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  • Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service): Passages
  • Website: http://www.GetPassages.com
  • Company size (employees): 14
  • Product Version Number: v2.1
  • Type of solution: Software
  • Year this product or service was first introduced to the market: 2015
  • Year the current version of this product or service has been released: 2016
  • Approximate number of users worldwide: 8,000

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service deserves recognition:

Passages incorporates Mozilla Firefox and can be deployed on 64-bit Windows and Macintosh OS endpoints with hardware virtualization support; creating a seamless transition to secure browsing for users with a near-zero learning curve.

Passages ensures that malware is kept away from the user’s computer by quarantining downloaded files in a private cloud and preventing all automatic or accidental downloads.

Passages prevents users being identified via their browser, making targeted attacks impossible; helping meet HIPAA, PCI DSS, and NIST compliance standards. Users can access any website or link without risk to themselves or their company’s infrastructure and data.

In less than 300 words, summarize the most important features and benefits of this product or service

Capitalizing on a 20-year history of protecting the national security community’s cyber interests, Passages’ mission is to provide users the freedom to surf online without risk of infecting their machines or compromising valuable government or enterprise data. Passages, part of the Ntrepid family, is a secure virtual browser designed to protect users against malware and targeted attacks that fill today’s web-based world. The browser is user-friendly, and incorporates the familiar browsing experience of Mozilla Firefox, providing a seamless transition to secure browsing with a near-zero learning curve.

Browsers are uniquely vulnerable to attacks, and today’s conventional malware protection and firewalls cannot protect against the 90% of undetected attacks that come through the web. Effective security solutions cannot solely focus on blocking attacks, but must also mitigate infections when they do happen. Passages isolates the browser in a secure virtual machine (VM). Every time a user launches the Passages browser, a brand new VM opens, and at the end of every browsing session, the VM is destroyed along with any malware that may have been encountered. A Linux based operating system means that the VM is inherently immune to most malware.

Passages provides an innovative, best-in-class anti-malware tool with customized add-ons that strengthen an organization’s security. By establishing a VPN connection to a server located inside a secure cloud network and outside the customer’s secure enterprise perimeter, attackers cannot move from the browser to scan and attack other devices on the local network. Users can access the online files they need while keeping malware off their computers because Passages scans all files for possible malware before being allowed near the user’s local desktop, and is capable of detecting and blocking the execution of zero-day malware in both open and isolated networks without the need for continual updates.

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