The increase in cyberattacks and proliferation of web-based threats has made web filtering for Managed Service Providers one of the most important, and profitable, opportunities for MSPs. However, not all MSPs have started offering a web filtering service to their clients, even though web filtering is now an essential cybersecurity defense
Why is web filtering for Managed Service Providers now so important? Listed below – and in a useful infographic – are some of the reasons why businesses need to control the websites that can be visited by their employees and why web filtering for Managed Service Providers is an important addition to any MSPs service stack.
Cybercriminals Have Switched from Email to the Web to Spread Malware
Email remains one of the most likely routes that malware can be installed. Malicious email volume is growing and in Q3, 2016, Proofpoint discovered 96.8% of malicious attachments were used to download Locky ransomware. Blocking malicious spam email messages is therefore an essential element of any organization’s cybersecurity defense strategy. However, times are a changing. The threat from web-based attacks has increased significantly in the past few years.
Cybercriminals are well aware that most organizations now use a spam filter to block malicious messages and that they now conduct end user training to warn employees of the risks of opening email attachments or clicking on hyperlinks sent by strangers.
However, far fewer businesses have implemented a solution that blocks web-based threats. Consequently, cybercriminals have changed their focus from email to the Internet.
The shift to the web means cybercriminals can reach a much bigger target audience and can spread malware and ransomware more effectively. The extent of this paradigm shift is deeply concerning.
Now, more than 80% of malware is web-related and spread via malicious web adverts, hijacked websites, and websites that have been created with the sole purpose of infecting visitors with malware.
As TitanHQ CTO Neil Farrell points out, “the average business user now encounters 3 malicious links per day.” Those links are rarely identified as malicious and the malware downloads that result from visiting malicious websites go undetected.
Web-Based Threats have Increased Substantially in Recent Years
Cybercriminals use exploit kits – malicious software that probes for vulnerabilities in browsers – on hijacked webpages and purpose designed, malware-laced websites. Zero-day vulnerabilities are frequently identified in web browsers, browser plugins, and extensions and these flaws can be exploited and leveraged to download malware and ransomware. Each time a new flaw is identified, it is rapidly added to a swathe of exploit kits.
Anti-virus software is capable of detecting a high percentage of malware and preventing the malicious software from being installed on computers; however, new forms of malware are being released at an unprecedented rate. A new malware is now released every 4 seconds. Naturally, there is a lag between the release of new malware and the addition of its signature into antivirus software companies’ virus definition lists. Visits to malicious websites all too often result in malware installations that go undetected.
Malicious websites are constantly being created. Google reports that since July 2013, 113,132 new phishing websites have been created and it is businesses that are being targeted. TitanHQ now adds over 60,000 new malware-spreading websites to its blocklists every single day.
Companies that fail to block these web-based threats face a high risk of their computers and networks being infected with malware. Figures from IDC show that 30% of companies employing more than 500 staff have experienced malware infections as a result of end users surfing the Internet.
New Threats are Constantly Being Developed
Malware is used to log keystrokes to obtain login credentials for further, more sophisticated attacks. Banking credentials are stolen and fraudulent transfers are made. Businesses also have to contend with the current ransomware epidemic. 40% of businesses have now been attacked with ransomware.
Malware and ransomware infections do not just occur via obscure websites that few employees visit. Hugely popular news sites such as the New York Times and the BBC have been discovered to display adverts containing malicious code. Social media websites are also a major risk. 24% of organizations have been infected with malware via Facebook and 7% via LinkedIn/Twitter, according to a recent study by Osterman Research.
These and other serious threats, along with the extent to which infections are occurring, have been summarized in a new infographic that can be accessed by clicking on the image below:
WebTitan Cloud – Web Filtering for Managed Service Providers
Fortunately, there is an easy solution to prevent web-based attacks: WebTitan Cloud. WebTitan Cloud is a 100% cloud-based web filtering solution that can be used to prevent end users from visiting websites known to contain malware. WebTitan can be configured to block malicious adverts and can prevent end users from being directed to malware-infected websites or phishing sites if malicious links are clicked.
Given the range of threats and the extent to which cybercriminals are using the web, it is now essential for organizations to add web filtering to their cybersecurity defenses. Consequently, web filtering for Managed Services Providers presents a huge opportunity for growth. TitanHQ has seen a significant increase in uptake of its web filtering for Managed Service Providers in recent months as MSPs have started to appreciate the huge potential web filtering has for improving their bottom lines.
WebTitan can be rapidly added to an MSPs service stack and is an easy sell to clients. WebTitan can be deployed remotely and rapidly installed and configured – new clients can be set up in around 20 minutes. The solution is automatically updated, requires little to no IT support, is technology agnostic, and therefore has an extremely low management overhead. The solution also has excellent scalability and can be used to protect any number of end users whether they are working from the office or remotely.
MSPs can be provided with a white-label version of WebTitan Cloud ready for branding and WebTitan Cloud can even be hosted with use, in a private cloud, or within an MSPs own environment. Perhaps most important for MSPs is the high margin recurring SaaS model. That means high recurring revenues for MSPs and better bottom lines whil significantly reducing the time they have to spend dealing with malware infections, ransomware attacks, and phishing related breaches.
“By reducing malware-related security incidents, you’re reducing your number one uncontrollable expense: the people on your IT operations team, like your help desk techs,” said one Washington, US-based WebTitan MSP client. “A key part of our security stack as we’ve scaled to over 6,000 managed endpoints, while decreasing virus and malware related tickets by 70%.” – MSP, San Francisco, US.
Why is WebTitan Perfect for MSP’s?
- Save on customer support time, hours and cost. No more costly ransomware call outs.
- Gives your clients excellent protection against malware, ransomware, and phishing attacks.
- Real time LIVE updating of malware and malicious threats with an active database of 650 million users driving the AI driven protection.
- Easy filtering at multiple levels with the capability to recognize users in many different ways.
- Protection from web threats for office and remote users.
- Reporting with full AD integration – Easy to show your customers the volume of malicious attacks you have prevented.
- Great for improving revenue – Generate regular monthly revenue for very little effort.
- Easy client account administration via a central control panel.
- Multiple hosting options: Deployed in our cloud, a private cloud, or in your data center.
- Intuitive controls with low management overhead.
- API driven for advanced back-end integration in your own systems, including billing and reporting.
- Flexible pricing to suit your business, including monthly billing.
- Multi-tenant solution with advanced customer management features.
- Highly scalable with no latency.
- Highly customizable – can be provided as a white label ready for your logos and color scheme.
- Leading alternative to OpenDNS Cisco Umbrella at a fraction of the price.
- Industry-leading technical support and customer service.
- No punitive terms, measures, or sharp practices and a fully transparent pricing policy with no hidden costs.
Contact TitanHQ today to find out more about web filtering for Managed Service Providers, for full technical specifications, and to discover just how easy it is to add WebTitan to your service stack and start boosting profits.