Authentic8 Blog Category: Corporate News

When URL Filtering Fails, This Secure Browser Has Your Back

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Too frequently, URL filtering fails to catch malicious websites, or it blocks resources that employees need to do their job. With its new secure web gateway (SWG) integration Authentic8’s remote secure browser Silo now helps enterprises close this security gap.


Secure web gateway (SWG) solutions provide a generally reliable way for the enterprise to handle users’ web requests, allowing some sites to be accessed and others to be blocked.

To maintain security and efficiency, “generally” reliable may not be enough. A web resource that an employee needs may not have been crawled and categorized by the SWG vendor yet. Another URL may have been cataloged, yet somehow ended up in the wrong category. Or a resource that was approved earlier has since been infected with malware.

If the SWG allows users to access a potentially dangerous web resource without protection or security backstop, the consequences to the company could be disastrous.

Because regular browsers fetch and process all

New One-Tab Browser Aims to Boost Productivity on the Web

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Multitasking as bad for business as data breaches, says maker of “Unibrowser”

(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- April 1, 2017)  A revolutionary “one-tab” web browser that aims to dramatically improve focus and productivity of internet users has been introduced by Silicon Valley-based Authentic8.

Named the “Unibrowser”, the new distraction-free browsing environment was developed based on the latest neuroscience and mindfulness research. Its core feature is one single tab. It has been streamlined for users to exercise restraint when they access the web, and to force focus on the task at hand, instead of multi-tasking.

The launch of the Unibrowser marks a radical departure from industry’s multi-tabbed browser model, which dates back to 1997 and has been blamed for many of modern society’s ills. Authentic8 touts its new browser as a tool to fight “task inflation” and to achieve measurable  “attention deficit reduction.”

“Current browsers don’t provide users with clear choices,” said Scott Petry, co-founder and CEO of

Authentic8 adds support for Common Access Card to address growing federal demand

Authentic8 adds support for Common Access Card to address growing federal demand (news release)CORPORATE

Secure virtual browser now validates CAC certificates for access to secure web sites

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (Nov 17, 2016) - Authentic8, maker of Silo, the secure, virtual browser now supports certificates stored on government-issued Common Access Cards, or CACs. This comes in direct response to growing demand for this functionality from federal agencies.

With this release, Silo will be configured with Department of Defense's (DoD) public certificates. When a user attempts to access a secure site that requires CAC authentication, the cloud-based browser will query the chip on the CAC that stores user-specific digital certificates to validate the user. All communication between the virtual browser and the local device is conducted over Authentic8's proprietary, encrypted protocol.

CACs can also be used to gain access to computer terminals. Based on Silo's integration with the SAML authentication standard, the CAC authentication process can also be used to validate users before accessing their Silo profile.

As with other Silo capabilities, administrators can enable or

Silo Underscores Integral Role in Enterprise Web Security


New Enhancements Integrate With IT Infrastructure and Enable Seamless Access

(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Jul 26, 2016) - Authentic8, maker of Silo, the cloud-based secure browser for business, introduced today new enterprise capabilities for its flagship product aimed at seamless deployment within the enterprise and added convenience for end users.

Silo now includes synchronization with Microsoft Active Directory (AD) services, integration with Identity Provider (IDP) solutions for federated authentication, and enhancements to the Silo Access Portal to streamline secure access to the web.

By synchronizing Silo with AD, an organization's traditional methods of managing users, enabling application access and defining policies can be used as the basis for deploying and managing Silo for secure access to the web.

For organizations that rely on federated authentication systems, such as Microsoft ADFS or other commercial identity provider (IDP) services that are based on the standard Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML), Silo deploys without requiring users to perform further authentication steps. Once the user

Authentic8 Doubles Down on Enterprise-Grade Admin Controls for Secure Silo Browser

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Company expands admin delegation options to support specific system administrator roles

(MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA-- Mar. 22, 2016) - Authentic8, maker of Silo, the cloud-based secure browser for business, has introduced a broad range of enhancements that empower IT administrators to selectively delegate configuration capabilities.

Traditional (“legacy”) browsers are inherently unsafe for use in enterprise settings, security experts insist. Common browsers force a one-size-fits-all web access solution on companies and have become the preferred gateway for cyber criminals to enter corporate networks.

With the latest release of Silo, Authentic8 provides a secure alternative to legacy browsers for even the largest organizations. The secure browser now enables enterprises to set fine-grained definitions of administrative roles, allowing them to assign what functions admins are able to perform across their organization.

