The Enterprise Web Browser: Isolating Corporate Data Security Risks

Kasm Technologies
3 min readJun 11, 2023

In the cybersecurity field, there’s a common misconception that implementing dedicated Enterprise Web Browsers on shared computing resources will reduce risk and enhance security. Many organizations mandate that employees use two different browsers: one for personal use and one for work. The goal is to improve corporate security, but it can actually have the opposite effect.

The Myth of the Secure Enterprise Browser

This article aims to dispel this myth by shedding light on the adverse impact of using multiple browsers on an endpoint. Using multiple browsers on an endpoint can significantly impact productivity and create a suboptimal user experience. Employee impacts include:

  • Added Complexity: Employees have to switch between two different interfaces, settings, and shortcuts. This can be confusing leading to a steeper learning curve and potential mistakes.
  • Increased Cognitive Load and Context Switching: Employees have to remember which browser to use for different tasks. This can add to their mental workload and make them less productive.
  • Fragmented Workflows: Work-related tasks and information are scattered across two different browsers. This fragmentation makes it difficult to maintain context, easily access bookmarks or saved passwords, and manage tabs efficiently.
  • Compatibility and Interoperability Issues: Different browsers may not be compatible with all web applications or extensions. This can lead to problems such as broken functionality, rendering inconsistencies, or compatibility conflicts when trying to access certain websites or use essential tools.
  • Increased System Load: Running multiple browsers simultaneously consumes more system resources like memory and CPU power. This can lead to slower performance, longer load times, and overall sluggishness of the end user’s device, negatively impacting productivity.

Overall, using multiple browsers on an endpoint (one for personal use and one for enterprise resources) introduces unnecessary complexity, cognitive load, and fragmentation, leading to reduced efficiency and productivity for end users. The risk reduction achieved is not proportionate to the opportunity loss resulting from the negative impact on productivity.

Relying solely on local enterprise browsers may also not provide adequate protection against potential security breaches. Even with strict segregation between personal and enterprise browsing activities, there are inherent risks associated with malware infections, phishing attacks, and weaker security controls. Moreover, if there are multiple home devices that could serve as attack vectors, hackers can exploit vulnerabilities in those devices to compromise the secure browser and gain unauthorized access to corporate resources.

Remote Browser Isolation (RBI) is a Superior Solution

By adopting a remote browser isolation solution, organizations can overcome these challenges. Unlike traditional approaches that use two separate browsers, remote browser isolation leverages advanced technology to isolate browsing activities from the user’s device and environment. RBI can be integrated into a single unified browsing experience, so employees don’t have to switch between two different browsers. This eliminates the need for separate browsers, reducing complexity and streamlining workflows.

With RBI integrated directly into a browser tab, users can seamlessly access both personal and enterprise resources while benefiting from enhanced security measures, such as web filtering for malicious content and strict adherence to HTTPS access. RBI also isolates browsing activities from the user’s endpoint, effectively neutralizing the impact of malware, compromised personal browsers or home devices. This isolation prevents malicious code or threats from infiltrating the endpoint, safeguarding sensitive corporate resources and data.

Risk Factors for Browser Isolation vs Enterprise Browser

By adopting a remote browser isolation solution, organizations can achieve a higher level of security while enhancing productivity. The consolidation of browsing activities into a single, isolated browser tab provides a seamless user experience, eliminates the productivity drawbacks associated with multiple browsers, and significantly reduces the overall risk exposure.

For more information on the Kasm Workspaces Remote Browser Isolation technology see: https://kasmweb.com/browser-isolation

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Kasm Technologies

Kasm Workspaces is a container streaming platform for delivering browser, desktop and application workloads to the web browser. Learn more at kasmweb.com