- For any of you who were at one time in your youth a Super Hero, technology today might be a little reminiscent of that time.
- Unlike those childhood games, however, this is no game at all. In the world of technology the enemy engages us with weapons like phishing and malware.
- What is this new super-powered defense? It is called Bromium, not just protection but a security tool that can provide valuable information about our attackers and what’s going on behind the enemy lines.
We have all seen children running rampant across the playground or maybe chasing each other in the yard. Some of us remember being those kids; maybe you were Superman or Batman? Did any of you employ the force field trick, that protective barrier between you and your enemy’s incoming attack? For any of you who were at one time in your youth a Super Hero, technology today might be a little reminiscent of that time. This is particularly true in the game of cyber security.
Unlike those childhood games, however, this is no game at all. In fact, this can literally be a matter of life and death. Our enemy today doesn’t use laser beams or extraordinary strength to attack us. In the world of technology the enemy engages us with weapons that are called things like phishing and malware.
Those super-human super smart people at SOC’s (security operations centers) not unlike our childhood hero’s at the Justice League, are constantly working to thwart enemy attacks. What the enemy doesn’t know, is that Kryptonite has finally met its match. So what is this new super powered defense? It is called Bromium, not just protection but a security tool that can provide valuable information about our attackers and what’s going on behind the enemy lines.
The Power of Bromium
Many of the defenses used to protect organizations from attacks are effective, but there are many issues that simply can’t be addressed with traditional security measures. The number of malware attacks prevented or ransomware threats averted using firewalls, data encryption and other security practices are certainly considerable. Yet with all the new weapons being formed to defeat those security measures daily, it is nearly impossible to defend every attack – until now.
The secret that sets Bromium apart is the use of micro virtualization. This is akin to a pseudo-world, where everything is a copy or image of the real thing. For end-users and security team members this mirrored world emulates the actual world. Open emails or investigate that curious message, visit that site or download that file without fear in this virtual-world. There is the secret, this world of Bromium you operate in will have no impact on the real world you live and work in.
Bromium Goes Beyond Protection
So there it is, a virtual world where any virus or attack unleashed will remain quarantined to that created arena, keeping the real world and your real information systems infrastructure safe and secure. Problem solved, right? Not so fast, the minds behind Bromium didn’t stop there. Stopping a threat or fending off an attack is only the beginning of what Bromium can do.
It has been said that history repeats itself, and in the world of warfare this holds true. Some country and some person invented the first hydrogen bomb, the first nuclear weapon. What happened next was someone else obtained information about those weapons and then created their own. The power of Bromium isn’t going to be used to create new weapons to wage a counter-attack, but it is going deliver intelligence regarding our attackers.
With the analytical and investigative tools afforded by Bromium, uncovering an attack, learning how it works and even being able to discover the location of an attacker is possible. That’s power! This kind of information is invaluable, and can be used in a multitude of ways and prevent future attacks.
The Technical Side
All of this superpower talk seems pretty simple and exciting, but the technology and process of this unique defense system is quite intricate. In most cases, Bromium will utilize your CPU’s built-in virtual technology (VT) to build and create a hardware-isolated micro VM’s. This is that aforementioned pseudo-world, and it acts to isolate user tasks and prevents attacks from getting past the virtual and into the real.
Bromium offers protection, detects threats, provides attacker information and it is smart too. Using this defense system, a user will only be given access to the files and tools necessary to complete a task. Using a feature called least privilege allows the system to recognize only what a user needs to perform a task, such as opening a PDF file or accessing a spreadsheet for example.
Literally Life and Death
It is an awful situation when a company is brought to its knees as a result of a cyber attack, or when an individual has their life turned upside-down because of a financial security breach. Yet there is an even bigger and potentially catastrophic result possible when energy, financial and governmental institutions are involved.
It is no secret that terrorist organizations and nation-states have been continually mounting attacks affiliated with plans of espionage or the crippling of national defenses. The need for cyber-security is driven by life and death type scenarios, and is one of the many reasons why Bromium has been making waves.
At last report, Bromium has implemented and launched over one billion micro-VM’s and not one breach has occurred. This isn’t the kind of security people want, it is the kind of security people need. From personal identity protection to an issue of national security, having a team of Super Hero’s to protect us is a great dream. Bromium doesn’t have super powers of course, but it does provide superior protection, tools to disarm the enemy and an undefeated record.
Somewhere in that land of childhood fantasy, Superman and Batman are smiling, and wielding a weapon called Bromium.