Integration provides users with best-in-class anti-malware tools and enhances ability of Passages Safehold to ensure web-delivered malware never reaches the computer
HERNDON, VA – February 17, 2016 – Ntrepid Corporation, a provider of cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions, today announced collaboration with Cylance Inc. to integrate its technology into Passages, the company’s secure virtual browser that allows users to navigate and browse the Internet without fear of picking up malware. Cylance is a leading cybersecurity company that uses artificial intelligence to predict cyber-attacks and block them on the endpoint in real time before they ever execute. This integration further enhances the ability of Passages Safehold, a secure web download feature of Passages, to allow users to access the online files they need while keeping malware off their computers.
“One of the biggest vulnerabilities associated with a browser is its ability to download dangerous files directly onto a local machine. This makes it far too easy for hostile websites to initiate drive-by downloads which place malware on the user’s local desktop,” explained Lance Cottrell, Chief Scientist for Passages. “The malware detection capabilities of CylancePROTECT® combined with the ability of Passages to isolate the web session from the actual computer create a powerful multi-layered approach to protecting our customers against web-based malware.”
Cylance is capable of detecting and blocking execution of even zero-day malware in both open and isolated networks without the need for continual updates. This is a perfect complement to Passages Safehold which stands between the secure browser and the user’s file system to automatically scan all files for possible malware before it is allowed near the user’s local desktop. Safehold ensures that malware is kept away from the user’s computer by quarantining downloaded files in a private cloud, preventing all automatic or accidental downloads. If files are shown to be safe, the user can initiate a transfer to their local computer. Only safe files that are intentionally requested by the user can ever make it to the local desktop. Additionally, administrators have the ability to access flagged files for further malware analysis.
”The security industry has given up too soon on cyber-attack prevention,” said Stuart McClure, president and CEO of Cylance. “We’re pleased to collaborate on an integration with Ntrepid, as the preventive capabilities of CylancePROTECT® and Passages Safehold are well-suited to both divert and destroy malware before it can execute on an endpoint.”
Cylance has developed an accurate, efficient and effective solution for identifying advanced malware by taking a mathematical approach. At the core of Cylance’s malware identification capability is a revolutionary machine learning research platform that harnesses the power of algorithmic science and artificial intelligence. It analyzes and classifies hundreds of thousands of characteristics per file, breaking them down to an atomic level to discern whether an object is “good” or “bad” in real time.
Passages represents a fundamentally new approach to protecting against the malware and targeted attacks that fill today’s web-based world. Instead of promoting what and where users cannot do/go on the web, Passages isolates the browser in a secure virtual machine, allowing business users to safely surf online without the risk of infecting their machines or compromising valuable enterprise data. Using Passages as the default method for Internet use, if/when a user clicks a bad link or is targeted with a web attack, they will be protected. Passages can be deployed on 64-bit Windows and Macintosh OS endpoints with hardware virtualization support. For more information on the benefits and uses of Passages, please visit: www.GetPassages.com.
About Cylance Inc.
Cylance is the only company to offer a preventive cybersecurity solution that stops advanced threats and malware—before they can execute—at the most vulnerable point: the endpoint. Applying a revolutionary artificial intelligence approach, CylancePROTECT® analyzes the DNA of code prior to its execution to find and prevent threats others can’t, while using a fraction of the system resources associated with antivirus and detect and respond solutions deployed in enterprises today. For more information visit: www.cylance.com
Passages provides a secure virtual browser that protects the enterprise from all web-based attacks, including web-delivered malware, watering hole attacks, spear phishing, passive information leakage, and drive-by downloads. Passages isolates all browsing activity from the local computer and network, allowing users to access any website and follow any link without risk to the company’s infrastructure or data. Additionally, Passages hides user identity and corporate affiliation, significantly reducing the ability of adversaries to conduct targeted social engineering attacks.
Leveraging Ntrepid Corporation’s platform and 15-year history of protecting the national security community from the world’s most sophisticated opponents, Passages allows organizations to implement security at the speed of business. From corporate identity management to secure browsing, Ntrepid products empower enterprise online research and data collection, eliminating threats to an online workforce. More information can be found at: www.NtrepidCorp.com.