How To Secure Web Gateway & Web Filtering

In Association with Perimter81

A secure web gateway offers protection against online security threats by enforcing company security policies and filtering malicious internet traffic in real-time. At a minimum, a secure web gateway offers URL filtering, application controls for web applications and the detection and filtering of malicious code. Data leak prevention features are essential. 

Secure web gateways (SWG) have become increasingly common as cyber criminals have grown more sophisticated in embedding threat vectors into seemingly innocuous or professional-looking websites. 

These counterfeit websites can compromise the enterprise as users access them, unleashing malicious code and unauthorised access in the background without the user's knowledge. The fake, criminal websites can be quite convincing.

Web filters are capable of preventing users from accessing sites that puts malicious code on the user's computer. Even on a small level, web filtering allows companies to block web sites that don't support an effective work day,as well as not fitting the requirements of their security policies.

And now Perimeter 81 has just launched its new Secure Web Gateway which also includes the highly in-demand Web Filtering features that are very popular among Network Security and IT managers. 

Benefits of Web Filtering: 

  •  Protects employees and the corporate network from web-based malicious threats.
  • Increases productivity by decreasing distractions from certain websites.
  • Prevents shadow IT and the use of unauthorized sites for business purposes.

A Secure Web Gateway protects a company’s employees and network from the dangers of the Internet. 
Web filtering is the key feature of SWG that allows the admin to determine who can reach what URL or website, even if they are not connected to the network. Users can be allowed access, denied access, or warned against proceeding.

Pain Points that Web Filtering Addresses:

  • Danger of hacks through phishing attempts of employees or employee access of malicious sites.
  • Employee use of distracting or illicit sites (such as gambling sites) during work hours.
  • Need to provide auditors with tracked web activity for compliance purposes.

How Web Filtering Works

With Perimeter 81, admins can set web filter rules using the same easy interface and quick deployment that the Perimeter 81 platform is known for. Unlike other rules in Perimeter 81, web filtering operates even when the employee is not connected to the network - in other words, the employee device is always protected with the agent running in the background.

Web Filter Rules

Web filter rules can be set per employee or employee group (for example, the marketing department may need access to social media sites to do their job, but the R&D department does not), and can also apply to specific days of the week or times. Admins can choose to block a specific site or an entire category, such as “Gaming” or “Phishing.” Categories are dynamically updated daily as new sites are identified.

Bypass Rules

There are certain cases when web filter rules should be bypassed. 

  • If there are privacy regulations – for example, if employee access of healthcare or financial sites is not allowed to be tracked.
  • If an application, such as Slack or Dropbox, needs unfiltered access.

For this we have Bypass Rules, which can be similarly set for specific employee groups, web categories, and programs.

Monitoring and Tracking

Monitoring and tracking are a fundamental and necessary part of SWG. Perimeter 81 Web Filtering tracks all employee attempted access of “denied” or “warned” sites, so that companies can take action following suspicious activity. Reports can be exported as a CSV file for auditing and analysis purposes.

For more information about Secure Web Gateways and Web Filtering please Contact Cyber Security Intelligence.

You Might Also Read:

Secure Network Access For The Modern Distributed Workforce:

 

« Ransomware Attack On Moncler
Online Daters Must Protect Themselves Against Fraud »

CyberSecurity Jobsite
Perimeter 81

Directory of Suppliers

IT Governance

IT Governance

IT Governance is a leading global provider of information security solutions. Download our free guide and find out how ISO 27001 can help protect your organisation's information.

ZenGRC

ZenGRC

ZenGRC - the first, easy-to-use, enterprise-grade information security solution for compliance and risk management - offers businesses efficient control tracking, testing, and enforcement.

Cyber Security Supplier Directory

Cyber Security Supplier Directory

Free Access: Cyber Security Supplier Directory listing 5,000+ specialist service providers.

CYRIN

CYRIN

CYRIN® Cyber Range. Real Tools, Real Attacks, Real Scenarios. See why leading educational institutions and companies in the U.S. have begun to adopt the CYRIN® system.

CSI Consulting Services

CSI Consulting Services

Get Advice From The Experts: * Training * Penetration Testing * Data Governance * GDPR Compliance. Connecting you to the best in the business.

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout

DigitalStakeout enables cyber security professionals to reduce cyber risk to their organization with proactive security solutions, providing immediate improvement in security posture and ROI.

Jooble

Jooble

Jooble is a job search aggregator operating in 71 countries worldwide. We simplify the job search process by displaying active job ads from major job boards and career sites across the internet.

Practice Labs

Practice Labs

Practice Labs is an IT competency hub, where live-lab environments give access to real equipment for hands-on practice of essential cybersecurity skills.

Authentic8

Authentic8

Authentic8 transforms how organizations secure and control the use of the web with Silo, its patented cloud browser.

CW Jobs

CW Jobs

CWJobs.co.uk is a leading specialist IT recruitment website covering all areas of IT including Cyber Security.

Vade Secure

Vade Secure

Vade Secure provides protection against the most sophisticated email scams such as phishing and spear phishing, malware and ransomware.

Information Systems Security Partners (ISSP)

Information Systems Security Partners (ISSP)

ISSP is a specialized system integrator focused on the information security needs of its corporate clients and providing best in class products and services for securing organizational information.

Procsima Group

Procsima Group

Procsima Group was created to help you achieve good IT management and security excellence.

Bio-Morphis

Bio-Morphis

Bio-Morphis Reflex solution is a paradigm shift in the approach to information systems security.

Henderson Scott

Henderson Scott

Henderson Scott is a provider of award winning IT recruitment services in core technical markets including Cyber & Information Security.

Quantum Armor

Quantum Armor

Quantum Armor is a next-gen cyber security monitoring platform that allows you to continuously stay aware of your security posture, and proactively spot trends, vulnerabilities and potential attacks.

SecureLink

SecureLink

SecureLink is the leader in third party security, providing secure third-party remote access for both highly regulated enterprise organizations and technology vendors.

Drawbridge

Drawbridge

Drawbridge is a premier provider of cybersecurity software and solutions to the alternative investment industry.