ManageEngine helps businesses tackle browser-based attacks

ManageEngine helps businesses tackle browser-based attacks
With cloud applications on the rise, browsers have become endpoints in and of themselves, Venkatachalam said.
Published: 19 September 2018 - 11:32 a.m.
By: David Ndichu

A new security tool from ManageEngine helps organisations secure their corporate data in the cloud and protect their networks from web-based cyberattacks by securing their web browsers.

Browser Security Plus provides businesses with a layer of management capabilities for browsers and their add-ons to improve network health by preventing, detecting and fixing browser vulnerabilities.

Browser Security Plus can secure multiple browsers used in Windows environments, such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and Edge.

“For the longest time, browsers have been considered just another application. With cloud applications pivoting the way business is done, browsers have become endpoints in and of themselves, capable of achieving functionalities of a number of native applications put together,” said Mathivanan Venkatachalam, vice president of ManageEngine. “By managing browsers the same way they manage endpoints like desktops and mobile devices, enterprises can seal their network from possible attacks at its most used threshold.”

As modern web, portable computing devices, and other technologies have enabled employees to work from anywhere, there’s been a surge in cloud adoption among organizations, and browsers have evolved to be silent entry points for accessing corporate data. According to Statista, browsers have accounted for 23.47% of exploit attacks in 2018 as of Q1. This has a serious impact on enterprise security, as attackers leverage unsecured browsers and web applications to create lasting business repercussions.

Browser Security Plus boosts compliance by allowing IT teams to set rules required by their organisation and also monitor for compliance with Security Technical Implementation Guidelines (STIG) and industry security standards predefined by the Center for Internet Security (CIS).

Additionally, businesses can deploy policies more intelligently-browser configurations are grouped into policies that address specific requirements such as threat defense and data leakage prevention.

Finally, Browser Security Plus caters to add-on management by offering IT teams the capability to provide and revoke access to browser add-ons like extensions and plug-ins based on their reliability and also silently push mission-critical extensions to computers from a central repository.

Trusted websites and business applications are segregated from their untrusted counterparts. Untrusted sites are rendered in a virtual browser to ensure enterprise data remains secure.

Browser Security Plus covers critical aspects of securing a browser — from obtaining visibility, enforcing security policies, and controlling access to ensuring compliance with enforced policies. The company also plans to extend its browser management capabilities to macOS, followed by other operating systems in the near future.

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