With businesses demanding more mobile worker computer capabilities and cloud services, the need for the right kind of security has grown exponentially.
Hoboken, New Jersey and New York City, NY (PRWEB) October 10, 2013
eMazzanti Technologies, a Hoboken, New Jersey and New York City area IT expert and computer consultant, announces a new security resources website for small and medium businesses. The website (http://www.guarddepot.com) is a partnership with WatchGuard, a leader in next-generation network security solutions.
“As a WatchGuard Partner of the Year for three consecutive years, we understand the latest security issues and solutions in the marketplace,” notes Jennifer Mazzanti, president, eMazzanti Technologies. “With businesses demanding more mobile worker computer capabilities and cloud services, the need for the right kind of security has grown exponentially.”
Security Challenges and Trends
The growth in IP networks and proliferation of new applications, devices, and web technologies in the workplace creates more potential vulnerabilities for IT networks. As companies trend toward additional applications running in the cloud, even more network traffic will pass beyond the trusted LAN and outside the firewall. Thus, assault vectors shift, and new threats spring up hourly from spyware, spam, viruses, Trojans, web exploits, and blended threats.
The Web Is a Key Battleground
The web is the vector through which malware propagates in most networks. With the web providing such a broad attack surface, social networking is a growing risk as organizations rely on social media. A Robert Half Technology survey of 1,400 CIOs showed that 51 percent of them permitted employees to use social media sites like Twitter and Facebook on the job as long as it’s for business purposes.
Social media is built around a culture of trust, yet social media sites lack the technical means to validate that people really are whom they say they are. The same is true of apps; there is only nominal validation, and social media users can put their computers and the organization’s network at risk. On some social networking sites, apps have access to profile information and the browser, essentially the same access as a “friend.” Many of these sites have various technical vulnerabilities:
- HTTP has no built-in security
- The complexity of web 2.0 applications can lead to imperfect code, which can open up social networking sites to SQL injection and cross-site scripting attacks.
Criminals target high-traffic sites. Facebook is the most visited site on the web, followed by YouTube. Unfortunately, criminals exploit user trust and induce people to visit malware sites, download applications that contain malware, or otherwise compromise the client computer and infect the network.Public-sect
or and private-sector businesses find that they need to go beyond security protection and consider workforce productivity solutions. Public-sector organizations need to stay accountable to constituents for how employees use publicly funded computing resources and their time. Both types of organizations desire to avoid scandals and ensure employee productivity. Increasingly, they rely on security services that restrict Internet and application usage to what is appropriate for the workplace.
“Businesses are discovering that a multi-layer security solution is becoming the default standard for network security solutions,” continued Mazzanti.
About eMazzanti Technologies
eMazzanti Technologies’ team of trained, certified experts provide 24x7 outsourced IT support to help ensure business productivity, address challenges of growth, cloud computing, mobility, critical business continuity and disaster recovery demands. The consultancy has special expertise in manufacturing, distribution, retail, financial, architectural, engineering, construction, government, educational, legal services, accounting, marketing communications, and healthcare market segments, while maintaining high customer satisfaction levels. Flexible support plans range from fixed-fee, around-the-clock network management where eMazzanti functions as an extension of a businesses’ IT staff to a custom-solution provided on an as-needed basis. eMazzanti serves the Hoboken, NJ and NYC area markets as well as regional, national and international business support requirements. The IT firm is Microsoft's 2012 Partner of the Year and on-going Gold Partner, Microsoft Northeast Region Partner of the Year, a four-time recipient of WatchGuard's Partner of the Year and has achieved the Inc. 5000 list for the fourth year in a row. Download the free article: How to Select an IT Provider here. More than 400 companies trust their IT support needs to eMazzanti Technologies. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti , Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.