With cyber attacks continuing to flourish the probability of becoming infected by ransomware, whether at work or at home, is now greater than ever. Most recently, the APT group DarkSide from Russia has targeted Colonial Pipeline (the operator of one of the nation’s largest fuel pipelines on the East Coast) by attacking their network with ransomware causing the oil pipeline to shut down, and resulting in delays of transportation of oil and gas supplies and fuel shortages.

This domino effect created a gasoline shortage, forcing many people who drive fuel-powered vehicles to wreak havoc at gas stations that were overwhelmed with long lines due to panic buying. To add insult to injury, Colonial Pipeline paid out over $5 million to the APT group in ransom before returning to normal activities.

Ransomware Is Not Going Away
Ransomware is swiftly on the rise, and it's not going anywhere. Hospitals, large enterprises, utility companies, governments, and many large organizations (you name it) that play a massive role in an infrastructure are increasingly becoming hit with ransomware. No one is safe! Now that Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) as a subscription-based service has been introduced on the dark web, more people around the globe will turn to crime and become paying subscribers in a desperate attempt to collect a massive payout from large enterprises throughout the world, especially if they are financially impacted by COVID-19.

It is high time to protect your and your organization's network with Remote Browser Isolation (RBI).

What is Remote Browser Isolation?
Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) also known as simply "Browser Isolation" or "Web Isolation" can keep your endpoint devices safe by separating your web browsing activities away from your local machine. It's a simple and effective technology that can keep you protected from crazy-and-greedy cybercriminals, especially ransomware that has gone rampant due to the spread of RaaS as a criminal business model. Knowing that RaaS is an actual thing out there in the real world, wouldn't you like to stop ransomware infecting you through your browser? I thought so. Perhaps, it's time to consider using a remote browser the next time you use the web.

Here are the top 3 reasons why you should consider Remote Browser Isolation:

  1. It's better to be safe than sorry when visiting strange URL's.
    The chances of coming across malware or ransomware link in your email or on a web page link are higher than ever before, so there is a likelihood you may become exposed to it at some point throughout your lifetime (even if you are careful). Sometimes, humans can have a bad day or a moment when we didn't pay close attention to what we were doing because we were too tired or distracted (sound familiar?), and consequently we accidentally click on a bad link and suddenly... Wham! Malware got a foothold of your system. Even if you are a careful person, it's better to be safe than sorry.
  2. Remote browsers are cheaper than ransomware payouts.
    For obvious reasons, you may just spare yourself and/or your organization the trouble and headache (or a trip to the hospital from having a heart attack) from paying out millions of dollars in ransom to a group of undeserved cybercriminals. I'm sure you agree that spending a few dollars on a remote browser fares much better than spending millions in U.S. dollars or your currency of use.
  3. You can sleep better at night with a remote browser.
    If attackers cannot attack you through your browser, then they can't get ransomware onto your system or any malicious software on your endpoint devices connected to it, no matter how many times you click on a bad link while using your remote browser. You are significantly less vulnerable to becoming a victim of cybercriminals whom are eager to drain your pockets, just so they can lavishly spend a fortune in a foreign country where they can enjoy life and relax on a beach drinking cocktails with their cybercriminal friends, while you freak out and lose money because you exposed all your endpoint devices on the web. Imagine that. On the other hand, imagine using RBI and clicking on anything all you want, and you can still sleep at night like a baby.

"Despite high security spending, many organizations struggle with security incidents associated with the web browser," says Matt Ashburn, a former CIA officer and National Security Council director who now heads strategic initiatives at the browser isolation company Authentic8. "As long as a two-way connection is allowed from a computer to the internet, advanced adversaries and criminals will find a way to remain successful."

https://www.wired.com/story/cloudflare-browser-isolation-entrenched-web-threats/

Protect your computer and your browser, spare yourself the headache of a browser based cyber attack by adopting remote browser isolation today!

As part of our 'Dogs Of Infosec' special, for the next couple of weeks we are featuring the dogs of our readers and using their photos to head our articles with. The awesome pupper in this image is called Chewie and he is the fearless and faithful companion of Chris Irwin (source).