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February 24 2020

How does cybersecurity relate to productivity?

Network performance is a common challenge for many companies, due to multiple requests for services and web applications from users.

Although access to online content is crucial for different tasks, not all applications meet business objectives. There are countless examples of users who use part of their productive time to access trivial information on news websites, stay up to date on social media changes and even entertain themselves by playing games.

In these cases, time is money.

What is a secure web gateway?

To preserve the level of productivity, content filters can be useful for businesses. Also known as the Secure Web Gateway, these controls can track any communication request to web applications. In addition, the information collected can be used to better scale the use of network resources.

This type of feature is a security layer, as it has capabilities to study abnormal traffic (even encryption) in real time, evaluating the reputation of URLs, browsers, files and applications.
On the other hand, companies can use them to strengthen their policies, habits that promote better results for their team:

-          Gives preference to bandwidth for essential network resources;

-          Avoid inappropriate or inappropriate content;

-          Protect users while surfing the net.

But you may not yet understand the benefits of this type of function. Let's highlight some:

  • Increase productivity

Think of users who use part of your company's bandwidth to download videos or access streaming services, for example. There are two obvious impacts on this type of behaviour. First, the user can explore these entertainment features and achieve less than established goals. Second, part of the band is being used for purposes other than those important to the business.

Depending on the application used, the user's recreational activity may even cause poor performance for other essential network resources.

Although blocking access to any web service is not the solution in all cases, it is possible to establish filters to direct user behaviour. For example, you can set rules to access certain applications or addresses at lunchtime, but restrict them during business hours.

  • Protect against misinformation

The information security industry always proclaims that the user is the most fragile link in the chain. This is closely related to the level of good practice information that people have when they use online resources.

There are several types of threats on the web, such as scams that try to deceive the uninformed. For this, the content filters have category classification, which companies can select based on their security policy. For example, you can limit access to online gaming sites, where there are many threats of phishing and crypto mining.

Abnormal traffic can lead to the transport of malware and viruses. Many techniques can be avoided to attack web applications through the control of potentially malicious addresses, which are classified according to the intelligence bases used by this type of control.

  • Reduce legal risks

What happens if some users have access to illegal content? In these situations, the company will be responsible for the activities of its users on the web.

Like inappropriate content categories, filters can restrict keywords that in most cases are risky for the company. The adoption of this type of rule can eliminate the risk of browsing pornography, drugs, violence, discrimination and other issues.

In summary, content filters can be used as a productivity and / or security feature. But the important thing is that, regardless of the purpose of your company, both advantages can be achieved successfully.

 

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