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Bolstering Cybersecurity: Why Browser Security Is Crucial

Spencer Tall of AllegisCyber Capital on Browser Security and Microsegmentation
Spencer Tall, managing director, AllegisCyber Capital

Browser security and microsegmentation play critical roles in stemming the bleeding from ransomware attacks, as "almost always the attacks come from a point-based browser vector," said Spencer Tall, managing director, AllegisCyber Capital.

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Tall identified two approaches to ensure secure browser adoption: the complete "rip and replace" of existing browsers, which could warrant changes in customer behavior, and the extension of security to current browsers. But in the realm of cybersecurity tools, secure browsing is still nascent. Barriers to the adoption of secure browsing, Tall said, stem from the fact that these security tools are often influenced by distribution players, and "it's just a little bit of inertia."

"At the end of the day, it's really a people thing," he said. "And you can't control where your employees go with their browser inside. So, we have to have some sort of a system that can identify and then isolate what's suspected malware or ransomware type of attacks."

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group at Black Hat USA 2023, Tall discussed:

  • Common use cases in which customers seek secure browsing;
  • Top cybersecurity pain points associated with cloud migrations;
  • Network segmentation as a key to protect user and nonuser identities.

Tall has expertise in security and enterprise SaaS-related technologies. He is an experienced seed and early-stage investor who assists young companies and their founders in recruiting and strategic relationships. Prior to Allegis, he co-founded APV Technology Ventures and co-owned Asia Pacific Ventures.

About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.

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