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A security technology company with roots in the Department of Defense is about to find its secure container approach widely available on millions of commercial Dell laptops this week.
Invincea announced that it will ship a customized version of its secure virtual containers software, using technology designed to make it difficult for attackers to gain access to the critical processes and data on an employee's PC, on Dell Data Protection Protected Workspace brand PCs. Through an OEM agreement with Dell, Invincea's software will be part of the standard image on Dell's entire line of PCs, including its Latitude and OptiPlex, as well as on the Dell Precision tablets and PCs.
The software will be available for a one-year free trial.
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Invincea has roots with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The company recently celebrated a review conducted by the National Security Agency as part of its pre-acquisition program for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Fairfax, Va.-based company's technology wraps the browser and some popular applications in a secure container and is designed to make attacks such as Java-based exploits, banking Trojans and targeted attacks more difficult to break out onto a victim's PC and into the corporate network.
The OEM agreement marks the first large-scale deployment by an end-user OEM of Invincea's endpoint security technology. Invincea said the deal will ensure that its software is available on 20 million devices in the first 12 months and tens of millions more in subsequent years. The approach, which is being used by defense contractors, government agencies and companies in the financial industry, could not be more broadly adopted, said Anup Ghosh, founder and CEO at Invincea. The deal is important because all businesses large and small are being targeted by nation-state sponsored cybercriminals and attackers going after account credentials and other sensitive data, Ghosh said.
"We monitor all interaction between the application and the kernel, and if we see something abnormal, we basically flush the virtual container, collect all artifacts and bring back a clean environment, and meanwhile we've collected intelligence on who the adversary is," Ghosh said.
Invincea's security technology has caught the eye of industry observers because of its ability to encapsulate browsers and applications in a virtual container. Rather than detecting and defending, these technologies are blocking and sometimes tackling threats to help security teams determine their significance. But, industry analysts point out that no security is a panacea. A determined attacker could find a way to bypass the secure container, said Ken Baylor a research vice president at NSS Labs.