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Granular security needed for Enterprise 2.0

Jared Heng | July 15, 2008
New strategies needed for changed threat landscape.

SINGAPORE, 14 July 2008 -- While more Web 2.0 technologies are becoming available to businesses, increasing online security threats have also heightened enterprise concerns.

For example, important business tools may be found on an iGoogle web portal, which is a personalised mashup of various applications and news feeds. However, a compromised application on the same web page accessed by the user may lead to security risk exposure, according to Websense.

The global security solutions provider has launched its new solution, claiming that it addresses risks to technologies like user-generated content, mashups, interactive networking sites and web applications.

According to the company, Websense Web Security Gateway (WSG) inspects web traffic, SSL traffic, Web 2.0 applications, and more than 100 network protocols.

Granular security

WSG provides granular security in real-time by categorising both websites and actual content on them, Websense says. Hence, the solution allows users to access websites, but block portions of sites considered inappropriate, or a security risk.

"The fundamental shift of web content creation from trusted sources to anonymous and user-driven collaborations such as wikis, blogs and social networking sites has changed the threat landscape," says Lawrence Orans, research director for Gartner.

Orans warns that cybercriminals are targeting 'trusted' websites to circumvent traditional security measures and cause maximum damage. In response, organisations are increasingly demanding solutions that provide real-time web content inspection and granular web application control."


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