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Why you need a secure internet gateway (SIG) solution

Domain Names may hide a serious threat

Let’s say you’re shopping for a new TV online and you want to browse to amazon.co.uk to see what’s on offer. Although you likely visit amazon.co.uk regularly, if you were asked to recall the IP address of amazon.co.uk, chances are that you wouldn’t know it. The IP address would have no meaning to you.  

Domain names make browsing the internet easy for us to get to where we want to go, but because of the fundamental role they play on how we interact with all online services, the system and our trust in domain names can leave a business susceptible to attacks from malicious actors.  

Just one instance of this sort of malicious use is phishing domains. These are domain names crafted to closely resemble banking sites or other popular brands in order to lure the user into entering their private credentials.

Historically, these sorts of attacks were difficult to detect and relied on users being diligent to ensure they landed on the website they expected.

MTG has partnered with Cisco to provide Cisco’s cloud web security product, “Umbrella”. This cloud-based secure internet gateway provides visibility and protection against threats wherever users work. A secure internet gateway (SIG) provides safe access to the internet anywhere users go, even when they are off the VPN and provides the first line of visibility and defence regardless of where users are located.

Umbrella, the trusted internet security and DNS service, stops current and emergent threats over all ports and protocols. It blocks access to malicious domains, URLs, IPs, and files before a connection is ever established or a file downloaded. Umbrella resolves over 100 billion internet requests every day and correlates this live data with over 11 billion historical events. This data is analysed to identify patterns, detect anomalies, and create models to automatically uncover attacker infrastructure being staged for the next threat.

Uniquely, Umbrella can be deployed to start providing visibility and protection into a business within 5 minutes with no risk and minimal configuration change.

Umbrella gives companies the power to stop advanced threats earlier and extends their network perimeter to protect employees and devices.

MTG is offering a free trial of Cisco Umbrella, with no obligation to purchase. The service works alongside your existing firewall or antivirus solution, acting as an additional layer of security for your business, it is highly effective and can be live within minutes. It really is a no brainer for most businesses.

You can find out more or apply online for a free proof of purchase trial – free trial, or contact Manx Technology Group direct on 640400 or email: sales@mtg.im.

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Joe Hughes is the CEO of Manx Technology Group. Joe has a background in software development, information security, networks, datacentres and enterprise IT.
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