Many of us work for organizations that have invested significant time and resources in hardening their cyber defenses. After all, their survival depends on making sure the good things stay in and the bad things stay out. Technologies like DNS sanitizers, firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and endpoint detection and response (EDR) solutions are all things that have become commonplace in our work environments, and for good reason. The cost of cybercrime has skyrocketed, and organizations have become painfully aware that a successful cyberattack could put them out of business permanently.

As a result, we’re protected by sophisticated technical controls when we’re in the office, which is great. But what happens at home? After all, the Internet can be a dangerous place no matter where you’re connecting from. Cyber criminals know that home networks tend to be soft targets and they attack accordingly. But fortunately, there are ways to extend some of the enterprise-grade security controls to our homes, and many are free and easy to deploy. One great example is Cisco OpenDNS Home.

OpenDNS Home is based on the Cisco Umbrella platform, which prevents DNS resolution of malicious domain names. The idea is that if your home devices can’t resolve malicious names, they can’t connect to malicious sites, which means they can’t download malware. This is a great approach, especially if you don’t stay on top of patching your home devices. And with built-in parental controls and customizable web content filtering, it’s an easy way to eliminate a lot of potential headache in the future.

To get up and running on OpenDNS Home, just click the above link and follow the directions. Four different packages are available—OpenDNS Home and Family Shield are free (the latter is preconfigured to block adult content), and OpenDNS Home VIP and Umbrella Prosumer are low-cost paid subscriptions. No matter which package you select and enable, your home network and family will be better protected.

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and what better way to celebrate than with a free, fast, and effective control like OpenDNS Home?

Ross is the CISO at Symplexity. He has achieved CCIE Security and CISSP certifications, an MBA from the University of Notre Dame, and has 20 years of experience in the fields of computer and network security engineering and consulting. Ross provides virtual CISO services for our Symplexity Secure clients and helps them to identify information security risks and implement administrative, procedural, and technical controls to mitigate. He works effectively with both technical and managerial personnel and is a trusted resource for our clients.

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