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Freedom, Exploration and Menlo Security

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T.S. Elliot once said, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”  This quote rings true because, as humans, exploration is deeply rooted in our nature. From the time we are toddlers, we seek knowledge through discoveries in our immediate physical environment, one room at a time in our homes, in the backyard, at the park, all under the watchful eyes of our parents and caregivers.

As we grow, so does our desire to explore. We are unbound and free to travel the globe and seek adventure in many forms, from kayaking, to mountain biking, to diving. And our need to explore isn’t limited to our physical environment. We are also driven to discover new sources of knowledge and information, and no source of knowledge information is as rich and boundless as the internet. We yearn to to explore this medium in much the same way we explore our physical world.  

But exploration is based on two underlying dependencies: freedom and safety. How can we explore if we are not free? And if the risk is too high, adventures can end tragically. Remember, an important part of exploration is to “arrive where we started” as T.S. Elliot so eloquently stated. The same holds true for the internet.

To help protect their organizations, IT security departments have decided to lock down the web, severely limiting the freedom of users to access the information they require to get their jobs done. In short, there is limited safety and limited freedom, so users cannot truly explore the web…. Until now.

A new approach to preventing malware uses isolation, which inserts a secure, trusted execution environment, or isolation platform, between the user and potential sources of attacks. By executing sessions away from the endpoint and delivering only safe rendering information to devices, users are protected from malware and malicious activity.

The Menlo Security Isolation Platform, eliminates the possibility of malware reaching user devices via compromised or malicious web sites, email or documents. This is not detection or classification, rather the user’s web session and all active content (e.g. Java, Flash, etc.), whether good or bad, is fully executed and contained in the Isolation Platform. Only safe, malware-free rendering information is delivered to the user’s endpoint. No active content—including any potential malware—leaves the platform. As such, malware has no path to reach an endpoint, and legitimate content needn’t be blocked in the interest of security. Administrators can open up more of the Internet to their users while simultaneously eliminating the risk of attacks.

In the spirit of T.S. Elliot, we encourage you to visit Menlo Security’s new website to see how our ground-breaking isolation platform gives users the freedom to explore the web with 100% safety.

Tags: malware, blog, innovation, isolation, security, ransomware

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