends to inform network capacity planning
  • See which individual users or groups have the greatest bandwidth usage

Track Application Usage

BrowseReporter's software application usage monitoring dashboard with graphs
  • Detect the use of unauthorized software applications
  • Find out what the most popular apps are and how long they're used for each day
  • Determine software adoption rates through user activity data

Take Screenshots Of Your Employees’ Desktops

BrowseReporter's employee desktop screen capture feature with a grid of screenshots displayed

Taking screenshots of your employees' desktops lets you see exactly what they are doing on their computers.

  • Capture high-resolution and compressed screenshots of your employee’s desktops
  • BrowseReporter can be configured to automatically delete older screenshots to reduce storage requirements
  • Screenshots are tagged with the website or application that was being used, the time, and the name of the computer that was captured
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CurrentWare Features

Internet Off

Internet ON/OFF

One click to completely block
the Internet

Internet Off

URL Filter

Allowed list or Blocked list for
specific URLs

Internet Off

Category Filtering

Block websites based on
content categories

Internet Off

Internet Scheduler

Set unique restrictions at specific
times of the day

Internet Off

Internet Monitoring

Track what websites are being
visited by employees

Internet Off

Web Activity Reports

15+ different detailed web
activity reports

Internet Off

Track Application Use

See what applications are being
used by employees

Internet Off

Email Reports

Automatically email reports of web
usage to managers

Internet Off

Block USB

Block unauthorized USBs to protect
against data theft

Internet Off

Block External Devices

Easily block DVDs, external drives
& other peripherals

Internet Off

Device Permissions

Set full access, read only or no
access on storage devices

Internet Off

Allowed List

Allow specific storage devices on
your network

Internet Off

Centralized Console

Manage all your users from the
centralized console with Active
Directory import or syncing

Internet Off

Platform Security

Protect your CurrentWare console
with 2FA, passwords, privilege
management, and more

Internet Off

Offsite Management

Extend onsite Internet usage
policies to laptops running outside
the corporate network

Internet Off

SQL Server Supported

Database scaled for enterprise and
large business operations using
Microsoft SQL Server

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Get Advanced  Activity Insights

BrowseReporter is a versatile employee monitoring software to track productivity and efficiency.

  • Make informed decisions
  • Enforce company policies
  • Improve productivity

Employee Productivity Dashboard

Block Dangerous & Unwanted Sites

BrowseControl is an easy-to-use website blocking software for restricting internet access.

  • Block URLs & categories
  • Block unwanted apps
  • Website allow & block lists

Screenshot of category filtering window from BrowseControl web filter. Porn and social media categories blocked.

Stop Data Theft to USB Devices

AccessPatrol is USB control software to protect sensitive data against theft to portable storage devices.

  • Block USB devices
  • USB file activity alerts
  • Block file transfers

Device Blocking window Screenshot of CurrentWare's USB device control software AccessPatrol

Remotely Control PC Power States

enPowerManager is a remote PC power manager for centrally managing power settings across all endpoints.

  • Track logon and logoff times
  • Log PC power event history
  • Remotely shutdown PCs

Screenshot of enPowerManager's PC power schedule with weekly boot, restart, and shutdown events scheduled

See How CurrentWare Compares to Other Competitors

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Employee Monitoring

InterGuard

Web Filter, DLP & UAM

WebTitan

Web Filtering

ActivTrak

Workforce Analytics

Forcepoint

Internet Security

Cisco Umbrella

Internet Security

Teramind

DLP & UAM

Kaspersky

Endpoint Security

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does CurrentWare Have Access To Employee Data?

No, CurrentWare cannot access your employee’s computer monitoring data. CurrentWare’s software does not send your user’s computer usage data to CurrentWare. They are installed and managed by your organization.

All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s software is stored on a database that is installed in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider.

For more information please refer to our Terms of Service.

Is This a Cloud Product?

The CurrentWare Suite can be deployed on-premises or on a cloud platform of your choice. Both deployment option are compatible with remote workers with a few configuration changes.

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Will CurrentWare Track Web Browsing When Users Uses Private Browsing Modes or Delete Their Browsing History?

