Case Study | October 13, 2010

White Paper: When The Cloud Improves Security

By Fran Howarth, Senior Analyst - Security

Malware threats are on the rise and the attacks are growing in sophistication and complexity. Individuals and specific organizations are increasingly being targeted, using exploits that rely on more than one attack vector, often combining a phishing email with web-borne malware. Many attacks today play to human nature, using social engineering techniques to trick users into giving away information or downloading content riddled with a malicious payload.

Web security tools help protect organizations against crimeware and malware entering their organization, and against confidential data leaking out of their networks. Yet, modern internet tools are making websites even more of a security risk owing to the high level of interactivity that Web 2.0 and social networking applications enable. It is estimated that 80% of internet users accessed social networking sites in 2009 and criminals tend to target places where people congregate.

To use the service, users just need to connect via an internet browser to receive the benefits of protection against threats emanating from the cloud. This makes the use of such a service useful for mobile workers not physically present in an office, since they can access the service directly without having to set up a VPN connection to reach the resources that they wish to access. With mobile technologies growing in importance, it is essential that mobile workers are not left out in the cold.

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