Purple Increases Security Following Recent Ransomware Attacks

The global WiFi analytics and WiFi marketing service provider Purple has taken the decision to improve security for its customers with a new WiFi content filtering service.

The decision to improve security was taken at an appropriate time. The recent WannaCry attacks, which affected more than 300,000 computers around the world, shows just how important it is for WiFi companies to take steps to improve security to protect their customers.

Ransomware attacks are now one of the biggest cybersecurity threats, with figures from Trend Micro showing a 752% increase in ransomware attacks in 2016. Malware developers have also stepped up their efforts, with record numbers of new malware variants now being released. Phishing attacks are similarly rising. The Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) says 2016 was the worst ever year for phishing attacks, with a 65% increase in attacks last year.

Purple has partnered with TitanHQ, the leading provider of WiFi content filtering solutions for enterprises and selected WebTitan WiFi. WebTitan WiFi blocks ransomware, malware and phishing threats, while allowing users to carefully filter out inappropriate, illegal, and undesirable website content.

The Content filtering solution has already been incorporated into the firm’s analytics package, which has now been rolled out for its existing customers. New customers will also benefit from secure, content-filtered WiFi.

Companies that have installed WebTitan are protected from a wide range of online threats, with the solution detecting and blocking more than 60,000 different malware iterations each day. The solution provides companies and users with peace of mind that they can access the Internet safely and securely.

The decision to implement a new WiFi filtering solution was a no brainer, although finding a suitable solution provider was not so straightforward. Purple is now a global company with customers in more than 70 countries around the world. Any WiFi filtering solution needed to be applied to all customers simultaneously. TitanHQ was able to replace its old system and roll out the installation of WebTitan quickly, migrating users safely and securely within a few days.

James Wood, Head of Integration at Purple said, “We approached TitanHQ with a number of specific requirements that were unique to Purple. From day one it was evident that they were capable of not only providing what we needed but were very responsive and technically adept.”

While customers would need to be protected from malware and phishing attacks, not all would have the same requirements for content filtering. WebTitan provided the necessary flexibility. Wood said, “Our customers can now manage their own filtering settings directly from the Purple Portal.”

Content filtering for WiFi networks is an important protection to keep WiFi users safe and secure and ensure WiFi networks cannot be abused and used for illegal or undesirable activity. Business are increasing choosing to protect their WiFi networks and carefully control what websites can be accessed through them.

Website filtering for WiFi networks is an important protection against web-based threats, and it is now common for businesses to apply controls to restrict the sites that can be accessed by WiFi users.  As TitanHQ CEO Ronan Kavanagh explained, “Over the next few years, WiFi filtering on all public WiFi hotspots will be the norm.”

Author: Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson is the Editor-in-Chief of NetSec.news