8 points to think about before choosing a sandbox solution

Updated at: Oct 01, 2019
By Gatefy

8 points to think about before choosing a sandbox solution

Choosing a sandbox solution can be a simple task if you know what you are looking for. Otherwise, the numerous sandbox options and vendors available on the market will only complicate the search and confuse you. We love lists, so we've created one more to help you. Here you’ll find concepts you need to understand and points to consider when choosing the ideal sandbox for your business.

1. What is sandbox?

A sandbox is an isolated, protected environment that simulates entire operating systems for malicious code to be run and analyzed. A sandbox is an important security solution for protection against advanced and zero-day threats, such as ransomware and other malware.

2. Does my company need a sandbox?

Many people have a misguided view that sandbox technology is a tool only for enterprises. Today, cybercrime invests time and energy in attacks on small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) precisely because they don't have the same ability to protect themselves as large companies. Thus, we recommend that companies of all sizes consider a sandbox solution. If you care about your business, customers, and partners, evaluate this option. It's a good deal if you compare it to the damage an attack can cause.

3. What type of integration do you look for?

A sandbox is an extra layer of protection in your business security. You need to define whether you are looking for a sandbox that can be integrated with a Secure Email Gateway, Secure Web Gateway (SWG), firewall, or other solution. Gatefy's sandbox, for example, can be integrated into any solution your company already has, as long as the vendor allows it.

4. How is a sandbox deployed?

Sandboxes are, in general, available as a cloud service, which reduces costs and allows for a quick deployment.

5. What types of files and suspect objects is the sandbox capable of examining?

It's a fact that your sandbox needs to be able to analyze different types of suspicious objects, including URLs. The more different types of objects and files your sandbox is able to examine, the better. Remember that PDFs and Microsoft Office documents, such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, are file types widely used by cybercriminals for cyberattacks.

6. Is sandbox a complete solution?

A sandbox shouldn't be seen as a complete solution. It works best when combined with other security tools. That's why it's important to have a solution that offers other protection mechanisms and techniques. At Gatefy, for example, we use artificial intelligence, machine learning, anti-virus, and other tools to enhance your business security.

7. What are evasion techniques and what do they have to do with sandbox?

Evasion techniques are tricks used by threats, such as malware, to avoid detection and protection tools. Talk to your vendor about them. A robust sandbox solution uses advanced technology to identify and map these evasion techniques.

8. Does the solution use a threat database?

To be more successful in detecting and analyzing threats, choose a solution for your company that works with a threat intelligence database. It means that whenever an object is marked as malicious it will already be added to the database, protecting everyone.

Conclusion

We know how difficult it is to keep up with so many technologies and threats being developed daily. For many people, a sandbox may seem like a complicated and expensive solution, far from the company's reality. Here, at Gatefy, we want to change that mentality, allowing all companies to have access to advanced technology and maximum protection.

If you're curious to know more about our sandbox, send us an email: contact@gatefy.com. We're here to help.