New study highlights importance of isolated browsing to keep enterprises safe

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It’s not the device or some of the apps you need to worry about; a new report issued by Ericom Software argues the importance of isolated web browsing as an added layer of enterprise security.

The report has a nod towards a recent Gartner study, which argues, rather bluntly, that it’s ‘time to isolate your services from the internet cesspool.’ 96% of respondents in the Ericom survey said their employees can access the public internet from work devices, such as desktops and laptops, while half use it for personal reasons, such as checking private email and accessing social media accounts.

No real surprises there – but more than 20% of those polled said their organisation had no real strategy in place to isolate the web browsing experience from local IT and network resources. As the Gartner report notes: “Almost all successful attacks originate from the public internet, and browser-based attacks are the leading source of attacks on users.”

“Internet-borne threats come in all shapes and sizes and are well-disguised,” said Daniel Miller, Ericom director of product marketing in a statement. “In most cases, employees will click on a link or download a file when utilising the web for business or personal use without even knowing they triggered some type of malware.

“Our survey highlights the need for a fresh approach to address security vulnerabilities caused by internet browsing or downloading rogue files,” Miller added.

Again not surprisingly, the survey’s recommendations for companies to enable secure browsing is tempered by Ericom offering its own isolated browsing solution. Yet the key tenet of the study is to note the importance of getting employees onside with security strategy. This publication has long since discussed shadow IT, but if staff are not all singing from the same hymn sheet then holes could open up, whether it is through browsing or other applications.

In a book extract published earlier this week, Nick Wilding, general manager of cyber resilience at AXELOS Global Best Practice, argued the importance of education. “How many times do we read or hear that our staff are our weakest link? Yet they are only as weak as the strength of the awareness learning we provide them,” he wrote.

 

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