There is a wealth of information available online, and web browsers are the primary way we access it. Just as web browsers help us learn about the world, the world (both good and bad actors) can learn a lot about us by looking at our web browsers.
Web browsers store a host of valuable information about a user’s surfing habits and usage patterns. In his recent article, author Barry Shteiman describes the different ways that enterprises can use the data collected by web browsers to help quantify the nature, scale and scope of any potential threat, including insider threats. Read the full article here.
For example, in a post-breach investigation, investigators can collect vital evidence of the user’s activities and motivations to understand if a cyber-crime was committed. Aside from the more obvious pieces of information like web browsing history and autofill options, more specific breadcrumbs left by the user during their sessions like cookies, alternate email logins, and file download histories can be used to more accurately piece together a picture of the ‘person of interest’.
But, in the same way that the good guys (a member of an organization’s own network security team) can use this information to identify an insider threat, it can also be used against them if this data happens to fall into the wrong hands. Web browsing exposes your organization to web-based malware attacks that can allow unfettered access to this data to bad actors who will in turn use it for far more nefarious purposes.
To prevent malware from being delivered from the web to your corporate network via phishing links or other browser-based exploits, consider using security solutions like remote browser isolation. With browser isolation technology, users’ browsing activities are moved to an environment that’s completely separated from their organization’s network. Malware gets trapped in the isolated environment, where it is safely contained and disposed of. This prevents any kind of corporate data, including user’s’ browser data, from being exposed to potential hackers, while allowing users to freely surf the web.