It’s hard to imagine a company that does not use some kind of web resource in its operation. Although they are essential productivity resources, the number of security incidents increases with web connections.
So even if you have the best network management policies, you still need to add more layers of security to avoid exposing your network or your users’ devices to new threats emerging on the web.
In other words, to make sure your network is secure against external connections, you need to be able to monitor them.
The big challenge is that most users are more concerned with ease of access to information and applications than with the actual state of security during browsing. That’s why Secure Web Gateways – SWG (also known content filters) are so important.
It is the responsibility of each company to determine how its users can use the web. And the features of an SWG make this challenge much easier.
These filters solve three very important aspects within companies:
Most companies can adopt SWG resources to track productivity during work hours.
The filters addresses which web pages are allowed to access and which applications can be used during business hours.
Monitored categories help prevent a user from accessing undue web destinations.
For example, BLOCKBIT Labs has more than 46.5 million categorized URLS which allows the network administrator to define which addresses are good to go. This type of intelligence helps to avoid browsing suspicious or malicious websites.
The various filters of a SWG can also help to browsing in compliance with the market regulations, as well as guide the behavior of the users to align with the security practices within the company.
4 benefits SWG will bring to your business:
1. Automate security rules
A key factor in the application of a SWG is the automation of rules to use the WEB. The filters can be defined according to the context of each company and thus it will be simpler and faster to manage the connections requested by users.
2. Apply security at the end
More ease does not equal more concern about security. Users’ risky behavior can be effectively mitigated when your company applies filters that prevent access to infected websites, which helps prevent theft of credentials and online phishing threats.
Controlling access to unknown or unclassified websites (both through SWG and Data Loss Prevention – DLP) is a good security practice for threat controls such as phishing and hijacking sensitive data.
3. Inspect Encrypted Content
Encryption is a very important technology for security, but it can also be used for malicious purposes. Filters capable of evaluating HTTPS packets are crucial to prevent the user from being surprised when browsing to a page with encrypted malicious code.
4. Applications control and other services
With the high demand for web services, social networks and cloud services, SWG makes it easy to manage these applications, controlling how much bandwidth should be available for each purpose and even blocking access.