The proliferation of the Internet in SMB business and productivity comes with its own set of perils. SMBs are mostly unprepared for Internet-based attacks and there is a general lack of awareness and contingency planning that puts them in the high-risk category from sophisticated attackers who use state-of-the-art technology and social engineering to fish out their prey. This has led to a rise in the number of problems associated with a lack of control over Internet usage such as:
- Low productivity
- Bandwidth drainage
- Legal liability through access to inappropriate or illegal content
Derelict Internet access can open the internal network of SMBs to cyber-heists, insider attacks, spyware, malicious mobile code, key loggers, VoIP attacks and phishing and fraudulent websites. Looming concerns over threats from remote or distributed settings are real; such as when employees are using hotel networks or public kiosks or are in a Wi-Fi hot spot, or are travelling abroad and are exposed to threats getting into the corporate network when they launch a VPN client. Access to information must be controlled on a per-user basis to maintain network integrity. This makes it almost obligatory for SMEs to monitor and control web content access.
SMEs need a solution that allows them to configure their network policy in a way that:
- Empowers the employees and boosts their productivity.
- Secures the network and protects sensitive data.
Quick Heal Unified Threat Management (UTM) is an evolved version of the traditional firewall that not only guards against intrusion but also performs content filtering, spam filtering, intrusion detection and anti-virus duties traditionally handled by multiple systems. A product from the house of Quick Heal, the leading security solution provider in India, Quick Heal Unified Threat Management (UTM) is gateway protection that offers a combination of security solutions. Some of the basic components of Quick Heal Unified Threat Management (UTM) are:
- Firewall – Administrators can block or allow access for each protocol, to each internal network, user and user group.
- IPS/IDS– Prevents network from mass attacks like DoS and DDoS so that the network remains unaffected from remote and sync flood attacks.
- Gateway Mail Protection– Scans inbound and outbound email messages and email attachments. AntiSpam scans and runs a series of tests on inbound email messages.
- Content Filtering– Prevents viewing of inappropriate web sites.
- Gateway Anti-Virus– Protection provides another layer augmenting existing desktop virus solutions.
- VPN– Provides the IT administrators with means for secure communications with the company’s remote users and for building secure site-to-site connections.
Site-to-Site VPN: Allows organizations to connect their multiple sites and share data resources via secured and encrypted packet transmission.
User-to-Site VPN: Allows roaming users to securely connect to the office network while using a public network.
- Bandwidth Manager– Simplifies the IT administrator’s task of allocating bandwidth on the basis of usage among users and user groups and saves the bandwidth cost of the company as they only spend on what they need.
- Load Balancing– Allows multiple ISPs to be used in a network simultaneously, enabling users to utilize the same gateway irrespective of the ISP lines.
- Automatic Link Failover– Automatically diverts the data traffic from inactive ISP lines to active ISP lines in case any of the ISP lines fail to perform.
- IT Policy Management– On-device comprehensive logging and reporting. User friendly web-based configuration.
These features conveniently replace the mayhem associated with numerous security solutions, thus creating an integrated and impermissible defense against threats. These eliminate the need for significant security expertise while being conducive to businesses in the following ways:
- Real-time protection against network threats, including complex and insider threats, resulting in a safer work environment.
- Easy and swift deployment.
- Low functional costs.
- Enhanced productivity due to content filtering and peer-to-peer application controls.
- Adhering to regulatory compliance needs.
In a world where traditional business boundaries are quickly evaporating, driven by workforce mobility, greater adoption of cloud computing devices and a growing use of social media and collaboration tools within the enterprise, businesses struggle to manage these trends. It doesn’t have to be a tradeoff between getting maximum benefits and cost savings and mitigating potential risks and security impact to the organization. In this scenario, the need for an integrated and highly flexible gateway security solution like Quick Heal Unified Threat Management (UTM) becomes essential.