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Update on DoD’s cloud-based Internet isolation

Kowsik Guruswamy | Oct 28, 2020

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I’m very proud of what we do at Menlo Security. We work very hard to make sure organizations and users around the world can safely access the tools and information they need to keep businesses running. We prevent confidential data from falling into the wrong hands. We protect users’ most personal data from malicious actors. And we enable remote productivity for organizations impacted by pandemics, wildfires, and other hazards.

I was reminded of the good work we do when, earlier this month, I had the opportunity to go on Federal Tech Talk, a podcast hosted by John Gilroy. I was joined by my good friend Mike Hatcher, chief revenue officer at By Light, a trusted cybersecurity service provider for federal agencies. Together, Menlo and By Light are building a cloud-based Internet isolation (CBII) solution for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

For those who don’t know, DISA provides IT and communications support to the Office of the President, the Vice President, the Secretary of Defense, all six military branches, the combat commands, and other individuals and systems that contribute to the defense of the United States. In total, we’re talking about 3.5 million users worldwide. Needless to say, it’s pretty hefty stuff.

The CBII solution uses the Menlo Security Cloud Platform, powered by an Isolation Core™, to move the browsing process off desktops and to the cloud—creating an “air gap” between the Internet and agency networks. This allows defense officials deployed around the world to safely and securely access the Internet without falling prey to web-based threats such as phishing, drive-by exploits, and zero-day attacks. Locking down these users’ devices allows people to click with impunity, without having to worry about downloading malicious code or giving their credentials to a fake web form. They can focus completely on just carrying out their mission.

This is life-and-death stuff. As the world grows more uncertain, it’s essential that the good guys are able to communicate and collaborate across oceans in real time as threats come out of the shadows or exhibit a show of force. They need confidence that they are not being monitored and that confidential information is not compromised.

During our conversation, Mike and I talked about our CBII solution, web isolation in general, and the underlying technology from Menlo that powers the solution. We even got down into the weeds a bit and talked about the challenges of scaling to 3.5 million users through our global cloud network.

Check out my conversation with Mike and John on the Federal Tech Talk podcast and let me know what you think.

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