Companies who are utilising a large number of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) products, such as WebEx, Office365, Trello, Google Docs, and more, are facing new and complex security challenges. Apps and services are moving to the cloud, and companies are becoming more mobile and adopting BYOD at a faster rate than ever before.
The challenge with this is that users are connecting to the VPN – but not all the time. A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows users to securely access private networks and share data remotely through public networks. VPN’s help businesses protect the data on their computers when they are online. However, Cisco reports that 82% of workers admit to not always using their company’s VPN when accessing business documents. On top of this, 70% of branch offices have some level of direct access to the internet, instead of backhauling traffic to their headquarters and a secure online channel. These factors are significant security risks, with companies creating vulnerabilities in their network that can be exploited by hackers, malware, ransomware, bots, viruses, and much more. With the fine for a single data breach costing up to $2.1million under new Notifiable Data Breach legislation, companies need to be taking steps to secure themselves in the cloud.
The first step in risk reduction is understanding that if employees are not using the VPN, they have little to no protection - and many of the issues a company will face are associated with what happens when devices are accessing corporate data while away from the corporate network. Secure Web Gateways have been designed to help combat this issue, but are not effective in a modern, digital market. Complex to deploy, and not easy to manage, businesses need a new solution for risk reduction to meet their evolving needs. Cisco has reimagined how companies address risk, understanding that the security solutions of the past are no longer capable of addressing the threats of the future. This meant creating new technology that could protect companies engaging with mobility and with the cloud – that could form a new layer of defence for users both on and off the corporate network.
This new form of protection is the Cisco Umbrella. The industry’s first Secure Internet Gateway (SIG) in the Cloud, the Cisco Umbrella is a first line of defence against internet threats. The service utilises the internet’s infrastructure to block threats before connections are established. With security delivered from the cloud, companies benefit from reduced costs, as well as effective security that can protect users – and their data. Secure Internet Gateways (SIG) deliver a secure onramp to the internet for businesses, ensuring that users accessing this cloud-delivered internet gateway have safe and secure access. This includes times when users are off the VPN, enabling protection on the internet wherever users go. Furthermore, Cisco Cloud is:
- Easy to deploy
- Highly effective
- Minimises Latency
- Offers worldwide support
Cisco Cloud also allows businesses to learn, utilising intelligence to uncover and understand current and emerging threats. Companies also benefit from increased visibility across devices and ports – with anywhere, anytime accessibility, as well as the ability to block threats. This includes phishing, malware, and ransomware, as well as the delivery of better prevention and recovery capabilities. Because the Umbrella is delivered within the Cloud, it is an easy way to protect users quickly and in a streamlined, easy to manage manner.