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Here’s Why the Days of Conventional Local Browsers Are Numbered


The web browser is the Achilles heel of modern business. Whenever we access the web we are at risk from web-borne malware. And whenever a customer accesses an organisation’s web applications or portal, both the business and the customer are vulnerable. All up, the web browser isn’t serving any business particularly well.

These vulnerabilities exist because of the way in which browsers work. When we browse the web, content is downloaded to our device and executed locally. If any of that content is malicious, then we might have a problem.

To make sure that this never happens, we need to make a change. We need to stop using locally installed browsers. This is what happens when we switch to isolated browsing.

When we switch to isolated browsing, we move all our browsing activity off our devices and into the cloud. This process is known as moving the end-point and results in a more secure web, for two keys reasons:

1. Organisations can grant employees broad access to the web, safe in the knowledge that their browsing activity can never result in infection. Even if someone takes a wrong turn and clicks on something that they shouldn’t, nothing bad is going to happen. It is physically impossible for infections to pass from the isolated browsing environment to the organisation’s infrastructure. By moving the end-point into the cloud, web access is made more secure.

2. Organisations can control the environment used by customers to access their web apps and portals. Rather than connecting directly using a device and browser that may or may not be secure, customers are routed to the organisation’s web properties via a secure, private, virus-free environment under their control. By moving the end-point from an environment of unknown security to an environment of quantifiable security, all transactions between the two parties are made more secure.

The web is a risky place. We share it with scammers, crooks and hackers: lone wolves, criminal gangs and nation-states. So, we need to be taking every security precaution possible when doing business online. By moving the end-point, we bring greater certainty and safety to web access and online business. That’s got to be a good thing, right?

Simon GibbardComment