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Address Endpoint Security & Performance Issues in The Cloud

The 24x7 connected world is fueled by people and devices, but even as businesses become more dependent upon online assets, security threats and performance issues can disrupt and even destroy mission-critical systems.

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The 24x7 connected world is fueled by people and devices, but even as businesses become more dependent upon online assets, security threats and performance issues can disrupt and even destroy mission-critical systems. Trying to shoehorn all the latest and greatest protection on every device is both challenging, and ultimately futile, because the more security safeguards that are added, the more performance suffers, and the more frustrated and unhappy users become. With the cybersecurity threatscape changing daily, the best solution for addressing endpoint protection with the best possible performance is a cloud-based recursive DNS solution, according to Neustar, a provider of network management and security solutions with over 19 years of experience.

Cybersecurity is a growing concern, fueled by the exponential increase in the number of devices and threats. In 1999 just 4% of the world’s population was online, but today that number is 49%, with more than 8 billion connected things in use worldwide. The threatscape is also expanding dramatically: according to the AV-TEST Institute, it registers over 390,000 new malicious programs every day, and the number of new malware specimen is expected to reach more than 7.4 million this year. Add in the average cost of a data breach, currently $4 million, and that it typically takes between 175 to 227 days to identify a breach, and 52 to 88 days to contain that breach, and it’s easy to understand why cybersecurity is so critical.

Cloud-based endpoint protection management is one of the fastest-growing segments, especially for small and midsize businesses, notes Gartner research director Ruggero Contu. "The cloud medium is a natural fit for the needs of SMBs. Its ease of deployment and management, pay-as-you-consume pricing and simplified features make this delivery model attractive for organizations that lack staffing resources," he said.

“SMBs are suffering from endpoint agent fatigue,” said Chris Roosenraad, director of product management at Neustar. “They’re looking for easy ways to apply policies and protect as many devices as possible, as quickly as possible.”

A cloud-based security solution such as Neustar’s UltraRecursive offering provide a number of benefits, including the ability:

  • to protect users connecting from many locations and multiple devices;
  • to minimize exposure to malware, viruses, phishing scams and other cyber threats;
  • to easily create and implement policies to control access to unwanted or unauthorized content; 
  • to ensure the availability and delivery of critical business applications with minimal performance degradation or ongoing management requirements; 
  • to eliminate single points of failure, the possibility of bottlenecked queries or provider threshold limitations; and,
  • to provide optimal security and functionality, without contributing to endpoint security fatigue.

Using a cloud-based security solution such as UltraRecursive, together with a mobile device management capability, can protect every device and location within hours, with no compatibility issues or performance impact on users. An easily customizable architecture ensures an optimal user experience, with custom web filtering, content blocking, and white/black lists to ensure compliance with organization or regulatory requirements.

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