There are few IT issues that are more pervasive or costly for businesses these days than spyware. Spyware not only affects the system it infects, but also tries to distribute itself to other systems. Additionally, it can be incredibly difficult to “clean” the infected system, often requiring the system to be rebuilt. Worse yet, standard methods of protection often fall short because users can easily circumvent them and click on a link or advertisement that invites spyware into their system by accident. Much like spam defense solutions, deployment of onsite devices have become more popular, and to some extent those devices are effective. But the significant upfront costs and the maintenance required to support the devices have both become detractors from these solutions. Consequently, cloud-based solutions have been growing in popularity.
In essence cloud-based web defense solutions provide:
- Protection against harmful links, sites, and spyware
- Granular control of the websites staff members can access
- Integrated reporting showing web activity for staff members
- Low-cost, zero maintenance solution
As always, this solution should be reviewed in context of your specific business needs and goals, but cloud-based protection against spyware have proven to be quite effective. And with the additional control you get for managing your outgoing web traffic, cloud-based spyware protection is quite a powerful solution.