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Isolation: It’s Not Always a Bad Thing

For gov’t agencies under increasing attack, threat isolation strategies likely to loom large in battle against bad actors

The internet offers a lot of benefits: You can buy almost anything on Amazon, let ESPN manage your fantasy football league, and reconnect with old friends and family members through social media.

But, as we all know, the web provides significant security challenges. The threat of phishing, ransomware and other malicious attacks from uncategorized URLs, websites and email is ever-present. And, the government is a prime target for attack.

In order to mitigate these risks, threat isolation strategies have become an innovative way to help agencies fight the efforts of bad actors. These technologies can help agencies keep systems secure, protecting devices, networks and the growing number of web-connected technologies, which have dramatically expanded the traditional boundary.

As background, threat isolation executes web sessions away from endpoints, sending only safe rendering information to users’ browsers thereby preventing any website delivered zero-day malware from reaching devices. It is an emerging technology, and it will be a key component of the upcoming Symantec Government Symposium. This event, held October 30 at the Marriott Marquis in Washington D.C., will bring together hundreds of leaders throughout government and industry to discuss the ever-changing cyber landscape, and what technologies have proven effective against the newest threats.

The use of threat isolation strategies will be the subject of our lunch and learn session during the Symantec Government Symposium. Chad Knupp, a federal systems engineer for Symantec, and I will discuss how these technologies have evolved and, more importantly, how they can be brought into today’s government environment.

The session will discuss:

  • The benefits of an isolation strategy and its role in an integrated cyber defense platform
  • How to give privileged users extra protection from web-based threats
  • The effect an isolation strategy will have on overall IT spending
  • How threat isolation reduces the inherent risk of messaging and web applications to give IT administrators greater control

To Register for the Symantec Government Symposium: Click HERE

The recently released Cloud Smart Strategy and National Cyber Strategy provide insight into how the Trump administration wants to strengthen agency security. The onus is now on the agencies themselves to implement these strategies in an effort to keep data secure.

Threat isolation plays a part in this new cyber security paradigm. Join us at the Symantec Government Symposium to learn how these technologies can specifically help government agencies, and what other technologies and techniques agencies can look to today to make significant change.

For the complete Symantec Government Symposium agenda, visit here.

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About the Author

Dan Amiga

VP - Web Isolation, Symantec

Dan is the VP of Web Isolation, coming to Symantec as the Founder of Fireglass, acquired in 2017. Dan has spent years in the IDF Intelligence where he focused on inventing and engineering new security technologies.

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