Bromium, is releasing software today that could mean the end of computer malware as we know it. They call the software product vSentry and they call the underlying tech the Bromium microvisor.
Essentially this tech gives you a “disposable virtual computer” for every task you do on a Windows PC, cofounder Gaurav Banga told Business Insider. (They will have a version for Macs, too, in a couple of months.)
Think of it like having a thin sheet of glass between each Window and the guts of your PC. So when you go to Facebook, you get a piece of glass, when you check e-mail, you get a new piece of glass and so on. If your computer picks up a virus from e-mail or the ‘net, no matter. It can’t bust through the glass and infect the actual computer. The virus dies when you close the window.
What if you could remove every single restriction, compliance measure, and black list from your IT policy without adding risk to your enterprise?
All software is vulnerable, and all users make mistakes. The result is a recipe for disaster. And so the challenge for IT has always been this: How do we limit risk to the enterprise without disempowering users or damaging their productivity?
In other words, how do we deliver a desktop that embraces both security and freedom?
With Bromium micro-virtualization, we now have an answer: A desktop that is utterly secure and a joy to use. Micro-virtualization uses hardware isolation to securely allow untrustworthy desktop tasks to safely coexist with trusted enterprise applications and data – without risk, with an unchanged user experience.
Inspired by the isolation principles of traditional virtualization, the Bromium Microvisor uses hardware virtualization to automatically, instantly and invisibly isolate each untrustworthy task within a tiny micro-VM that has no access to enterprise data or networks, and which cannot modify the desktop.