Medical device company maximizes web defenses with cloud

  • Medical device company maximized web defenses while minimizing risk.

  • Advantages of the cloud model include no new appliances, software, or staff.

  • Supplement via the cloud in support of mobile apps for greater efficiencies.

Thinking of increasing your cybersecurity? As you look to review and improve your program, your first impulse may be to make another investment in hardware, software, or staff. But there’s a better way to strengthen your web defenses, and that is by doing as many organizations have done already — by looking to the cloud.

This and my following blog posts highlight real-world AT&T customers who have implemented the Cloud Web Security Service to maximize their web defenses while minimizing cost and risk. Read on to understand their business issues and discover how they took web security to a higher level.

Adding cloud to on-prem defenses

Many companies have already built sophisticated on-premises (on-prem) web security defenses and are looking to supplement their capabilities through the cloud model to support mobile applications and to gain greater efficiencies. Such was the case with a major U.S. medical device maker.

The company wanted to extend web security to mobile device users, but without creating more policies to manage and without incurring major capital expenditures. The cloud model seemed to provide the perfect solution.

The company added the AT&T Cloud Web Security Service to its on-premises web security defenses. This “hybrid” deployment was able to provide comprehensive capabilities for mobile and roaming users and unified policy management and reporting.

Now on-prem security infrastructure (such as web proxy appliances) can work with the cloud-based service, and most policies are unified in a single management portal with a “common policy.” Smaller branch offices and remote offices can also be integrated into the cloud, without a need to build out new infrastructure locally to support users at those sites.

Advantages of cloud model

Today, the medical device manufacturer is enjoying the financial, management, and highly secure advantages of the cloud model, with no new appliances to purchase and configure, no software to download and maintain, and no new staff to hire.

They also appreciate the flexibility of a hybrid web defense. The company can scale on demand via the cloud, support a wide range of connectivity options — including mobile connections — and provide 24/7 availability to authorized users.

Since deploying the AT&T Web Security Service, more than 5,000 malware attacks and viruses have been blocked; the AT&T Web Security Service has been able to help identify which employee mobile devices had been infected prior to the AT&T solution being deployed; and those infected mobile devices have since been cleared of detected viruses.

In my next post, I’ll discuss the approach of an AT&T Cloud Web Security Service customer that was looking to gain additional value from the solution.

Does your business have experience with on-prem security and the cloud? Share them in comments.

Paul Margison Cloud Web Security Services Lead Product Manager AT&T About Paul