One of the biggest threats to your business’ cybersecurity is careless or uninformed employees.
No businesses can afford the cost of a data breach, regardless of their size. In 2017, cyberattacks cost large American companies an average of $1.3 million, and set back small and mid-sized businesses roughly $117,000. And much of this could have been prevented with stronger internal internet security measures that restricted the content employees could access, preventing them from downloading malware and falling victim to phishing scams.
Your company’s cybersecurity starts from the inside. The first step towards protecting your company is limiting the content your employees can access through content filtering or site blocking. While both achieve the same goal, they work in slightly different ways.
Here’s how they differ:
Content Filtering Looks at the Content Present on Webpages
Content filtering works similar to ad-blocker software, but on a larger scale. It doesn’t bar your employees from accessing websites completely, but it does use Secure DNS to remove specific content like plug-ins and streaming video that could be potentially harmful.
The benefit of using content filtering is that it still gives your employees access to websites that could be important to their work performance, while also protecting your servers by blocking out harmful material like advertisements with built-in malware and viruses. It can even increase employee productivity by removing bulky web content that slows down loading times, making it quicker and easier for your staff to access online information, as well as blocking out not-safe-for-work (NSFW) content ads that may pop up.
Site Blocking Prevents Employees from Accessing Specific Websites
Instead of looking at specific content, site blocking uses the firewall to restrict access to entire websites. Giving you more control over what your employees can and cannot access, site blocking allows you to ban unsecure websites, as well as sites with pirated material and adult content – all of which are associated with security risks.
Another benefit of site blocking is increased productivity. By banning streaming services, social media platforms, and online games, employees are unable to access “time-wasting” websites that could negatively impact their work performance.
What’s the Right Solution for You?
Choosing the right internal internet solution depends on the needs of your business.
Both content filtering and site blocking force employees to comply with company security measures by limiting what can be accessed on your company computers. If your business depends on higher-level employees like management and senior staff to access and collect information from social media platforms and other “time-wasting” websites, content filtering lets you set up profiles for specific employees that bypass the filters. But if you need a solution that prevents all access to specific sites that inhibit productivity and could compromise your company’s security, site blocking would be the better route.