How did the local browser become the “security sinkhole" of today’s enterprise? And, more importantly, what’s the alternative ? How can enterprise IT leaders protect their infrastructure against web-borne threats, without putting productivity at risk by restricting web access?
Network security expert David Strom answers these questions in a new whitepaper, titled Why a Virtual Browser is Important For Your Enterprise . The whitepaper includes a detailed list of features that enterprise IT security managers should expect from “virtual” or “security-aware” browsers.
Five of Strom’s (eight) criteria for how to pick the most secure browser for the enterprise:
- the ability to “keep all browsing information protected on a separate and secure network”,
- the option to “enforce corporate acceptable use policies to allow/block specific content categories and websites”,
- “single sign-on features to allow users to share credentials for a collection of SaaS-based services”,
- the “ability to add multi-factor authentication (MFA)”
- “anonymous surfing” capabilities.
Phishing, drive-by attacks, ransomware, SQL injections, man-in-the-middle and other exploits all take advantage of the inherent security weakness of the local browser. This has IT security leaders exploring the virtual browser as a secure alternative.
Strom’s whitepaper provides enterprise-relevant selection criteria and can serve as a checklist for establishing state-of-the-art browser security. We think Silo meets the checklist pretty well.
See for yourself. Download the whitepaper here [PDF]: