Anonymized Web Traffic is 3 Times More Likely to be Malicious
With Enterprise mobility and cloud migration growing, the security challenge is more complex. Many threats are unknown or come in through the backdoor. Online threats exploit security holes to jeopardize business productivity and viability.
Allot Communications, a leading global provider of intelligent broadband solutions, has already released the new Allot CloudTrends Report Q2/2015, which analyzes today’s enterprise web security challenges: 1) application visibility; 2) acceptable use policy (AUP); 3) malicious web traffice; and 4) use of cloud applications. The report stresses the magnitude of web security challenges faced by today’s modern enterprise, and the importance of using effective application-aware Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) in mitigating threats.
The findings of the Allot CloudTrends Report indicate that employees unwittingly enable access to sensitive corporate information, as enterprise mobility and increased cloud application are increasingly being adopted. The use of social networking, file sharing, instant messaging, and anonymizers serves as a gateway for hackers and malicious traffic to enter the organization. It is important to take note that this does not just deteriorate valuable network resources and impact productivity, but it also threatens an organization’s reputation and viability.
Today’s security challenges continue to grow and evolve as enterprise mobility and cloud adoption become widespread, disrupting the boundaries of traditional security solutions.
Key findings of the Allot CloudTrends Report Q2/2015 include:
- “Anonymized” Web traffic was blocked three times more often than overall web traffic due to malicious content. Enterprises saw an increased use of anonymizer sites like VPNBook and Tor to hide network activity, which may pose a serious security threat.
- Traffic from instant messaging applications was blocked ten times more often than overall Web traffic due to malicious content.
- 92% of blocked Web traffic was due to AUP enforcement and just 8% was due to its identification as malicious traffic.
- Even when an AUP is in place and well-communicated, the average employee made more than six attempts per day to access blocked social networking sites – half of which were attempts to access Facebook – as well as 1.5 daily attempts to access inappropriate content, such as dating and gaming sites.
— Allot Communications (@allotcomms) June 3, 2015
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Source: (Allot Communications)