This paper discusses the new generation of web security offerings provided by service providers in the cloud, where protection is applied at the point where the threats are being seen—that is, directed at web-based applications. In taking the protection nearer to the threats, organisations can benefit from vastly improved internet security as the threats are stopped before they ever reach the network. This paper discusses the reality of web-based threats today, and discusses the drivers for cloud-based computing and the benefits that organisations will see from use of a dedicated service provider for handling functions that are necessary, but that are not a core competence of the organisation. It is intended to be read by executives at companies of all sizes, and especially those at small and medium organisations that have little to gain from running such services themselves.
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