Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) for Web is a subscription-based anti-malware solution. It is the first line of defense to protect enterprises against stealthy, ever-evolving threats moving in, out or laterally across web applications in their network.
Cybercrime is an ever-evolving landscape. Small and large companies alike are increasingly trying to determine the right offensive (and defensive) measures to ward off or mitigate attacks. In 2017, companies spent $86.4 billion on information security, and with new malicious threats cropping up at every turn, cybersecurity spend is expected to increase to a trillion dollars within a few years.
Shoddy protection doesn’t pay. The Ponemon Institute estimates that data breaches typically cost companies an average of $3.62 million, and despite increased security measures, by 2021, the cost of global cybercrime will hit $6 trillion. In an effort to stop the cybercrime spree, companies are loading their infrastructures with anti-viruses and anti-malware systems to try to stop hackers in their tracks. But a Verizon DBIR revealed that 40% of data breaches happen through web application attacks—a channel that companies often overlook in their quest for cyber protection.
Why Does ATP for Web Matter?
Many companies equipped with an anti-virus have a false sense of security. Anti-viruses aren’t capable of preventing today’s most advanced cyber threats—especially threats that don’t look suspicious. Today’s threats could originate anywhere, including a perfectly legitimate website.
New threats like CryptoLocker and its variants don’t even require any user interaction to infect a system. The malware is brutal, embedding itself into websites and encrypting enterprise data. Other attacks, like zero-day exploits, wait for a vulnerability to surface, then attack just as the vulnerability becomes known—and before it can be patched.
How Does ATP for Web Work?
ATP for web safeguards web application infrastructures against silent, looming threats that are too easily overlooked. An effective ATP system not only blocks known and unknown threats, but inspects all inbound, outbound and laterally moving traffic. Anything suspicious is isolated for further analysis. This simultaneously big picture and granular view ensures that no threat goes undetected.
ATP monitors and provides threat intelligence and threat protection in real time. Once a threat is identified, ATP utilizes a secure, sandbox environment to isolate it to prevent infection of the rest of the network.
The sandbox is a secure environment that looks just like a company’s computer system, but is separate from their network. Potential threats can be detonated to play out as they would in a real-world enterprise environment, and analyzed to understand their behavior.
How Does ATP for Web Fit into a Bigger Cybersecurity Plan?
To set themselves up for security and success, companies must have secure access to the internet at the most granular levels. And that means ensuring that they are protected at every front.
Because cybercrime is always on the move and evolving, cybersecurity must block known and unknown threats that could be coming from anywhere, even safe, legitimate sites. And with new threats seeking out your applications’ vulnerabilities in real-time, your security system must be fully and comprehensively engaged. From penetration tests that search out weak points to setting up a solid barrier against the slew of threats that come from inside and outside a company, comprehensive protection is vital—and ATP is one (crucial) step in the cybersecurity landscape.
Is your company protected at a granular level against silent threats? Contact our team of cybersecurity experts today to see how you can amp-up your protection to set your company up for success.