Yes. CurrentWare’s software client collects user activity data indepedent of the browser’s browsing history.

Internet browsing data will remain intact for use in reports and dashboards even if the user deletes their web browsing history in their browser or uses a private browsing function such as Incognito Mode On Google Chrome, Private Browsing On Mozilla Firefox, and InPrivate Browsing Window On Microsoft Edge.

What Is Employee Monitoring Software?

Employee monitoring software is an app that tracks employee computer activity. The goal of employee computer monitoring software is to improve productivity and efficiency by using activity data to better understand how a workforce operates. This data is used to track time spent on projects, identify time spent on unproductive activities, and increase the visibility of a remote workforce.

Does CurrentWare Work With Remote Workers?

Yes. CurrentWare’s computer monitoring software allows you to monitor remote workers through a variety of deployment options such as an offsite mode that works without access to the internet, connecting through a VPN, port forwarding, or by installing it on a cloud platform of your choice.

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Who Uses Employee Monitoring Software?

Employee computer monitoring software is used by a wide variety of industries. It is most commonly found in industries that are required to monitor employee computer activity for data security compliance purposes. Examples of common industries include financial services, government, and health care.

What Are the Benefits of Employee Monitoring Software?

  • Improve Productivity: Employee computer activity data provides managers with the insights they need to make informed productivity management decisions. This includes identifying disengaged employees, balancing workloads, and optimizing work processes.
  • Manage Risks: Monitoring employee computer activity helps limit legal liability and reduces cybersecurity risks by ensuring that acceptable use policies are being followed.
  • Save Money: Employee computer monitoring software provides valuable workforce analytics data. This data can be used to reduce software wastage, detect time theft, and improve operational efficiency.

Are There Any Limits To The Free Trial?

The free trial for all of CurrentWare’s computer monitoring software solutions are fully functional. You can deploy it on up to 10 computers for 14 days. If you need more time or more computers to properly evaluate CurrentWare in your organization, reach out to our sales team.

How Much Does CurrentWare Cost?

CurrentWare’s solutions can be purchased individually for the greatest flexibility or as a bundle for the best value.

When purchased individually, the cost of BrowseReporter, BrowseControl, and AccessPatrol starts as low as $3.99 USD per user per month (paid annually).

Volume license discounts are available starting for as low as 100 users, with discounts increasing depending on the number of licenses.

There are additional discounts available for educational organizations, non-profits, managed services providers, and for businesses that pre-purchase multiple year plans.

Looking for a quote? Contact our sales team here.

Is Employee Monitoring Software Legal?

The legality of employee monitoring depends entirely on regulations and other legislation that are specific to the organization, its industry, and the jurisdiction of its employees.

The recommended best practice is to have employees read and sign a technology in the workplace policy where they acknowledge that they are aware that their activity is being monitored.

An example of mandated employee consent can be seen in Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which requires that employers inform employees that they are being monitored in the workplace, why they are being monitored, how their data will be used, and the methods that will be used to monitor them (security cameras, employee computer monitoring software, etc).

How is the CurrentWare Suite Secured?

CurrentWare is committed to the security of its platform, its users and their data. 

  • All of the data collected by CurrentWare’s solutions is stored in your organization’s data center or cloud service provider; the data is not sent to CurrentWare.
  • The web console cannot be accessed without a username and password. For an added layer of authentication security you can enable two-factor authentication.
  • You can selectively enable/disable what data is tracked and delete old records automatically.

For a complete overview of the security measures that CurrentWare has in place, check out the CurrentWare platform security overview page.

What is Cisco Umbrella?

Cisco Umbrella (OpenDNS Umbrella) is an enterprise-grade network security platform and cloud delivered firewall for protecting a corporate network against various online threats such as phishing sites. It was formerly called OpenDNS Enterprise before Cisco acquired OpenDNS in 2015.

The Cisco Umbrella global network provides multiple security features to help businesses better protect their networks, data, and employees from web-based threats such as malware, ransomware and phishing.

Cisco Umbrella is best used as a DNS-level internet security solution. To simply block access to malicious sites and enforce internet security policies you can consider Cisco Umbrella competitors such as BrowseControl web filtering software and other security solutions.

 

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