Web and email security vendor M86 Security has enhanced its secure web gateway appliance with cloud capabilities to enable customers to better protect a remote workforce wherever it happens to be.
The M86 Secure Web Service Hybrid features a cloud-based scanning tool to block a wide variety of web-based malware, allowing administrators to centrally manage security policies, logs and reporting in a unified way, said the firm.
The cloud scanners are connected to an on-premises policy server for updates and to send back logging information, so all reporting and administration is handled centrally from a single interface, said M86.
"We saw the need from our own customers to protect their off-premises employees, and are proud to be the first web security provider to ship a hybrid on-premises appliance combined with cloud security which supports the corporate network as well as mobile and remote office users," said Werner Thalmeier, vice president of product management at M86.
The company also announced its new appliance-based M86 Security Reporter, designed to provide security teams with greater insight into web traffic and usage trends.
In related news, M86 warned businesses to implement a multi-layered approach to web security involving URL filtering, anti-virus scanning and real-time code analysis, after the firm's own research found that 60 per cent of malicious URLs pass unnoticed through scanners and URL filters.
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