Island Private Access protects and governs how users interact with their critical applications

Island announced Island Private Access, a new set of expanded features built into the Island Enterprise Browser that provides secure, native, and simple access to private and semi-private SaaS and internal applications.

Island Private Access delivers new capabilities to support Zero Trust architectures, redefining how organizations protect their most critical information assets without the need for additional endpoint agents.

Accessing critical SaaS or internal applications from consumer browsers can be a risky proposition. These browsers do not include any inherent protection against harmful content, activities and browser extensions. Island Enterprise Browser gives businesses the ability to deeply protect and control how users interact with their critical applications. Using Island Enterprise Browser, security teams can control a wide range of unique last mile actions, from advanced security requirements to more basic data exfiltration protections such as copy, paste, upload, download , capturing, using extensions and other activities that could expose critical data.

“The Enterprise Browser has enabled customers to completely rethink their approach to a multitude of security and productivity challenges,” said Mike Fey, co-founder and CEO of Island. “Adding Island Private Access to the native Island Enterprise browser experience sets a new standard for any browser used in the enterprise to simplify the otherwise complex effort of putting zero trust principles into practice.”

Island now offers customers two powerful security access deployment options for their Zero Trust architecture. First, by the nature of its design, the Island Enterprise Browser seamlessly integrates with existing Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) technologies, bringing the benefits of Island’s unique last mile controls to the endpoint while preserving existing ZTNA investments.

Additionally, Island Private Access offers a second deployment option for Island Enterprise Browser to support seamless access to private web applications and semi-private SaaS applications. It provides a powerful and radically simplified on-ramp to ZTNA, reducing the impact of legacy technologies such as VPN or Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) that add cost, complexity and friction to the experience user.

These capabilities open up unprecedented opportunities in a growing number of enterprise use cases, including securing mission-critical SaaS, private web applications, and semi-private SaaS applications against data leaks, secure access for BYOD contractors and workers and full governance over privileged user accounts. It also provides a native user experience for the hybrid worker unlike expensive and inefficient VDI, while supporting built-in Safe Browsing, Web Filtering, Web Isolation, Exploit Prevention, and Intelligent Network Routing.

Unlike other private access solutions that require endpoint agents and other complex infrastructure, Island Private Access works natively with the enterprise browser to simplify secure access while improving user experience and productivity. It does not require agents, VPNs, web portals or end-user configuration. Connectivity simply comes from the browser to provide a native experience to the end user.

Island’s unique approach to enabling private access through the corporate browser benefits security teams, IT operations, and end users:

  • Security teams rely on the enterprise browser to enforce security controls, enforce zero-trust security practices, and achieve unparalleled visibility and logging of web activity.
  • IT operations prefer the low-friction deployment and minimal infrastructure footprint of the enterprise browser and the flexibility to leverage the underlying ZTNA technology of their choice, including the new in-browser Island private access without agents or components additional endpoints.
  • end users get a fast, natural and familiar web browser where all their work is done and every company resource is immediately available and secure.

“The explosive use of SaaS and private web applications, coupled with the rise of hybrid and contract workforces, requires modern architectural approaches,” said Dr. Edward Amoroso, CEO, Principal Analyst, TAG Cyber and former AT&T SVP/CSO (retired). “Island’s Enterprise Browser is an important strategic control that can dramatically improve existing Zero Trust network access technologies. Additionally, Island Private Access introduces new deployment options, providing maximum flexibility for protecting private and semi-private applications.

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