Businesses can install a wide range of IT solutions to keep malware at bay, but perhaps the most crucial tool is one that monitors and restricts the activities of employees who use your company network. Web filters provide a layer of security that are indispensable. Here are five easy-to-understand reasons why:
Malicious software is an overwhelming day-to-day threat to data security. There are many ways for malware to infect a computer, but one of the easiest and most common is through downloads from malicious websites. File-sharing websites, in particular, are hotbeds for viruses and other threats that hide in downloads.
Simply blocking high-risk websites will eliminate thousands of risks. If employees have unfettered internet access on work computers, they may be tempted to download files for personal use, particularly if your office connection is faster than what they have at home. Restricting site access should be enough to deter them.
Data loss prevention
Data loss includes both accidental or deliberate disclosure of sensitive data. Establishing the right mix of policy, training, and technology is crucial to protecting your organization against data leakage. Beyond just blocking websites, filtering solutions can also monitor your entire network for potential leakage of sensitive data across social networks and other unsecured online platforms. It also lets you prevent access to websites where people often unwittingly share sensitive information, such as in social networks and public forums and collaboration platforms.
It’s hard to imagine building a brand these days without things like social media, video sharing, and many other online platforms we take for granted. Unfortunately, unrestricted use of these platforms in the workplace can also cause catastrophic reputational damage to a brand.
All it takes is one misinformed Tweet or Facebook status update to go viral, which is why every company needs to be mindful about who uses social media at work and how they use it. Web filtering gives you greater control over your business accounts and the way people use them. If any potentially harmful practices are taking place, filtering solutions give you the means to identify problems and prevent further mistakes.
According to a study by Spout Social, over two-thirds of employees regularly check their social media accounts while at work. With so many online distractions, it’s no surprise that so many employees are disengaged with their jobs and, as a result, waste a considerable part of their day browsing websites unrelated to work.
Although web filtering certainly doesn’t address deeper issues such as lack of engagement, it does help improve productivity by keeping online distractions to a minimum. Whether it’s online shopping, gaming, social media, or anything else, it’s important for all organizations to establish a reasonable compromise between work and play.
Internet speeds might be getting faster, but no matter how fast your network is, it only takes one app or website to bog the whole office down with slow speeds. Since most applications will use as much bandwidth as is available to them, it’s important for you to have ways to manage bandwidth consumption. This is to ensure that your critical systems always have a “fast lane” to bypass less important network traffic.
Web filtering lets you block bandwidth-intensive web apps and websites, such as download directories and file-sharing services. It also helps protect your business from certain cyberattacks designed to cause widespread disruption and downtime by attempting to consume all available bandwidth. That’s why web and content filtering is an important component of network optimization, too.
Sax Technology Advisors gives businesses a complete cybersecurity infrastructure based on the globally recognized NIST framework. Reach out to us and schedule your complimentary network assessment.