Bromium Beta: A Primer

 

Welcome to the Bromium beta! Everything you need to know is here (or should be).

Minimum system requirements and download information (including webinar).

FAQ: and if you don’t see your answer here, ask it in comments and we’ll get you that answer.

Legalese: what you’re agreeing to when you participate.

To get started, you will need a personalized link from us to get your download. Each link is tied to your license to use Bromium, so it can’t be shared. If someone you know wants to try the beta, they will have to get on the waiting list (and you can remain cool because you signed up early).


Minimum System Requirements

  • Windows 7, 8.1 or 10 x64 (Creators Update or earlier) – English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Swedish
  • Intel Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU (VT-x & EPT) or a modern AMD CPU (AMD-v & RVI) with Virtualization Technology enabled in the BIOS
  • 4GB RAM minimum – 6GB or more preferred
  • 6GB of free disk space
  • Office 2010, 2013, 2016, or 365 if you intend to isolate Office documents (Office must be licensed and activated)
  • Adobe Acrobat or Reader 9+ if you intend to isolate PDF files
  • AV exclusions to allow correct operation of the Bromium software (detailed interoperability article):
    %userprofile%\AppData\LocalLow\Bromium
    %userprofile%\AppData\Local\Bromium
    %programfiles%\Bromium
    %programdata%\Bromium

Installation Note: Here is the URL to configure the Bromium Controller. Policy and license will be sent to your protected machine upon connecting to the controller.
https://bug-bec.bromium-online.com


Frequently Asked Questions

What protection is configured for the Beta?

The Beta utilizes the Bromium Secure Platform and is configured to isolate web browsing and external files accessed by the web downloads, email attachments, USB drives, or files transferred to your desktop via Skype, Skype for Business, Remote Desktop Connections, and Citrix ICA sessions.

Documents and files that ingress onto the machine through the applications mentioned above will be marked with a Br icon overlay and considered “Untrusted”. When a user launches these files, they will open in associated applications in isolation.

What files are isolated?

Document and file protection is configured for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF, videos, archives, scripts, and executables.

What files are auto-trusted?

 Bromium has the ability to isolate image files such JPG, TIF, PNG, etc… However, for the beta policy these files have been configured to be automatically trusted. Bromium can also mark as untrusted unsupported file types such a Visio, Project and Auto-Cad files. Since Bromium does not support running these types of files in a micro-VM, these files and any other unsupported file types are being marked automatically as trusted in the beta policy configuration.

How do I protect clicking web links?

 You should set your default browser to Internet Explorer, or Firefox ESR to isolate web links in a micro-VM.

What about other browsers?

Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome are not being micro-virtualized with the beta configuration. However, all file downloads from these browsers are marked as untrusted and will open in a micro-VM.

What is the Bromium Secure Browser?

Bromium utilizes Chromium to support micro-virtualization of the Chrome browser in the enterprise edition. For the Beta, Bromium is allowing you to test a secure Chromium experience by launching the Bromium Secure Browser. Google Chrome is not being replaced, but a copy of your local Chrome profile will be made when you launch the Bromium Secure Browser.

How do I create a shortcut link to the Bromium Secure Browser?

You can access the Bromium Secure Browser by creating a shortcut to launch %brs%\chrome.exe

 

Why isn’t Adobe Flash working in the Bromium Secure Browser?

During the Beta process, we will provide an updated version of the Bromium Secure Browser via App Pack. The Bromium Secure Browser will support the Flash Player for Opera and Chromium – PPAPI

  • Download the latest Flash Player plugin from the Adobe website: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
  • Select your Microsoft Windows version (for example, Windows 7 and the PPAPI for Bromium-protected Chrome version of the plugin.)
  • Run the downloaded installer on the Windows system.

Bromium will detect the installation of the plugin and automatically reinitialize once it is installed.

Can I temporarily trust a website if I need to? 

Yes – there is a temporary trust model. Right click in a blank space on the webpage and select Trust this site. You will be prompted for a reason the website needed trusting. Enter the reason and select the Trust button. Temporary trust is removed after closing the browser session.

Does Bromium interfere with my internal applications?

Bromium does not virtualize all applications running on the computer, but focuses on isolating the most popular vectors of attack, web browsing, web downloads, and email attachments. Files created by the user such as a Word document are not isolated until the file is copied back to the host from a protected vector.

Will Bromium stop ransomware?

Yes, file based and file-less ransomware opened in isolation is allowed to execute and cannot infect your host computer. The Security Alerts section of the Bromium Desktop Console will display details of ransomware and other attack execution.

What is Trust and Open?

While working with documents in isolation, you may encounter a workflow that requires additional access to a resource not available in isolation. If this occurs, you will be prompted with a message asking if you wish to Trust and Open. With the Beta policy, Bromium evaluates the execution of the document in isolation and allows it to be trusted if no malicious activity is detected. We recommend you only trust documents/files when necessary. Some file types may require administrative rights (UAC prompt) to allow the file to be trusted and no longer run in isolation. See this article for more details.

How do I receive a new license after expiration?

The license for the Beta program is time restricted. Your protected machine will need to connect via the internet to the Bromium Controller for a license extension.

Additional FAQ related to enterprise version.

Found a bug or have more questions? Email beta-support@bromium.com


The Fine Print (Legalese)

Notwithstanding anything to the contrary set forth in the Bromium® Software License and Services Agreement governing your access to and use of the Bromium Platform (the “EULA”):

  • Your permitted use of Evaluation Software (as defined in the EULA) includes access to the Cloud Services (as defined in the EULA) for the evaluation period.
  • The evaluation period will be twelve months from the date of this notice, unless earlier terminated by Bromium.
  • Your use of the Evaluation Software is conditioned upon your continued use of the Cloud Services and submission of feedback and other data as required by the Evaluation Software. The Evaluation Software may not function if you fail to provide such feedback and data.
  • Bromium will provide you with reasonable technical support in accordance with the terms set forth on Exhibit A to the EULA.

Any comments, ideas, or reports you provide to Bromium regarding installation, functionality, performance, accuracy, consistency, and ease of use of the Software or Cloud Services (“Feedback”) will be considered Bromium’s proprietary and confidential information, and you hereby irrevocably transfer and assign to Bromium all rights embodied in or arising in connection with such Feedback. Bromium, in its sole discretion, may freely use all Feedback, without attribution or compensation to you.