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1 Protect your business with web security ControlNow TM Whitepaper

2 Table of Contents Introduction 3 Web security takes center stage 4 Web monitoring to the rescue 5 Time s a wastin 6 The benefits of web filtering 7 Battling Bandwidth 8 Alerts 9 Value of using cloud based security 10 FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 2

3 Introduction Protect your business with web security, monitoring and url filtering. Today s networks face multiple threats, the most famous of which are external hackers; but often the most dangerous ones come from the inside. Threats from both these sides are getting more frequent and more insidious. To be truly safe, you need to protect yourself from threats from both inside and outside the business. And there are three pillars your defense-in-depth strategy can t ignore web security, web monitoring and URL filtering. All the better if all these tools work together with a common management interface. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 3

4 Web security takes center stage The biggest network menace continues to be malware in all its forms viruses, Trojans, spyware and malicious websites and executables. The first line of defense is strong web security. Here you want to block malicious websites and scan all computers and downloads for malware. The best approach is to have multiple protection engines to make sure all these nasties are discovered and eliminated. Keeping these engines up to date in real-time is vital so that zero day threats are taken care of. The new deployment model for this type of multi-layered protection is the cloud. With the cloud, threat definitions are updated in real-time, ensuring computers are up-to-date whether they are on or off the network. Cloud-based protection can be a far more efficient use of your system resources. It eliminates the need for a server, leaving just small footprint agents on the in-house equipment, handling scans and remediation efficiently and ensuring your machines aren t slowed down. Cloud-based protection can help you centralize management and make it easier for IT to manage security for your network. Agents offer the best of both worlds, blending cloud-based services with small footprint software on the endpoint. The role of the agent is to get instructions from the cloud on how to stay safe and perform the scans on the actual endpoint. Your data stays right where it is safe and secure. Web threats don t just impact on-premise workstations and servers. Remote laptops need protection as well. Malware won t just damage that remote machine; it can spread onto your organization s network. The first line of defense is strong web security. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 4

5 Web monitoring to the rescue The insider threat manifests itself in two ways. Employees can hack, transmit viruses and leak data deliberately Employee web browsing behavior can open you up to lawsuits, criminal complaints and data leakage and can be just as dangerous to your business as a break in. Not to mention the drain on productivity when workers misuse your computing resources Web monitoring can be part of the solution. In the early days this kind of monitoring got a bad rap as employees viewed it as spying. In some cases it has been misused or badly applied. However, properly applied and administered, web monitoring can save businesses from the legal exposure of the misuse of their computing resources. More and more courts are finding that the company can be responsible for what end users do on the web, and criminal and civil actions can and are being taken. With web monitoring you can proactively find and block inappropriate and dangerous use. On the productivity side you can block time wasting websites, such as Facebook, gaming sites and even ESPN. This blocking can be done in a fine tuned way so you can allow proper access to these tools for those that need it and are authorized. In the case of Facebook or Twitter you may want marketing and top execs to have access, but not the rank and file workforce. You can also apply time-based browsing rules, allowing access to some websites during lunch or before/after work. Web monitoring is only partly effective if it applies to computers within the office. How much of your workforce is mobile or works at home? These on the go machines often have full access to your network and data. An effective web monitoring tool should be able to: Watch all active connections and be able to look at past connections for forensics or to justify certain employee Internet usage See which computers most often violate policies Support fine-tuned control and at the same time can block entire categories of websites such as hacking websites, adult and abused drugs Apply different policies to different groups of computers Secure and block HTTPS traffic Reference a frequently updated database of bad websites. Every 5 minutes is best, and broad coverage is essential hundreds of millions of domains tracked is preferred which are constantly refreshed to ensure they haven t become infected with malware FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 5

