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  • Company (that provides the nominated product / solution / service): Passages
  • Website: http://www.GetPassages.com
  • Company size (employees): 14
  • Country: United States
  • Type of solution: Software
  • Approximate number of users worldwide: 8,000

In 3 bullets, summarize why this product or service is different from the competition and deserves recognition:

Passages isolates the browser in a secure virtual machine (VM) thereby keeping any malware picked up by users while on the web, off the endpoint. 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.

Passages provides interactive administrative and reporting tools as well as smooth integration with existing enterprise account management, deployment, and analytics platforms.Security can’t come at the expense of visibility and oversight. Passages monitors user activity directly at the browser, ensuring complete data capture.

Passages prevents users being identified via their browser, making targeted attacks impossible. 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

Part of the Ntrepid family, Passages is a secure virtual browser designed to protect users against malware and attacks that come through the endpoint. Capitalizing on a 20-year history of protecting the national security community’s cyber interests, Passages provides users the freedom to surf online without risk of infecting their machines, and allows the enterprise to monitor user activity directly at the browser.

Passages isolates the browser in a secure virtual machine (VM) thereby keeping any malware picked up by users while on the web, off the endpoint. 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. A Linux based operating system means that the VM it is inherently immune to most malware. 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 for enterprise users.

SSL encryption and active web applications make conventional, firewall-based user monitoring less effective. Passages Insight provides monitoring and analytics for user activity within Passages. Activity monitoring takes place through a browser plugin, so it is captured directly at the source before any encryption can take place. All captured information is streamed to Passages’ servers in near real time.

Due to the challenges with analyzing raw data, Passages provides two options for turning it into actionable information: a sophisticated interactive analysis tool for quickly discovering patterns and anomalies; and streaming captured information into third-party Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) platforms.

Passages’ interactive administrative and reporting tools smoothly integrate with existing enterprise account management and analytics platforms, such as standard single sign on, Microsoft Domain Controller, and LDAP based systems.

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