I first encountered Bromium at the RSA Security Conference in February of this year. I was thoroughly intrigued to hear about what they had entering the ring. A formidable opponent in the battle against desktop security.
The technology, now in beta test mode, was debuted at GigaOM’s Structure Conferrence today. Crosby won’t say how or when it will be productized but noted that it will encompass a mix of open source software (include some Xen stuff) and closed source software and will be sold as a proprietary product. Well, it is security software after all.
The beauty of the client app is that it doesn’t impair the user experience or require special management tools, Bromium claims. This solution is said to resolve the biggest obstacle inhibiting BYOD in the enterprise because its satisfies both the needs of the end user and the IT pro.
OK, I would really enjoy getting a chance to test this stuff out. So, how does it do it?
“The Microvisor automatically identifies each vulnerable task and instantly hardware-isolates it within a micro-VM, which is a lightweight, hardware-backed isolation container that polices access to all OS services and resources,” according to a statement released by the company today. “Micro-VMs run natively, with full performance, but continually protect the desktop – even from unknown threats. ”
This offering, if it holds up under scrutiny, sounds like a significant game changer. I should note, I don’t think that I have ever used that phrase before.
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