The rise of the enterprise browser and what’s next for secure browsing

by | Oct 26, 2022 | Technology

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If you haven’t heard of the enterprise browser category by now, you might want to check your pulse. These newcomers to the cybersecurity space have recently caught fire in the media and with investors, cementing their notion of the “secure enterprise browser” (SEB) on the radars of CISOs eager to bolster what little is left of their organizations’ security perimeters. 

Earlier this year, Island, creator of the Enterprise Browser, became one of the fastest companies ever to reach Unicorn status after securing $115 million in venture capital just weeks after emerging from stealth (at a valuation of  $1.3 billion). Meanwhile, Talon Cyber Security, creators of the TalonWork browser, announced the closure of a $100 million series A just earlier last month (they did not disclose their valuation). Both are considerable sums, especially for two young startups operating in a brand-new category. At the same time, these headline-grabbing investments aren’t entirely surprising, given the scope and severity of the challenges faced by CISOs in the new world of hybrid work.

Hybrid work, browserization provide fertile soil for SEBs

The rise of hybrid work, combined with the proliferation of enterprise SaaS applications, has fundamentally reshaped both the way we work and the IT architectures enabling that work. Under this new paradigm, web browsing has become the foundational access point through which the average employee performs nearly all of their day-to-day responsibilities — from checking email and making spreadsheets to sharing files and managing development processes.

While this growing trend of “browserization” has certainly been a boon for workplace productivity, it’s also left enterprise security teams scrambling to shore up their defenses amidst a flood of untrusted, unmanageable web connections. According to a recent report from Menlo Security, nearly two-thirds of organizations have had a device compromised by a browser-based attack in just the past 12 months. And there’s no indication that this trend will be slowing anytime soon.

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In March of this year, Google published a blog post confirming a dramatic rise in high-severity threats affecting Chrome and other Chromium-based browsers (that is, Microsoft Edge, Brave), and wa …

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