6 Time s a wastin Salary.com polled 3,200 people to learn about web habits: A full 64% admit going to non-work websites daily while at work In fact, 21% waste up to 5 hours a week that s a full one-eighth of the normal work week. Most of this time is spent looking at news, conducting personal web searches, shopping, fiddling with social media or ing friends and family. Facebook is a particular time waster More disturbing, 46% admit to looking for work while at work! Blocking these sites and behaviors is apparently not a problem for workers, as nearly 80% of those asked don t mind this blocking, or that at least it wouldn t change their decision as to whether to work there. Web monitoring is a bandwidth lifesaver, and bandwidth is everything in this era of the always on, instant connection. If your users are downloading large apps, watching high-def movies, or listening to music all day, they are creating serious bandwidth problems, besides potential liability and not exactly fulfilling their work duties. These types of website can be blocked, and if there is excessive bandwidth usage, real-time alerts allow IT to take immediate action. 46% admit to looking for work while at work! FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 6

7 The benefits of web filtering Malicious or infected websites can carry a payload that can execute commands, install software, and pass data back and forth between systems. This makes the web a key way of attacking networks. That s why inbound websites can be so dangerous and the bad ones should be filtered out. So just what is web filtering? It could just as easily be called web blocking or tracking. In short, web addresses are blocked or restricted, either by IT or based on lists of dangerous URLs provided by your filtering vendor. It works by creating whitelists/blacklists or allow/block lists. Your particular allow/ block list can be based on the policies set by IT. The vendor blacklists can be updated in real-time as dangerous or malware-laden sites are discovered. Web filtering is a part of a multi-faceted approach to web security. On the incoming side, it is still mostly thought of as a way to block inappropriate content such as pornography, which can open companies up to sexual harassment claims and lawsuits. But there are many other types of sites you don t want. Known malware carriers for one. By the same token, DropBox and other file sharing and storage sites are an ideal conduit for data leakage. The filtering can work both ways, both inbound and outbound URLs. The inbound side is meant to block hack attacks. Attacks like phishing and others are based on malicious websites these URLs can carry executables that can take over systems, steal data, or cause destruction. You also have to worry about spyware. Web filtering is a market followed by TechNavio which predicts the market will grow on a CAGR basis at 13% through This growth is driven by IT s desire for more securely controlled web access. Cloud-based solutions are particularly attractive. The Global URL Filtering market has also been witnessing cloud-based URL filtering and web antivirus scanning, TechNavio found. The cloud also allows for real-time updating and fast virus detection, an analyst from the company s IT security team argued. As security threats are increasing, there is a constant need for solutions that can continuously get updated in real-time and detect viruses effectively. Cloud-based URL filtering solutions limit web access by category, URL or file type. Administrative policy can be defined for specific users or a group of users and the end-users behavior can be monitored, the analyst said. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 7

8 Battling Bandwidth Web monitoring and filtering can help you make the most of your precious bandwidth resources, delaying expensive network upgrades. These technologies can monitor and block requests to websites which are likely to host large files, and are not required for business usage such as movies or pirated application downloads. Scheduling usage limits and having clear reporting can help IT admins manage the bandwidth squeeze in their organizations. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 8

9 Alerts To respond efficiently to threats, you first have to know about them. Some services can alert IT when there are potential issues. This could include visiting unapproved sites, looking for a new job, downloading monster files, or in the event of a malware/virus attack. Real-time access and web requests can be blocked if deemed dangerous or potentially taking up too much bandwidth as with streaming media or video. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 9

10 Value of using cloud based security IT security is a tough job, one that can be made easier and cheaper by the cloud. First, instead of carrying capital expense for the security infrastructure, you pay a subscription fee shifting the model to operating expense. Even better, IT no longer has to manage the servers and software that hold the security tools. Now they can focus on more strategic functions that add business value and competitive advantage. With a multi-layered security solution in the cloud, the service provider deploys the software in highly secure, redundant and available data centers. Management is eased through the fact that you are only managing the functions rather than infrastructure. An easy to use web console is essential to effectively monitor key management information and deliver reporting functions. With an on-premises approach, when you add new software you often have to provision new hardware, set up network connections, and install and configure the application. The cloud adds services often with a simple click of the mouse with the service discovering and configuring all the devices that need covering. Once the service is installed it benefits from the ease of use and powerful economics the cloud provides. FOLLOW US & SHARE Protect your business with Web Security. 10

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