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An Essential Part of a Consolidated Security System
Web based threats can cause real damage and the Internet has become a new breeding ground for malicious activity targeting both consumers and businesses. Constant access to the internet via web browsers in addition to the incredible number of applications available has made the internet the medium of choice for hackers and thieves looking for new ways to disrupt services, steal information and perform malicious activities for financial gain.
Sadly corrupting computers and networks, and stealing personal data through web-borne viruses, worms and Trojan applications is now commonplace.
Ever more sophisticated attacks use technology and social engineering to trick users into executing malicious payloads that harvest confidential information. The most prevalent threat types include spyware, phishing, instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing, streaming media, social media and blended network attacks.
In addition to financial loss and legal liability, uncontrolled web access, which is common place, can result in:-.
- Lost productivity when workers access the web for non-business reasons
- Network congestion / business slowdown when valuable bandwidth is diverted from critical applications
- Increasing costs when additional Internet bandwidth must be purchased
- Lost business due to negative publicity following data breaches
So businesses need to be aware that that traditional security solutions such as firewalls, anti-virus and anti-spam are now only part of a consolidated security system to protect against external web-based attacks.
The potential for data loss and damage to business networks increases every year as criminals find new ways to penetrate defences. In addition, as government regulations and legal requirements such as PCI DSS, begin to hold company executives accountable for their employee's actions, business owners and IT professionals alike are becoming more concerned about what their employees are viewing and downloading from the Internet.
As you will already have the anti-virus, anti-spam and firewall components we are strongly recommend our customers to install or at least budget for next generation firewalls and web filtering technology as the next element of their IT security.
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