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GoodAccess Offers Protection Against Online Threats With its Built-in Threat Blocker Feature

GoodAccess | March 09, 2022

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GoodAccess, an anytime-anywhere zero-trust remote access company, has added the Threat Blocker feature to its platform. Threat Blocker enables businesses to provide network security on the public internet and protect remote employees from dangerous domains, phishing attempts, malware and network attacks.

Threat Blocker is a native feature of the GoodAccess platform and is automatically enabled for all customers with no additional setup required. It uses several threat intelligence feeds to identify and block connections with malicious domains in real-time (so-called DNS filtering). The feeds are constantly updated with the latest information on malicious domains, so businesses can be confident that their employees are protected from the newest threats.

Threat Blocker is an important addition to the security features of our platform. When phishing, ransomware, and other online adversary techniques are still at large, GoodAccess Threat Blocker will help businesses to elevate their security posture against them and reduce the attack surface introduced by remote work."

Artur Kane, CMO at GoodAccess

For monitoring and compliance reasons, employees' access to harmful websites and content is tracked and logged. Also, GoodAccess users can define their custom domain blacklists (denylists) to strengthen their security controls.

The new feature helps businesses to:

  • prevent employees from accessing malicious websites and keep their data safe and secure,
  • block malware before infiltrating business network and launching larger attacks (advanced persistent threats, APT),
  • detect and block connections with C&C botnet networks,
  • prevent ransomware attacks to keep data safe and systems up and running,
  • prevent unauthorized access to the business network as a result of successful phishing and identity theft,
  • reduce the risk of sensitive business data exposure.

GoodAcces cloud VPN with zero-trust network access controls streamlines the way organizations handle remote networking and mitigates security risks introduced by distributed workforce, constant mobility and decentralized IT. Since 2020, GoodAccess has earned the trust of more than 1000 business customers from 120 countries worldwide.

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Winning organizations in the digital transformation (DX) era will be those that collaborate most effectively between business units and IT. IDC estimates that investors will use platforms/ecosystems, data value, and customer engagement metrics for all enterprises by 2020. This means that organizations that work to transform their IT organization to digital native will have a measurable advantage over those that do not. Thus IT investments will be driven by the ability to create demonstrable business value in a digital economy. Business value will not be measured just by ROI but by the ability to deliver faster application deployment with less human intervention, a better user experience, and simpler operations.

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Winning organizations in the digital transformation (DX) era will be those that collaborate most effectively between business units and IT. IDC estimates that investors will use platforms/ecosystems, data value, and customer engagement metrics for all enterprises by 2020. This means that organizations that work to transform their IT organization to digital native will have a measurable advantage over those that do not. Thus IT investments will be driven by the ability to create demonstrable business value in a digital economy. Business value will not be measured just by ROI but by the ability to deliver faster application deployment with less human intervention, a better user experience, and simpler operations.

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Andes Technology | October 31, 2022

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SoftwareReviews | October 21, 2022

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