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Mitigating Threats Associated with Downloading Files in Native File Format

Posted by Mehul Patel on Jul 10, 2020

File-based threats are occurring with greater frequency and higher success rates as threat actors have continued to hone and adapt their social engineering and spearphishing skills to fit today’s trends, such as cloud transformation. Consider that hundreds of millions of users are now working remotely and relying on Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms and rich web apps to improve mobility and productivity.

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Tags: isolation, security, SaaS, internet access, cloud-delivered security, remote access, CDR, Content Reconstruction

Fast User Access to SaaS for Users on Home Wi-Fi

Posted by Mehul Patel on Jul 9, 2020

Secure Remote Worker Use Case 1: Ensure Fast, Secure Access to SaaS Platforms

Even before Covid-19 forced the adoption of work-from-home policies across the globe, the workforce had been getting more remote, more distributed, and more dependent on Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms. In turn, organizations have been looking for a new way to protect these remote users from today’s increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Phishing attacks remain one of the biggest threats as malicious attackers take advantage of the new normal to trick users into downloading malware or giving up their credentials.

 

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Tags: phishing, ransomware, anti-phishing, SWG, Secure Remote Worker, Working From Home, CASB, cloud-delivered security, Digital Workforce, Remote Work

Securing the New Normal: Future of Work

Posted by Mehul Patel on Jul 2, 2020

For most of us, working has always been social. We’d commute to an office every day where we’d spend our day in strategy meetings and whiteboard sessions, grab a coffee to catch up with colleagues, and catch the boss while walking the hall to provide the latest project update. Once in a while, if we had a personal appointment, a customer meeting across town, or an early-morning conference call from overseas, we’d be able to work from home, logging in from a VPN where we’d have secure access to productivity tools.

 

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Tags: phishing, ransomware, anti-phishing, SWG, Secure Remote Worker, CASB, Digital Workforce, Remote Work

Menlo Security Thwarts Covid-19–Related Phishing Attacks

Posted by Mehul Patel on Jun 24, 2020

Threat actors can be ruthless. They use social engineering to comb through people’s personal and professional lives to uncover details that they can use in spearphishing campaigns to manipulate users into unwittingly downloading malware or giving up their credentials

 

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Tags: phishing, isolation, security, Isolation Core, Cloud Proxy, Secure Remote Worker, Remote Working, SaaS, internet access, cloud-delivered security

Global Cloud Proxies Are Essential to the Future of Remote Work Says Gartner

Posted by Mehul Patel on May 5, 2020

In our last two posts, we talked about the unexpected acceleration of remote work  resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic and how VPNs are incapable of providing reliable, secure Internet access  to all of these new remote employees. It’s clear that a new network architecture is needed, but it is too much to expect organizations to completely rip out and replace their network architecture all at once. A measured, step-by-step approach is more practical.

 

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Tags: secure web gateways, Cloud Proxy, SWG, VPN Off load, SASE

Time to Rethink How You Provide Secure Internet Access for Remote Workers

Posted by Mehul Patel on Apr 28, 2020

In my last blog , I explored how the COVID-19 global pandemic has accelerated the future of work. Literally overnight, the population of remote employees at most organizations went from 10 percent to 100 percent of the workforce. This has put an enormous strain on network architectures that were built on a traditional hub-and-spoke model that requires security to be delivered centrally. Both inbound and outbound traffic is backhauled through a VPN to the data center, where security policies are then applied—essentially extending data center control and visibility to remote workers.

 

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Tags: Isolation Core, Cloud Proxy, Secure Remote Worker, Remote Working

Is COVID-19 Going to Accelerate the Future of Work?

Posted by Mehul Patel on Apr 21, 2020

Literally overnight, COVID-19 fundamentally changed the way we work. The future of work was always going to be remote, based in the cloud, and mobile. Trends were heading that way even before hundreds of millions of workers were ordered to shelter in place for the foreseeable future last month, but the change was supposed to be gradual—played out over the course of years or decades as technology enabled safe, secure access to the tools and information remote workers need to keep the business running. COVID-19 simply accelerated that trend—pushing the population of remote employees at most organizations from 10 percent to 100 percent of the workforce over the span of a few days.

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Tags: SWG, Secure Remote Worker, Remote Working, SaaS

SaaS Adoption Eliminates Visibility Into and Control Over Users’ Web Browsing Behavior

Posted by Mehul Patel on Apr 9, 2020

We’ve been talking a lot recently about how changing work habits will disrupt enterprise security in 2020. Workers are becoming increasingly mobile, and enterprises continue to move mission-critical systems to the cloud. The problem is that traditional security strategies are not able to keep up with the changing web traffic patterns and volumes caused by these workplace shifts. The result is a broken security stack  and increased costs .

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Tags: Remote, Mobility, Cloud Adoption, Secure Remote Worker, Working From Home

Mobility and Cloud Adoption Conspire to Explode Security Appliance Costs

Posted by Mehul Patel on Apr 6, 2020

In my last blog post, I made the case that increasing workforce mobility and enterprise cloud adoption will disrupt traditional cybersecurity stacks in 2020. I argued that organizations that didn’t take these macro trends into account and radically rethink their cybersecurity strategies were putting their users, systems, and data at risk.

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2020 Will Be the Year That SaaS Breaks Enterprise Security

Posted by Mehul Patel on Apr 1, 2020

There’s no doubt that the web is now the most important business tool for users. Critical systems such as ERP, CRM, collaboration and communication platforms, customer-facing apps, and other business tools that were once on-prem are moving to the cloud. Users can log on from anywhere and access all the information they need to conduct business on a daily basis.

 

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Tags: Remote, Mobility, Cloud Adoption, Secure Remote Worker, Working From Home

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