Previous approaches towards web and email security sought to stop attacks outright. The idea was to identify every risky transaction and stop it in its tracks. This approach is increasingly being seen as untenable, as the sheer number of attack vectors increases.

An approach with growing promise is one that lets attacks occur but isolates the content so that the attack cannot cause extended harm. Essentially, it says to attackers “do your worst,” secure in the knowledge that their worst will only harm a specific and contained area.

Menlo Security is one vendor trying this approach. Menlo offers an “Isolation Platform” that works by isolating all web content on the cloud, away from a user’s machine. Users interact with websites, links, and documents on the cloud, without compromising the security of their physical devices or on-premises equipment.

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Ben Kepes

Ben Kepes is a technology evangelist, an investor, a commentator and a business adviser. Ben covers the convergence of technology, mobile, ubiquity and agility, all enabled by the Cloud. His areas of interest extend to enterprise software, software integration, financial/accounting software, platforms and infrastructure as well as articulating technology simply for everyday users.