Lynx Software Technologies has applied its aerospace separation kernel security expertise to enterprise IT systems
The first LynxSafe product is focused on secure laptops, creates isolated partitions that can run multiple security functions and secure operating systems. This enables architects to create products that deliver different levels of security for business and personal domains, which remains vitally important as people continue to work remotely and in zero-trust environments.
Unlike other enterprise-class hypervisors, which typically create a software abstraction layer between the hardware and the virtual equipment that runs on it, the LynxSafe works by using a separation kernel-based approach. The LynxSecure separation kernel is inherently more effective for creating secure end-points running multiple isolated functions, including domains for different security and classification levels.
According to a recent Lynx study, over half of respondents (51 percent) believed their organization’s cybersecurity efforts hadn’t been strengthened since the start of the pandemic and 60 percent of respondents hadn’t been notified of any apps and tools that did not meet the security standards set by their employers.
Nearly 4 in 10 (36 percent) respondents were impacted by a cybersecurity hack during the pandemic, or knew someone who had been.
“Organizations must deliver a failproof way to secure end-points such as laptops, edge servers, networking cards and other devices in a work-from-home, zero-trust environment,” said Pavan Singh, VP of Product Management at Lynx. “Effectively, what LynxSafe enables is the ability to extend the company firewall to the place where you are working, be that a house, a coffee shop, or an airplane. Lynx has a long history of securing mission-critical applications onboard vehicles for companies including Airbus, Collins Aerospace and NASA, where application failure is not an option, and we’re confident in LynxSafe’s ability to emulate this success for IT organizations.”
For high-threat environments, one version has mandatory support for secure boot functionality and support for multiple levels of VPN. LynxSafe ‘is aligned’ to support mandatory compliance requirements such as the Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) specification from the US Department of Defense. This is available on the Dell Latitude 5410 class of laptops with a broader set of device support planned through 2021.
For moderate-threat environments, traditional methods of securing a laptop are no longer sufficient for the enterprise. LynxSafe’s manageability features allow IT departments to secure and manage an entire organization’s laptops, allowing the separation of security functions from the user operating systems, delivery of patches and updates as well as the deletion of important data, securely and remotely.
LynxSafe also allows an organization to run one or multiple VPNs in isolated partitions for security and the prevention of network tampering with support for Windows and Linux, enabling existing applications to run unmodified. The virtual machines can be managed remotely while people are working outside the office, saving operational costs and Lynxsafe is compatible with industry-standard mobile device management and mobile app management frameworks.
LynxSafe is available now.
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