Remote browser isolation (RBI) is a web security tool that allows users to visit any website freely without having to run the risk of installing malware or other attacks on their device. Remote browser isolation specifically means that a user’s browsing session is removed from the environment to a remote virtual one, with a real-time visual playback being presented to the user so they do not directly interact with the webpage at all. Deployment for RBI can be flexible, with this remote server primarily being offered as a cloud service but some vendors also offering on-prem options.
RBI is a handy tool for a lot of organizations that require their users to frequently visit the web for their work. Browsing the web can be dangerous, with plenty of sites containing harmful code that is ready to run on your users’ devices as soon as they visit the page, or fake login pages that harvest users’ credentials. Some organizations block the websites in question, but that can hinder your users’ work and negatively impact productivity. On top of that, maintaining block and allow lists also takes up a lot of IT resource. RBI, however, enables users to visit and view all pages without hinderance, while ensuring that any threats are isolated entirely from that user’s environment. RBI can also be seen as an extra layer of defense against phishing tactics, preventing harmful code from running once a user clicks a malicious link in their inbox. When phishing remains one of the most prevalent attacks organizations are facing today, this can make RBI a worthwhile investment for a lot of organizations.
For more on remote browser isolation and how it works, check out our in-depth blog on it here.
What Is Browser Isolation?
Remote browser isolation (RBI) solutions allow you to isolate your web browsing from the rest of your network, thereby preventing any malware from imbedding itself on your device.
From an end-user perspective, it will look like they are browsing the web as normal. However, the browsing itself is taking place in a secure, isolated environment. One way to think about this is as if you are viewing the website through a live stream. You are seeing a live “video” of it, rather than engaging with the browser itself.
What Threats Can Remote Browser Isolation Protect You From?
Remote Browser Isolation solutions create a logical gap between your device and the web content. There are a range of threats that aim to embed themselves on your devices via the internet, some of these include:
- Malware – like ransomware
- Zero-day attacks
- Dangerous or malicious downloads
Do I Need A Remote Browser Isolation Solution?
RBI solutions allow you to browse the web without putting your devices at risk of being infected by malware or viruses. For your everyday user, there isn’t much call for using an RBI. If, however, you are worried about having malware installed on your device that can harvest your data, or spend time visiting risky content, an RBI solution can be more manageable than installing an endpoint solution on every device.