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Authentic8: A New Approach to Browser Security

An Intellyx Brain Candy Brief

It’s no secret that the greatest security vulnerability for enterprise organizations is the user who will click on anything. Bad actors have figured out that it is often easier to trick users into voluntarily giving them access to their systems through a phish or social engineering attack than it is to execute a direct assault.

That means that in the cybersecurity wars, the browser is the first line of defense. But for most organizations, it’s a battle they are losing as securing the browser from easily-duped users is proving difficult to sustain.

Authentic8’s new virtual browser, called Silo, aims to solve this problem. Silo creates a one-time virtual browser within a secure sandbox environment each time a user requires a browser for any purpose. The browser runs in the cloud and only sends encrypted pixels to the client while receiving x/y coordinate interactions for hyperlink and copy/paste support.

The result is an arms-length interaction between the browser and the user’s compute resources, essentially eliminating the risk of a phish or ransomware attack that seeks to take over local control of a user’s device. It is an interesting approach that also offers protection against credential theft, the ability to provide geo-spoofing and per-client encryption key control ensuring that browsing records are secure.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. Intellyx publishes the Agile Digital Transformation Roadmap poster, advises companies on their digital transformation initiatives, and helps vendors communicate their agility stories. As of the time of writing, none of the organizations mentioned in this article are Intellyx customers. To be considered for a Brain Candy article, email us at pr@intellyx.com.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.