Controlling web access as a way towards security and productivity

The web is a major infection vector

Author: Eija Paajanen
Date: 25.05.2015
Read Time: 2 Minutes

In 2014, there were almost 43 million security incidents reported. That is over 117 thousand incoming attacks – every day!

Growth of security incidents by PWC
Amount of security incidents 2009-2014 by PWC

Source: PWC: Managing cyber risks in an interconnected world. Key findings from The Global State of Information Security Survey 2015

The web is known to be one of main sources of cyber-attacks. In fact, about 90% of normal attacks are made through the web in one way or another. Controlling access to websites, or which file types are allowed to run in the company network, can therefore significantly improve business security. And in addition, it also makes the working environment more productive.

By controlling website access, you can reduce productivity losses, bandwidth consumption, and legal risks caused by unauthorized employee access to inappropriate or distracting web content. By blocking access to harmful sites, you guarantee better security, as employees cannot access harmful sites in the first place.

The improvements to productivity can also be quite significant. According to a study, 89% of employees spend at least some time of their working day doing tasks that are not related to their work. What’s more dramatic is the fact that 4% of respondents confess to spending more than half of the average working day browsing the Internet for non-work-related information, and on social media!

Even if blocking web access is not a feasible approach for your company, blocking certain file types from unknown sites might be.

Most attacked software
Technologies most under cyber attack

Source: Google spreadsheet with information from Contagiodata blog

Flash, Java, etc. continue to stay at the top of the lists of targeted solutions year after year. Therefore, it is basic common sense to block these from running in your company network if they originate from unknown, or even worse, suspicious sources.

So even if Internet access and web content control alone are not enough to keep your company secure, they certainly are best practice protection measures for any security-conscious company.

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