HP buys Bromium to apply virtualisation security to its PCs

Bromium now applied within HPs Sure Click solution for certain laptops
Credit: Bromium

23 September 2019

HP acquired security company Bromium. Much as Intel, AMD, Nvidia, Microsoft, and other major vendors hoard key pieces of computer technology, HP may be trying to corner the market on a unique piece of browser technology it already uses. 

Bromium technology already underlies HP’s Sure Click feature, which locks every individual browser tab inside of its own virtual machine. Theoretically, any piece of malware on the tab cannot ‘see’ anything more than the tab upon which it resides, protecting the browser as well as the PC host.

Bromium also supplies what it calls Secure File technology, which does the same for each individual download – Office documents, PDFs, and the works. If the file is not marked as trusted, it will be opened in what Bromium calls a micro virtual machine.




We have previously looked at how virtualisation seems to be a key Microsoft technology within the company’s own Windows Server products, and how virtualisation-dependent features could translate into the consumer space via Windows 10 Pro. A central component of that is Windows Sandbox, which dramatically expands what Bromium is doing. Instead of wrapping each file in a virtualised environment, Sandbox virtualises the entire Windows OS, building a Windows PC within a PC. Microsoft does not have a direct analogue to Bromium’s technology.

According to HP, the Bromium technology will be used in conjunction with its existing Sure Sense AI-driven antimalware solution on the Elitebook 800 G6; its Sure View display technology; and Sure Start, a secure boot technology. HP did not disclose how much it paid for Bromium.

IDG News Service

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