Financial service providers, global law firms, and large healthcare groups are using Silo to shield their networks from web-based attacks. In the wake of ongoing and widely publicized computer break-ins, Authentic8 said it is

Authentic8 Expands Global Language Capabilities


Silo Browser Ready for Multilingual Deployment in Diverse Enterprise Environments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Feb 29, 2016) - Authentic8, maker of Silo, the cloud-based secure browser for business, has introduced a series of enhanced language capabilities for Silo, its flagship product, and for Toolbox, the company's Silo-based cyber threat research and analysis solution.

The expanded functionality answers the growing demand from organizations that operate globally, including financial institutions, law firms, health care providers and government organizations.

When deploying Silo in order to protect users from Internet-based attacks, they need to support local language requirements, including content rendering in the browser as well as hardware and virtual keyboard input.

In addition to English (US), Silo and Toolbox now accommodate French, German, English (UK), Spanish, Russian, and Portuguese (Brazil) hardware keyboards. The service also allows for in-session language switching and includes on-screen multi-language virtual keypads. Asian language character input via Microsoft Input Method Editors (IME) has been added as well.

"We are thrilled about

Traditional Browsers Put Federal Employees at Risk



9,000 employees of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and more than 20,000 at the FBI - and their families - now face the risk of having their bank accounts emptied. Or worse.

Undercover field agents could even see their lives at risk as the result of a new serious security breach. Joseph Cox reports on Motherboard that a hacker broke into a Department of Justice computer network and published  9,000 personal phone numbers of DHS personnel and their home addresses on the Internet.

To make matters worse, the anonymous hacker then “doxed” - dumped on the Internet for anyone to pick through - 20,000 more files of FBI employees.  He reportedly has  access to military emails and credit card numbers.

This is not the first time that sensitive personal information of key government employees has been lost in a data breach. Only a few months ago, an attack against the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) compromised

Authentic8 Expands Silo Integration With Corporate Network Infrastructure


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 28, 2016) - Authentic8, maker of Silo, the cloud-based secure browser for business, has enhanced its integration with enterprise-class network infrastructure. Many organizations, especially in highly regulated industries, put rigorous controls around who can access which areas of the Web. The common approach is to require devices to authenticate and connect to the web through a gateway proxy, giving IT a single choke point to monitor and control web access.

Secure Virtual Browser Can Now Seamlessly Authenticate With Existing Enterprise Gateway Proxies

Network traffic from traditional browsers and local applications is controlled via PAC (Proxy Auto-Config) rules that IT has implemented to route web traffic through specific proxies.

However, Silo users don't run a browser locally or connect to the Internet directly. Instead, the Silo client connects securely to a remote browser via an alternate port and interacts with the browser via an encrypted display protocol. In the Silo model, the browser runs on infrastructure

Authentic8 Expands Position in Federal Market


MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA--(Marketwired - Jan 7, 2016) - Authentic8, creator of Silo, the cloud-based secure and policy-controlled browser, is expanding its investment in delivering solutions to the federal market. This investment comes on the heels of significant growth in the segment in 2015.

Growing Customer Base, OPM Victim Coverage, Hires Head of Federal Operations

"Government employees, perhaps more than employees of commercial enterprises, need a completely secure and controlled method of accessing web-based content," said Scott Petry, CEO and co-founder of Authentic8. "Whether the user is sitting in a cubicle in a DC office or deployed to a hostile region, the risk of a data breach in their environment could have profound impact on important programs."

The company has delivered its Silo and Toolbox products to various federal customers as a way to lock down and secure users' access to the web, and as a method for forensic researchers to interact with potentially malicious or inappropriate content without exposing networks

InfoSec Santa Has a New Toy in 2016: Secure Browsers for Everyone!


Over the course of the last 12 months, cyber attacks have plagued companies and organizations worldwide, and this year’s Verizon DBIR report cataloged nearly 80,000 security incidents, including 2,122 confirmed security breaches in 61 countries. With high profile attacks on major U.S. healthcare providers, federal agencies and financial firms, it’s evident that bad guys aren’t discriminating. We are ALL targets.

While the industry continually shifts blame from hardware, to software, to human error, it's become apparent that our the widely used business application for the past 30 years exposes a massive attack surface for businesses and consumers. That application is the browser.

From spear-phishing attacks to malvertising, cyber criminals have developed successful tactics to penetrate the browser. Left unchecked, this trend will continue through 2016. Before we talk about what can be done, let’s take a look at a few examples from 2015:

  1. IBM reports “Dyre Wolf” that attacked enterprise banks: IBM researchers discovered