Adding a HTTPS content filter to your network will mean that any website that someone attempts to access will have encryption removed, content reviewed and re-encryption employed so as to come to the SSL inspection procedure. This process will keep your network safe from malware infections and in line with acceptable-use policies.
This is a crucial tool for you to deploy as hackers are renowned for targeting networks that have not installed a web filter so no SSL inspection process will be completed. Cybercriminals are able to hide exploit kits and URLs to phishing portals in the content of encrypted websites and these will not be recognized if you are not using a solution that includes SSL inspection.
Cybercriminals are using websites with an SSL certificate much more nowadays as these are much more easy to obtain and Certification authorities are not as forceful in relation to the application of their policies as well. SSL certification has become a standard addition when setting up a website as it is thought to be necessary for SEO reasons. As a result, more than 50% of the world’s websites are now encrypted. This places an onus on those responsible for network security to invest in a HTTPS content filter so that all attacks can be mitigated. If they do not do so then there is a high probability that their group’s databases will be hacked and valuable protected information will be lost.
You would think that it is a natural step for a group to move quickly and implement a HTTPS filter to prevent databases from being targeted. However, many network managers choose not to do so out of concerns related to possible bandith issues linked to CPU resources. This could see network performance and slowing Internet speed being greatly impacted.
There is a way of addressing this concern however. A whitelisting feature will allow you to list certain websites and platforms and do not require SSL inspection to take place. As you continue to add more and more websites to your whitelist then there will be less for the solution to process when recurring visits take place. Whitelisting can be conducted on both software-based and cloud-based filtering solutions.
If network administrators are concerned about bandwidth strain then it may be a wise step to do a complete audit of usage to make sure that staff are not using a lot of websites that can cause latency issues such as video/musc platforms or online shopping.