Sandboxed virtual execution space to hit SMBs

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Changes incoming.

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

GFI chief executive Walter Scott said while sandboxing technology was generally aimed at businesses with more than 10,000 users, 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 to 150 user space and the 150 to 1000 also,” Scott said.

“I don't see it in the 1000 plus 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.”

Forrester Research principal analyst Andrew Rose said he expected the technology 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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