With businesses demanding more mobile worker computer capabilities and cloud services, the need for the right kind of security has grown exponentially
Hoboken, NJ and New York City, NY (PRWEB) February 19, 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-sector 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
With a company name that sounds more like a purebred, high-performance sports car than a IT support and consulting firm, eMazzanti Technologies is all about delivering powerful solutions such as Office cloud technology 365, computer network management, network troubleshooting, business continuity and disaster recovery, green computing, mobile workforce technology, information security and business information optimization in the most efficient manner possible. The Hoboken, N.J., firm is located in one of the most densely populated - and competitive - regions in the U.S. It provides business technology consulting services for companies ranging from home offices to multinational corporations throughout the New York metropolitan area and in three countries. For more information contact: Carl Mazzanti 201-360-4400 or emazzanti.net. Twitter: @emazzanti, Facebook: Facebook.com/emazzantitechnologies.