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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 [email protected].

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Jason Bloomberg is the leading expert on architecting agility for the enterprise. As president of Intellyx, Mr. Bloomberg brings his years of thought leadership in the areas of Cloud Computing, Enterprise Architecture, and Service-Oriented Architecture to a global clientele of business executives, architects, software vendors, and Cloud service providers looking to achieve technology-enabled business agility across their organizations and for their customers. His latest book, The Agile Architecture Revolution (John Wiley & Sons, 2013), sets the stage for Mr. Bloomberg’s groundbreaking Agile Architecture vision.

Mr. Bloomberg is perhaps best known for his twelve years at ZapThink, where he created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) SOA course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, the leading SOA advisory and analysis firm, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011. He now runs the successor to the LZA program, the Bloomberg Agile Architecture Course, around the world.

Mr. Bloomberg is a frequent conference speaker and prolific writer. He has published over 500 articles, spoken at over 300 conferences, Webinars, and other events, and has been quoted in the press over 1,400 times as the leading expert on agile approaches to architecture in the enterprise.

Mr. Bloomberg’s previous book, Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (John Wiley & Sons, 2006, coauthored with Ron Schmelzer), is recognized as the leading business book on Service Orientation. He also co-authored the books XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996).

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).

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