At Citrix Synergy this year, I had the opportunity to speak with Simon Crosby, co-founder and CTO at Bromium. Though Bromium didn't have a booth at this year's event, I've discovered on more than one occasion that Crosby and I have a knack for finding one another in a crowd of a few thousand people. That's great news for me because I was able to get a sneak peek at what Bromium has been up to since our last conversation months earlier.
I've spoken with Crosby over the years when he was with XenSource and later with Citrix, and his passion and knowledge about the Xen hypervisor never ceased to amaze me. When we met at Synergy to discuss his latest version of Bromium vSentry, I was interested to hear how his new company was making use of the Xen hypervisor and, even more, to find out what else was new since we last spoke.
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The Synergy event is now behind us, and Bromium has officially announced the 2.0 release of its microvirtualization desktop security tool, vSentry. vSentry offers a unique approach to desktop security by using microvirtualization to isolate and defeat all advanced attacks targeting the endpoint through Web, email and documents. vSentry protects desktops without requiring patches or updates, defeating and automatically discarding all malware, and eliminating the need for costly remediation. With this latest release, the company said it has focused its efforts on improving end-user mobility and collaboration.
Let's face it -- as more and more users are allowed to work remotely, the likelihood that an end-user's environment (or more to the point, the corporate environment itself) will become infected goes up dramatically. Why? Because mobile users often need to access enterprise applications and the Web while on an untrusted network that could be used to attack the endpoint.
Bromium's emphasis on secure mobility is to protect users who access corporate applications via wireless hotspots or other untrusted networks outside the corporate firewall. Because when they do, they (and therefore the enterprise) are vulnerable to attack.