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Web and Cloud Application Access Protection

Protecting Access to Enterprise Web and Cloud Applications Against Malware and Phishing Attacks

The enterprise information technology landscape is going through a major Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) paradigm shift. Many organizations migrate critical applications and data to the cloud and allow users to access it from any endpoint device and any browser. Web and cloud technologies allow organizations to improve efficiency, enable business agility, and drive down the total cost of computing. However, the shift to web and cloud applications requires organizations to ensure that such applications are securely accessed.

User access to web and cloud applications, from home computers and remote/roaming endpoints, is not governed by organizational security and perimeter controls. Malware and phishing attacks can steal credentials from these endpoints, and cybercriminals can use them to perform fraudulent transactions or capture sensitive business data and intellectual property. 

The web browser is used extensively to access web-based and cloud-based enterprise applications. Organization should ensure that malware attacks such as Man-in-the-Browser and Man-in-the-Middle and session logging (e.g. key logging) are prevented on both managed and unmanaged devices. 

 

Protect the Browser against Reconnaissance and
Social Engineering 

Corporate end users should be protected against session logging and malicious web page injection on any device used to access Cloud applications. Session logging can capture the access credentials to cloud applications and provide broad access to sensitive data. And, it can also capture raw data accessed by end users. Web injection is used to social engineer employees into surrendering credentials and other confidential information.

Stop “Back Doors” and Data Leaks

Remote Access Trojans (RATs) provide cybercriminals with unlimited access to infected endpoints. Using the victim’s access privileges they can steal sensitive business and personal data including intellectual property, personally identifiable information (PII). Security tools must detect malicious RATs presence and stops the execution of remote access sessions into the endpoint.

Block Malware Infection, Remove Existing Malware

Controls should be implemented to prevent malware from infecting managed and unmanaged devices accessing cloud applications. If infected, the controls need to quickly remove existing malware from end-users machines and prevent future infections by stopping attempts to exploit system vulnerabilities and malware installation processes. Special focus should be given to resource consumption and management overhead when balancing strength of the protection and risk reduction with end user and IT security impact. 

Enterprise Controlled Client Deployment and Management

Anti-malware solutions must cover the vast majority of end user devices platforms including PCs, Macs and Mobile (iOS and Android devices). The solution must be readily available to end users to instantly secure their devices before accessing enterprise cloud applications.