Conceal: Enhancing Threat Detection and Prevention through AI
Two factors that are acutely affecting entire industries right now are AI (artificial intelligence) integration as well as cybersecurity more broadly, including risks that occur through ransomware and/or credential theft. These two facets of the technological space have been growing rapidly, and companies such as Conceal are leading the way in utilizing AI as a positive force to provide resiliency against cyber threats to organizations. Through their AI-powered ransomware and credential theft protection capabilities, a new secure browser can be added to an organization’s online system, ensuring protection and threat detection at every level. This browser extension is called ConcealBrowse, one of the best zero-trust security solutions out there.
Conceal began as a company with the goal of helping to produce a zero-trust solution for organizations that would run seamlessly in the background while affording the best response to cybersecurity threats. Especially with the rise of malware, ransomware, and credential theft threats, security has become one of the more prescient issues companies face. Any exposure of data and information caused by an online invasion can have huge implications for a company, not only in terms of financial cost but also by reducing the trust that clients and customers of that company have in them. “Employees are getting very sophisticated phishing messages in both email and on applications like WhatsApp,” Gordon Lawson, CEO of Conceal, explains. “Even for sophisticated users, it's very difficult to discern what’s legitimate and what’s not.” Conceal’s goal was to create a solution so good at detecting and heeding off threats that MSP and IT professionals at a company could run it in the background and not have to worry about it. “The value of Conceal is that we are a zero-trust solution. We sit right between security awareness and EDR. We're a detection and prevention layer. We're looking at every URL that users click on, and if something's a problem, we're going to put it into an isolated container where it can't affect the machine or the user. Most importantly, we will send that telemetry to the service provider, the SoC, and the MSP.”
Lawson also explains how there’s no friction when deploying ConcealBrowse. The application is a plug-in that works with all Chromium-based and Firefox browsers, and it can be configured to as many users as the company would like. While working in the background, the only notifications or alerts that ConcealBrowse would send to the security practitioner are when a threat is flagged by the AI. “We're only inducing latency when that AI engine says this URL or this link is potentially malicious. At that point, there's a screen where the user can proceed. But we also have policy controls where if you want to block and not allow that user to proceed to an isolated environment, we can also provide that. All alerts are managed through our dashboard or SIEM integration. At that point, the security practitioner can look closer at it,” Lawson explains.
The beauty of this approach is that something malicious does not need to take place first. The threat is detected at its inception, and security practitioners can automatically execute on it, ridding their systems of any weaponized URL or faulty link.
Lawson also explains how ConcealBrowse is often so good at detecting threats that companies have new visibility into the types of processes affecting their own systems. “We had a gentleman from an MSP that owns an MSP, former Air Force veteran, so a client that is already very sophisticated on cyber. We stopped Russian ransomware on one of his clients' machines, and he chatted about it on LinkedIn. He wouldn’t have had visibility on it if it wasn’t for Conceal,” Lawson says.
Conceal continues its commitment to small and large companies by producing pre and post-process integrations and continuing to educate its customers on the positive impact that ConcealBrowse can have on an organization’s workflows. “The more users we have, the more efficacy the AI engine will have, making it smarter and smarter. It's learning,” Gordon says, referencing the type of scaling Conceal has done over the past few months and the growth it continues to drive further.