Sandboxed virtual execution space predicted to trickle down to SMB

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The sandboxed 'virtual execution' space is predicted to grow and be more available to mid-sized businesses.

The sandboxed ‘virtual execution' space is predicted to grow and be more available to mid-sized businesses.

Speaking to SC Magazine, Walter Scott, CEO of GFI, said that while larger organisations are targeted, all businesses are susceptible to malware and things are not getting easier.

Following the foundation of ThreatTrack Security, Scott went on to say that while sandboxing technology is generally aimed at the 10,000+ users businesses, he predicted more SMB-focused activity for the mid-market. “I think that this technology will move down to the SMB market, to 50 users and below, and then to the 50-150 user space and the 150-1,000 also,” Scott said.

“I don't see it in the 1,000+ user market as almost every application is moving to the cloud and there is a client on the desktop and device. I see that market being less connected and into the wireless side. There will be a lot of changes.”

Also speaking to SC Magazine, Wendy Nather, research director of enterprise security practice at 451 Research, highlighted a large number of sandboxing technologies from a large number of vendors and said: “It's getting commoditised enough that I do expect it to be built into everything, including for the SMBs.”

Javvad Malik, senior analyst in the 451 Enterprise Security Group, said that the space is "a free for all with companies moving into the space or at least claiming to do so".

In an email to SC Magazine, Andrew Rose, principal analyst for security and risk at Forrester Research, said: “Although this is not strictly my area of coverage, it is a technology space that I expect to develop rapidly over the coming years.

“The segregation of processes and applications is a good way to reduce the significant current threat of malicious links in email and weaponised PDFs - and as we have seen from the Verizon Data breach report, these attack vectors account for many of the security breaches we see.

“Such technologies provide a decent buffer protection against threats and can alleviate the need for 'panic patching' that annoys large corporates so much, as a result, I would agree that initial interest is likely to originate from large corporates and that interest will then trickle down, but doesn't it always?

“I can however, see that 'trickle down' being quite rapid if: the technology works as advertised; and the pricing structure is right, as the buffer/sandbox solution can provide such value at the endpoint.”

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