Background of Browser Isolation
Web browsers are one of the most common business applications used today. Organizations of every size in every industry rely on the internet one way or the other to successfully conduct their business. Unfortunately, web browsers also present a huge security liability as a major access point for malware to infiltrate business machines.
Traditionally, organizations have relied on a wide range of security solutions for web-based malware protection. Some solutions use an algorithm to determine if the web content coming into a network is good or bad. Other solutions block users from navigating to websites that might contain dangerous code. Examples of these kinds of security products include web proxies and secure web gateways.
While effective, these approaches may miss zero-day malware, and blocking users from websites can have a negative effect on productivity. Cybersecurity industry statistics and trends continue to show that security spending is high and still rising as organizations struggle to provide adequate security measures against malware.
In response to these issues, the concept of Browser Isolation was the result of thinking through what it would take to completely stop web-based malware from infiltrating a network. Instead of trying to keep users away from unsafe websites, isolated browsing allows users to safely access any website, even if it is malicious. Browser Isolation technology adopts a Zero Trust approach in assuming no web content is safe. All user browsing activity is moved to an isolated environment away from the user’s computer. Since no web content actually ever reaches the user’s computer, malware has no entry point into the system.