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13 July, 2015 - 16:17 By Kate Sweeney

Bromium and Microsoft fortify Windows 10 against threat of cyber attack

Bromium CEO and co-founder Ian Pratt

A Cambridge-California technology collaboration between Bromium and Microsoft has been launched to advance security on Windows 10.

Bromium, which spun out of the university’s prolific Computer Laboratory, is a world-leading pioneer of threat isolation to prevent cyber attacks.

CEO and co-founder Ian Pratt revealed that the company was now working closely with Microsoft to ensure Bromium micro-virtualisation and Windows 10 worked better together to provide the most secure endpoint available on the market.

The partnership will bring together the new security capabilities coming with Windows 10 and Bromium’s leading micro-virtualisation technology to secure enterprises against data breaches.

Pratt said Bromium technology complemented the security features of Windows by isolating and eliminating cyber attacks, preventing them from compromising the endpoint.

Bromium technology also extends and integrates with Microsoft security solutions, including Systems Center Endpoint Protection.

Jim Alkove, partner director of program management, enterprise and security in the Windows and Devices Group at Microsoft, said: “Customers are telling us that dramatically improved security is a critical requirement and one of the main reasons they will rapidly adopt Windows 10.

“We’re excited to see our security partner Bromium complementing Windows 10’s in-box security capabilities with micro-virtualisation solutions to help our customers eliminate additional vectors of attack.”

Windows 10 offers a broad range of new security capabilities and for the first time is leveraging CPU virtualisation features to harden the endpoint. Bromium further enhances Windows security through the use of complementary micro-virtualisation technology, which isolates endpoints from all predominant attack vectors and provides real-time insight into threats to prevent enterprise breaches.

Micro-virtualisation hardware-isolates user tasks such as accessing the Internet and opening untrusted attachments, files and removable storage. This prevents malware from compromising the endpoint, stealing valuable data, and penetrating the enterprise network. Bromium-protected endpoints are self-defending and self-remediating.

Pratt said: “Our strategic partnership with Microsoft is centred on a common technology heritage and a shared goal of hardening the endpoint to prevent enterprise breaches.

“This partnership validates micro-virtualisation as a foundation for future desktop security and assures Bromium’s security products are compatible and complementary to Microsoft’s efforts to enhance security in Windows. Microsoft and Bromium together make Windows endpoints secure, defeating attacks by design and delivering real-time threat insights. We are proud to be working closely with Microsoft to help end the era of enterprise breaches.”

Bromium is still hiring on both sides of the Pond. The business was founded in 2010 with a mission to restore trust in computing.The company’s founders, Gaurav Banga, Simon Crosby, and Ian Pratt, have a long and deep history of innovation in virtualisation and security.

Bromium has its global headquarters in Cupertino and a thriving R & D centre in Cambridge UK. The company is backed by top-tier investors and has raised almost $100m.

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