Application Maintenance = Painting a Bridge
- Many businesses are struggling to maintain their application estates because app updates are painful, and may not even be possible in the medium term.
- The market is trying hard to move to seamless and frequent application upgrades. This often relies on the vendor to handle the patching – but they don’t know your PCs.
- Hardware enforced isolation protects you before the vendor of the app is even aware of any security vulnerabilities.
Bromium is most well-known for secure browsing and secure document handling. However, there are other benefits from using micro-virtualization that may not be immediately obvious. One of these is application maintenance.
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An impossible task
Many businesses are struggling to maintain their application estates. There are tools that can tell you if you have older software versions running, there are also tools that can help you update them, but there’s no easy way of knowing what impact these changes will have on your Line-of-Business (LOB) applications and workflows. Which means that you probably have the classic feeling of the ‘painting-the-bridge’ cycle; where you start at one end, get to the other end, then start again…
If there’s a new feature that you want, then upgrading an app may justify itself. But if the upgrade is simply to fix a security vulnerability then this can sometimes be a harder internal sell, or certainly a more bitter pill to swallow. And what if you can’t upgrade the app, because it’ll break if you do?
Every Windows PC is different
The market is trying hard to move to seamless and frequent application upgrades. This often relies on the vendor to handle the patching. (Hey: you’re busy, right? You don’t have time to keep up to speed on the changes that happen on all the apps you’re using).
However, while this is a great goal, it’s very hard in practice. All Windows PCs are slightly different; no matter how hard you try to make them the same. How can any vendor foresee all the potential complications on your enterprise Windows build?
It’s a bit like humans. From a statistical DNA perspective, we’re all almost identical. But if a room of people all take a headache pill at the same time, one of them might have an allergic reaction.
Hardware isolation = no more crisis patching
With Bromium you can upgrade your applications when your business wants to – not when the vendor of the app tells you to. Any unsafe content (websites, email attachments, files on USB stick etc) runs within an isolated micro-VM. So if an attacker attempts to use a vulnerability in an app to attack you, you no longer care. Which means no more crisis patching. Due to this robust isolation, you get protection from both known and unknown vulnerabilities – so you’re protected before the vendor of the app is even aware of the weakness and can send you a patch.
If you’re struggling because you need to run IE9 to support your web apps, or you can’t update JAVA without a massive application development project, or you simply want to be able to run Flash-based websites and can’t live without them – let Bromium come to your aid. You get the best malware protection on the market and can put application maintenance back under your control at the same time.