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Absolute Software bolsters its SSE cyber protections
Thu, 15th Jun 2023

Absolute Software has expanded its differentiated Security Service Edge (SSE) solution with the launch of the Absolute Secure Web Gateway Service.

Optimised for hybrid and mobile work models, this new extended offering builds on existing capabilities available in Absolute Secure Access including Absolute ZTNA and Absolute Insights for Network and empowers organisations to strengthen security, boost productivity, and ensure compliance with internal IT and security policies.

With the shift to the work-from-anywhere model, web browsing has become a primary access point for the average employee to perform day-to-day responsibilities - from checking email to sharing files to collaborating. It is estimated that 75% of enterprise work happens via the browser. This large-scale adoption has also left enterprise security teams scrambling to strengthen their defences against malicious actors exploiting the browser as a top attack vector. A recent report revealed that more than 90% of organisations surveyed have experienced a web or mobile attack.

The Absolute Secure Web Gateway Service, powered by Ericom, provides cloud-delivered security and protections, including multiple anti-virus scans; remote browser isolation; content disarm and reconstruction; and data loss prevention. It inspects web content in a cloud container before delivering it to the users web browser, enabling users to access links and download files without disruption and without exposing their organisation to increased risk.

"One inadvertent click can open the door for malicious actors to exploit an employees device and gain the access needed to move laterally across the corporate network," says Joe Savarese, EVP of Secure Access Products at Absolute Software. 

"Designed from the ground up with a focus on remote and mobile users, our comprehensive Secure Access capabilities allow IT teams to adopt a ZTNA security approach while actively improving the experience for both end users and IT."
Fernando Montenegro, Senior Principal Analyst, Cybersecurity, Omdia, says the work-from-anywhere model is here to stay. 

"Even organisations encouraging employees to spend at least some time inside their respective facilities have accepted this new reality.

"The related burden falling on security and risk professionals is immense, as they are faced with finding ways to mitigate risk without disrupting normal business operations," he says. 

"Enterprises that intend to thrive in the modern era and into the future will be forced to adopt solutions that enable them to quickly and easily expand access to networks and the Internet without interfering with their employees ability to do their jobs."

"What sets Absolute Secure Access apart is that it is purpose-built technology designed to meet the complex needs of highly mobile, distributed workforces," adds Richard Hicks, founder and principal consultant at Richard M. Hicks Consulting, Inc. 

"With this extended offering, Absolute continues to deliver the innovative capabilities needed to ensure remote worker productivity and provide an exceptional experience for both users and IT administrators," he says. 

"The Secure Web Gateway integration is an excellent enhancement to existing reputation services, providing additional layers of security to further protect mobile users from malicious activity."