When companies allocated a budget for security technology and services, there is the instant high confidence that the defense just implemented will not be hacked anymore. In this always changing scenario, the BYOD services alone can become a security concern if they are not adequately part of a network policy and access control. On the other hand, the company who deal every day with Internet surfing and social media need to be aware of the malware that floats on Facebook and Twitter under malicious ads.
We have been recently visiting a company in New Haven and have suggested for its network a series of appliances that will harden its Internet traffic.
If a company uses a lot the Internet every day for its social media campaigns and posts on websites to witness its presence, their IT managers should consider installing a web filtering appliance or buying a web filtering software to install on all the computers. Web filtering is a way to protect Internet surfers from malicious websites that exploit users by injecting malicious code. Web filtering protection comes in two flavors, as physical appliance and as software as a service.
Traditional antiviruses installed on each computer may provide a software firewall but may not include protection from the bad websites. Some other products provide protection from the dark web by asking users to install plugin on Chrome or Firefox.
Norton Safe DNS offers the option to change the computer dns at home with possibility to exclude websites by category, but this is a good option for home users. In a corporate environment this solution does not work, especially if the company network has one or more servers. A web filtering appliance is recommended in these types of networks because it is a dedicated machine that does not interfere with the DNS the company uses to resolve its internal queries.
Email is the other component that may get viruses. So many phishing scams and attacks are launched every day that criminals get into networks by sending millions of infected PDF and word files in hope that someone will open the infected attachment that will allow the criminal to control that particular computer. Emails at the corporate level should be protected as well with appliances or with software. PC Doctor Connecticut recommends URL Defense from Proof point. URL defense scans every URL that is sent via email, including attachments and if the address is spoofy, it is sand-boxed; it can also be deleted by the network administrator once it is recognized as bad.
However,though, just because a solution can do a dozen or so things to help with an organization’s cyber threat defenses doesn’t mean every IT security team is actually using all of the related capabilities. User’s education is always the most important asset that a company has. A user who is constantly on the Internet and does not know if a website contains malware or not, needs to know that there is a plethora of browser plugins for Chrome and Firefox that can be of immediate help. A browser that does not have a solid community of developers like Chrome and Firefox cannot guarantee a good protection form the bad websites. Internet Explorer and Edge, despite having security bugs are not recommended for heavy duty Internet users.