- Detection-based IT security solutions have never worked, and will never work.
- More security layers is not the answer, but smarter layers can work.
- Shift your mindset from “prevent, detect, and respond” to “isolate, contain, and control.”
Layer after layer of security is not stopping breaches. We can’t keep the bad guys out. Oddly enough, 80+ years ago we learned it was mathematically impossible for detection-based security to stop cyberattacks. There will always be vulnerabilities for criminals to exploit, yet IT security continues down the detection-based path. Organizations continue to add on more security layers, hoping that each new layer will be the answer. And yet, ransomware, phishing attacks and data breaches are the new normal. We are inundated with news reports, and yet we feel unable to protect ourselves, our data and our intellectual property.
Some of the most recent data breaches could have been reduced, even avoided, by segmenting the network and applications. Of course network segmentation is not a new concept, but the adoption is slow due to configuration complexities and difficulties accessing the segmented data.
- One approach is to add new PCs that can only access the segmented data. However, this is a huge expense and massive time in deployment which in the end will slow down innovation.
- Another approach is virtual desktops that allow users access the segmented data. But historically virtual desktops have been plagued by poor performance. Moreover, if the source PC accessing the virtual desktop is infected with malware that can result in an enterprise-wide breach.
- Segmenting IP and sensitive data is another layer of defense, but you may still be at risk if you don’t isolate the applications that are accessing you IP.
Smarter layers, not more layers
Everyone wants to leverage technology to do more with less. Can you achieve better, more effective reliable security with fewer defensive layers? Yes, if you accept that detection will always fail, and subsequently change your security mindset from “prevent, detect, and respond” to “isolate, contain, and control.”
Application isolation eliminates the expense of duplicating hardware and maintenance, while securing the virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) farm from threats. The Bromium Secure Platform initiates an isolated virtual machine – transparent to the end user – for every application the user needs to access the data.
Bromium uses virtualization – the single best technology that has transformed computing – to isolate threats from impacting your organization, while letting end users click with confidence. So every time a user opens a tab in a browser, clicks on an untrusted Office or PDF document, or runs an untrusted executable, Bromium creates a seamless hardware isolated virtual machine that performs the task for the user. If malware were part of that task, it only resides in that virtual machine for that specific task, thus keeping the protected host operating system safe.
Bromium enables several applications to run on the same hardware, completely isolated and independent of each other. “Isolate, contain, and control” secures your most vulnerable assets – your endpoints.
View the on-demand webinar (below) to learn how to streamline your security stack to take advantage of segmentation. You’ll see how to protect intellectual property and customer data by stopping threats that attack the endpoint:
- Why detection-based solutions are failing
- Why cybercriminals target end users (and succeed)
- How application isolation provides true protection