Anonymity, deceit and subterfuge have become established, lethal weapons for legions of cyber-criminals who target companies with a variety of covert malware, spam and scams that hamper employee productivity and cut profits. These criminals conceal malware inside a website to take control of company computers without users even knowing it. Once this has been achieved, the ways in which criminals can exploit the infected computers and their unfortunate owners are nearly unlimited.
Damaging attacks using rich media, open-source platforms, web 2.0 collaboration tools, social-networking sites and other emerging technologies make business networks vulnerable to this new breed of threats. When users are victimized by these stealthy, web-borne attacks, they aren’t aware that it is happening, usually because they simply visited a harmless-looking website that made bogus promises of improved health, wealth, or status.
In the ongoing war on these dangerous cyber-criminals, on-premise web-security solutions bring high costs for infrastructure, labor costs for managing the security system and the need for many hours of training for IT staff. Also, these systems consume large amounts of bandwidth and employee confidence in them is low.
A hosted web-security service, however, provides a variety of competitive advantages for organizations of all sizes, including reduced management costs, less complexity and uncertainty, maximum levels of protection, and the efficiency that comes with using a single service. Learn how a hosted web security and content filtering service operates at the Internet level to intercept web-borne viruses, spyware and phishing threats while controlling web traffic through URL filtering.