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Anonymous Application Access: Get This Valuable Service Safely On Board

By Amir Mizhar

In an age where the cloud has made browser interactions the norm, companies are discovering the value of anonymous application access and client-less access. With so many open portals delivered to end users over the Internet, it has become important for companies to offer both registered and anonymous access for many reasons. Many of the use cases for anonymous access have to do with file uploads or input. Companies in various industries have to be able to deliver unencumbered browser interactions to anonymous users to allow them to interact with the business in a fundamental way.

Think about a job applicant uploading a resume to an HR portal. How about medical providers sending files to some other external healthcare system? Then there's all the garden-variety messaging and uploading that gets done by customers of product and service companies.

Providing Access without the Risk

When it comes to delivering both anonymous and registered access, it's not really about regulation – it's about functionality. Companies that can't do this in a browser without using specialized tools are going to be left in the dust. They won't have the same powers and capabilities of interaction that can help with customer engagement and ease-of-use. CTOs know that it's vital to achieve dual access.

At the same time, client-less access is giving some executives some amount of heartburn. The recent implementation of GDPR is only part of the furor around increased cybersecurity and increased liability from any kind of data breach. So companies are faced with the conundrum of how to prevent malware from seeping into systems from anonymously uploaded files or client-less access inputs into the network. The Trojan horse is as old as the Romans, but it's still a problem in the 21st century.

That’s where Safe-T’s proprietary software defined access model, which enables all sorts of anonymous user access without exposing the system to danger, comes into play. The Safe-T system creates three separate tiers – a DMZ tier, an anti-malware tier, and a LAN tier. Each of these is separated by a firewall, which creates a safe zone for powerful anti-malware tools to go about the business of scrubbing these anonymous files and ensuring that there's no hazard or threat to the network.

Key Benefits of Anonymous User Access

One of the significant advantages of this approach is that there are no open ports required in the firewall. The firewall is always set to ‘deny all’ – the specific infrastructure of the three-tiered system brings the individual pieces into the anti-malware tier, where an anti-malware access controller is constantly polling the DMZ access gateway and passing on items to the anti-malware data exchange server. One way to think of this is that the anti-malware infrastructure is always there in the background ‘suctioning’ the stream of incoming packets and inputs to make sure everything is in good shape before the LAN data exchange server stores the resulting files in backend storage.

Another major benefit of this specific anonymous application access solution is that it provides monitoring throughout the full lifecycle of the end user access process. It's when companies don't have this kind of comprehensive monitoring in place that they run the risk of malicious attacks coming through anonymous end user processes. If they can't see what's happening as inputs go into the network, they're very much vulnerable to all of those outside parties who are trying to breach the gates.

Safe-T Ensures Your Data Stays in the Right Hands

Safe-T’s system, which includes patented reverse access technology, is a scalable one. It enables safe client-less access and keeps DMZ components out of reach of hackers. The use of a comprehensive system like this leads to dramatic results. Companies can confidently pursue paperless service processes, give customer service and customer experience a shot in the arm, and fully support all types of users with an automated network process that brings the firm fully into the vanguard of tech-savvy companies doing more in the digital space.

Learn more about Safe-T's Anonymous Application Access solution and how to deploy it in your organization.

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