This article is explaining how the Astra App works and what the benefits are with using the security features that come with the Astra service.
Table of Content
1) What is the Astra app?
Astra is an application that provides security for the VPN users, without having to be behind a firewall. By ensuring the same security controls applied to HQ or branch networks, it will extend the security to the home or remote worker. From fixed places to roaming users, providing security by tiers from VPN client, Endpoint, RAP and Firewalls.
2) Why is the Astra App needed?
As users are moving to home offices and working remote on the road, the need for security is bigger than ever. With organizations today being de-centralized and IoT driven, a growing number of connected devices including work from home environment can be seen. Therefore we need visibility, control and being able to provide a response to that need.
providing the ability to identify people, device, and applications without them being on-site
Meaning that anyone attempting to access a resource must authenticate first with a strong authentication method
Meaning that having a timely reaction to what is being identified as malicious is key to success
3) What value is the Astra App providing?
The Astra App is cloud-based, and an engineless endpoint security feature which means that nothing needs to be hosted for the Astra service to work. It can predict if E-mails has been leaked where you as an administrator gets a notification. It can also block unwanted traffic by monitoring what websites and content the users are looking at, where malicious and phising websites can be blocked. Along with a real-time web-browsing detection, the App also provides analyzing and visibility for the administrator with 7-day historical data.
Users today are informed, however, it only takes 1 single user to click on an image like above for anything disastrous to happen.
In our internal testing during 2 weeks and with 40 users, we found 37 UIDs hit threats and 125 URL/IP threats where 95% of the users were exposed to dangerous environments.
4) How does the Astra App work?
4a) Astra UI: Home
Here you can see the service status (are you protected?) as well as the activity of processed traffic and scanned sessions as well as the websites and IPs that has been processed. As an admin you can also see what members (users) are in the risk group.
4b) Astra UI: Alert & Action Log
Here you'll see the alerts and information regarding the blocked websites and IPs. You'll see how many websites and IPs and number of attempts. This can be communicated throughout the organization to inform the risky users as well as prove the value that Astra App brings.
4c) Astra UI: Others
Here you can controll the push notifications, license statuses, the user logins, eventual service maintenance, turning off and on the Astra service, visit the Astra action log and more.
4d) License & Members
Here you can view the members (users), add and remove users.