Tip Tuesday: Protect SMBs from falling victim to third-party security risks

Tip TuesdayIn today’s security landscape, it’s important for your customers to be application aware. There are more than 2.8 million apps available in the marketplace, and a recent study showed that 85 percent of applications carry an exploitable vulnerability. To truly protect your SMB customers from exposing the network to these threats, you need to implement a few security measures to keep their data secure.

Recently Information Age shared some great insight based on Verizon’s 2018 Protected Health Information Date Breach Report. This is a short excerpt of the information they had to share on how to protect customers:

“‘Stopping’ and ’blocking’ has long been the mantra of the security industry. However, as the Verizon results show, this does not resolve the problem. When it comes to using technology at work, staff will always look for the path of least resistance. If one site is blocked, they’ll use another, and this just leaves security teams chasing their tails as they try to keep up with the employee work-around of the day. In fact, blocking just encourages employees to spread the data wider and into more dangerous places.

Instead, security teams need to bring their staff, and the apps they use, into the fold. This means, rather than completely blocking cloud services and websites, security teams should accept that staff are using applications and watch, monitor, and control how, across all of their devices. By applying the proper security measures: deep inspection of web traffic, URL classification, and control of feature actions, healthcare organisations can protect their organisations and help staff to get their jobs done.”

To read the rest of the article, visit the link here.

Keeping your customers safe

Applications often access more sensitive data than your SMB customers think. One thing you should encourage them to implement is a bring-your-own-device policy (BYOD) to eliminate unsecured devices from connecting to the network. This can help you monitor what applications and websites can be accessed from the network and which ones should not. Another thing you can consider offering for your customers to help them keep their data secure is a web application firewall (WAF). Check out the video below to see how Barracuda’s WAF can help you.



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