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Do employees deserve privacy?

By Mike Schuricht  |  March 22, 2014 at 7:30 AM  | 

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SSL encrypted traffic has increased tremendously over the last 5 years, representing 50% of traffic on some networks. The increased adoption of cloud applications during the same time period, apps like Google Apps, SalesForce, Workday, ServiceNow, etc also increases SSL traffic. Even social networking and consumer apps like Facebook, Gmail, and Google search now utilize SSL. 

This has created a blind spot for enterprise IT if they have not rolled out a mechanism to decrypt SSL traffic.

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Users, IT, and BYOD Security: Can't We All Just Get Along?

By Mike Schuricht  |  February 20, 2014 at 9:12 AM  | 

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The BYOD movement has caused many organizations to dabble, experiment, and eventually allow end users the flexibility to use personal devices in the workplace. This has been driven by a competitive business environment where increased employee productivity and decreased CAPEX and OPEX can make a real difference. The initiatives are often driven at the executive level, causing IT Security to cobble together solutions in attempts to protect corporate data without restricting users unnecessarily. 

The MDM/MAM mix of solutions causes IT to focus on securing devices and apps which often requires complex and continuous management overhead ($$$).Even with a solution deployed, there is still a lack of visibility into SSL traffic - decryption is required for IT to effectively protect corporate data. Since MDM/MAM can’t meet this challenge, NGFWs and VPNs are often introduced to fill the gap...

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