Your Employees and Their 917 Different Cloud Apps. Are You a Sitting Duck?

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

targeted duckEvery day someone in your company is using a cloud app. Actually, it is probably more like every minute. Let’s not go into the personal versus work devices on the company network, or whether it is Facebook or Dropbox they are using. Those details don’t really tend to matter when the access allowed is for your own business to decide. It is about the sheer number of cloud services and apps in use in the enterprise today, the visibility in knowing what they are, and the many employees who are left out of the conversation.

We hear managers talk about how it can’t happen to them. They have the best employees, and the discussion is unnecessary. It is already understood–they would NEVER do that! Or our favorite–big brother–the need to let your employees know you really trust them and respect their privacy by allowing them to do what they think they need to do on their own. But that’s not going to protect your business when malware hits or a breach happens . . . and the chances of these happening to you are growing exponentially every day, especially when you are not communicating security issues with your employees.

With all the headlines being about Shadow IT, malware, data loss, intrusions, and ransomware, you would think it would be a common workplace discussion. But based on some recent surveys, companies aren’t saying much internally.

Some numbers that may surprise you. What percentage of employees:

  • Have not been told the right way to download/use cloud applications: almost 60%
  • Have not been told risks of downloading cloud apps without IT’s knowledge: just under 40%
  • Have not been told how to transfer and store corporate data securely: over 40% !!!!

To keep things in perspective–studies are showing that on average, enterprises have 917 different cloud apps in use!

This is not a respect for privacy issue. It’s a security issue, for your business and for your employees! Keeping them in the dark does not show them respect or protect them, it makes them victims before anything even happens.

As technology gets stronger, we as individuals have more decisions on what we use to make our lives, including work, more efficient. But if you do not educate and communicate regularly about cyber threats with your employees, have real visibility into their Web usage, or have a clear, agile Acceptable Use Policy (AUP), you are basically a sitting duck.

About Wavecrest Computing

Celebrating 20 years in business, Wavecrest Computing, headquartered in historic downtown Melbourne, FL, has provided commercial business and government clients with reliable, accurate Web-use management and Cloud Access Security Broker products since 1996. Managed Service Providers, IT specialists, HR professionals, and business managers trust Wavecrest’s Cyfin and CyBlock products to manage employee Internet usage — managing cloud services, reducing liability risks, improving productivity, saving bandwidth, and controlling costs. Wavecrest has clients worldwide, including General Electric, Lockheed Martin, Florida Department of Health, Siemens, Department of Homeland Security, and a growing list of global enterprises and government agencies. We are a proud long-term GSA contract holder. For more information on the company, products, and partners, visit http://www.wavecrest.net.

 

*Stats based on surveys from Softchoice and Netskope.

CyBlock/Cyfin Release 9.1.5 Now Available

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Release 9.1.5 provides CyBlock Cloud customers with CyBlock Directory Agent, an easy-to-manage directory synchronization tool. CyBlock Directory Agent synchronizes internal Active Directory data with CyBlock Cloud updating the groups and IDs information required by the cloud service. There is no need to manually recreate groups and IDs for your cloud service. Current cloud customers should contact Sales to have this module enabled.

The release also contains updates to the MSP Partner Portal to include the new Directory Agent module. Another enhancement is the ability to create a white list and a black list in the same category policy. The enhancements are highlighted below.

  • CyBlock Directory Agent. The following features have been added:
    • The User Management pages allow you to manage how you would like to import AD groups and IDs, create an AD configuration, and import users from AD.
    • The System Status pages show product communication and event information which is used by Technical Support for troubleshooting purposes.
    • The Settings pages allow you to restart the service for the product as well as pair your Directory Agent installation with your cloud account by entering an access key.
    • The Help menu contains product documentation, Support pages, product updates, and contact information.
    • You will receive e-mail notifications on the availability of an access key or a newly generated access key, and the status of a manual or scheduled AD import.
  • MSP Partner Portal. The following features have been added:
    • The Home Page shows a status icon for the CyBlock Directory Agent module.
    • When viewing the details of a customer, a new D Agent tab displays the status of the Directory Agent module, pairing status, communication port, and access key.
    • You will receive e-mail notifications on the availability of a newly generated access key for Directory Agent and the status of a manual or scheduled AD import.
  • White List/Black List. The ability to create a white list as well as a black list in the same Web category policy is now available. You may enter and save both allowed and blocked URLs.

There are also corrections in this release for CyBlock as well as Cyfin. To see the full release notes for your product, visit our Web site or knowledge base.

If you are at version 9.0.5 or later, you can upgrade to the latest release by going to the Help – Check for Updates screen in your product.

If you are at version 6.8.3.a or earlier, you can download the latest release by going to CyBlock Software Downloads or Cyfin Downloads. To upgrade CyBlock Appliance, please contact Technical Support at (321) 953-5351, Ext. 4 or support@wavecrest.net.

For additional assistance, please feel free to contact us.

Keep employees productive and secure while working from mobile devices.

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Many times mobile devices are the primary, or only, organizational interface for an employee. With this evolving mobile business environment, it has become critical to protect both the company and the employee. With CyBlock Mobile Security Browser App v2.0, a companion to the easy-to-implement CyBlock Cloud Web Security Solution, you will enable your employees to work efficiently and securely while accessing the Internet on their mobile devices. Easily enforce your company’s Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) on iOS devices by defining one or more Web-use policies to successfully address Web security threats, Internet abuse, legal liability, and workforce productivity.

CyBlock Mobile Security Browser App’s Version 2.0 adds many exciting enhancements, such as support for iPhone 6/6 Plus, customizable Web blocking messages, and connection status alerts. Easily enforce your company’s AUP on iOS devices. Learn more about Wavecrest products: https://www.wavecrest.net/

CyBlock Mobile Security App Block Message

CyBlock Mobile Security App Block Message

 

 

CyBlock Cloud Service Will Protect Your Entire Distributed Workforce

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

CyBlockAre you thinking about switching to a cloud service to safeguard your employees while online? Is your corporate network becoming more distributed with remote offices and remote users? Realize significant savings by eliminating the need to purchase, install and maintain on-premises hardware, software or operating system licenses. A cloud service makes it easy to support your entire distributed network while freeing up your technical staff to focus on business-critical projects.

CyBlock Cloud service will protect your entire distributed workforce, no matter where your users are located. CyBlock Cloud can be easily administered and managed from anywhere via our secure cloud portal. See what Wavecrest customers are saying about CyBlock Cloud:

“We have been a CyBlock Software customer for several years and are very pleased with the level of support. Wavecrest truly stands behind their products. Now, CyBlock Cloud has given me even more capability to save my company time and money. The user interface is easy to navigate and very straight forward. The ability to filter out certain websites on the fly is a seamless process.  After implementation of CyBlock Cloud, there have not been any bandwidth or connection issues at any of our remote sites. With this being said, if you are looking for uncomplicated efficiency and ease of access, CyBlock products are the way to go!” ~Can Tenamore, The Resource Center

For more information about CyBlock Cloud service or any of the Wavecrest product offerings.

Toll Free:

877-442-9346 (U.S. and Canada) Ext. 3

E-Mail:

sales@wavecrest.net

Website:

http://www.wavecrest.net