Managing security is neither hard nor time consuming

Security is essential for a business. However, on the other hand, security is something we all wish would just happen by itself. We don’t want to spend much time adjusting settings or fixing problems. We just want our devices and data to be safe as if by magic. At least I do. And companies do not wish to appoint too many resources to the management of security, but wish to find a cost-efficient but still totally reliable way to handle security.

Since joining the company a few months back, I have had the pleasure to listen to many talented and extremely enthusiastic people talk about security – and the solutions related to it. In these months I think I have learned more about the security threats and how to prevent them than in all the years of my working life so far.  One of the key learnings is that the foundation of security is to have the right tools for all levels of security.

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  • End-point protection protects you from internet threats. According to F-Secure Threat Report H2/2012, the most common way to get hit by malware is browsing the web.
  • Server protection keeps your content safe from spam, malware and other threats. Protecting servers certainly doesn’t sound like a hot topic, but talking to our product managers, it actually is something much more interesting than you would first think.
  • Email protection safeguards your communication. Even though email no longer is the number one target for attacks, due to its frequent and wide use, email protection is still as relevant as ever. Talking to one of our sales engineers just the other day, I was shown some stunning examples of how reliable and trustworthy spam mail can actually look like! Forget about the typical “Click here for this unbelievable one-time offer” type of obvious attempts… – Spam today is much more sophisticated.
  • Web filtering protects your identity and reputation. The Threat Report additionally states that some types of hosting sites are favored by criminals and recently, dynamic DNS providers have been the fastest growing target for malware hosting. 87% of the domains supported by one of the top 3 dynamic DNS providers hosted malicious content. Think – 87%! Cannot be very good for the DNS provider’s reputation…

Wouldn’t you want to stay on top of this all 24/7, but effortlessly? For that, you need a central, holistic security management tool. Without it, this can all be too hard and time-consuming and you would need a lot of resources to take care of the security issues.

Luckily, this can all be very easy with the right tool. F-Secure Policy Manager is a security management tool that lets you shift your security to autopilot. As Yoshito Sato from Green House company puts it: ”We do not have to worry if each computer is secure or not anymore”.

Cheers, Eija

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