ESG Infographic:

The Case for Secure
Virtual Browsers

A vast majority of organizations say that preventing and detecting security incidents is much more difficult today than it was 2 years ago. Why? Fifty-nine percent say that cyber-attacks are more sophisticated than they were 2 years ago, 45% claim that cyber-attacks are more frequent than 2 years ago, and 40% insist that cyber-adversaries are more technically proficient than they were 2 years ago. In aggregate, enterprises are experiencing more damaging attacks leading to more data breaches.

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    59%

    say that cyber-attacks are
    more sophisticated than they
    were 2 years ago

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    45%

    claim that cyber-attacks
    are more frequent than
    2 years ago

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    40%

    insist cyber-adversaries
    are more technically proficient
    than they were 2 years ago

The Value of Web Browsers

Organizations clearly consider web browsers as critical, very important, or important for day-to-day business operations and employee productivity. This makes it incumbent upon CISOs to enable the business benefit of Internet browsers while mitigating risk. This can be accomplished by deploying technologies such as Passages, a hardened browser.

90 %

say critical or very important

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Frequency of Browser-specific Security Breaches

29%

Have experienced a security breach (i.e., successful malware attack, system compromise, etc.) within the past 24 months related to an attack that was introduced into your network via an endpoint browser.

25-50
BROWSER
BREACHES

16%

of organizations have experienced browser breaches between 25 and 50 times

50-100
BROWSER
BREACHES

5%

have experienced browser breaches between 50 and 100 times.

ESG research indicates that
88% of organizations say that
multiple browsers on each endpoint
is a common phenomenon.

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Browser security (and subsequent breaches) are often a byproduct of the proliferation of different browser types and revisions.

Challenges of Browser-specific Security

Aside from the proliferation of multiple browsers per desktop, security professionals believe that browser security is difficult because of scalability issues. Additionally:

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23%

say that their organizations spend the bulk of their time reacting to Security alerts and not enough time in vulnerable areas like browser security.

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23%

claim that browsers are not monitored for vulnerabilities or configuration problems as often as they should be.

Clearly, many organizations simply can’t keep up with the maintenance tasks and security hygiene necessary to protect web browsers from attack. Isolated virtualized browsers like Passages can help reduce the time and effort spent keeping up with patches.

The Bigger Truth

Browser security won’t get easier anytime soon, leaving organizations open to increased risk of a system compromise or data breach. It’s time for CISOs to think “inside the box” and consider new types of browser security models that virtualize web browsers using isolation technology. Secure virtual browsers like Passages can execute all web traffic within a dedicated environment and help protect organizations from all types of browser-based exploits and malware.