Browsers. You can’t use the Internet without them, but they introduce insecurity and instability to the computing environment. Browsers are the operating system of cloud computing and protecting them will become more and more important.[ Learn how to identify, block and remove malware from Windows PCs. | Get the latest from CSO by signing up for our newsletters. ]
Both the new Microsoft browser, based on Edge, and the existing Chrome browser will suffer from increasing targeted attacks and zero-day vulnerabilities. You need to look at your user base and determine if their roles and actions put them at increased risks. For highly sensitive machines, you might want to take drastic actions and lock down the browser.
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Since recent versions of Chrome now support site isolation, it’s imperative that you keep any and all browsers installed on any device (desktops, phones, tablets) up to date and patched not only to ensure you have all security fixes, but that you receive new protection technologies. Even Microsoft is jumping on the Chrome bandwagon and basing its new Edge browser on the Chrome engine. Microsoft just made announcements at its Ignite conference regarding new logos and new plans as it attempts to reboot it’s beleaguered browser known as Edge.
Microsoft is announcing that Edge is ready for business evaluation and is urging administrators to download and test it. The new browser has Group Policy templates that are separate and distinct from the older Edge Group Policy settings. They allow you to control various settings such as:
For updating purposes, you will be able to control applications and preferences, and you will be able to set a proxy server with Group Policy settings. Edge will be able to update independently from the operating system, thus giving administrators more flexibility.
Bottom line if your firm still relies on Internet Explorer enterprise mode to handle internal corporate websites, it’s time to test Edge based on Chrome. Consider browsers as a platform that you need to protect and defend as much as the operating system itself.
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