The role of Email and Network Sandboxing in Gateways

March 24 2023, by James Rabey | Category: Government

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) Gateway Technology Guides cover a range of topics, including sandbox technology.

According to the guide, a sandbox is a secure environment where potentially malicious code can be executed safely, away from the network or endpoints. Sandboxing technology is used to analyze and detect malware and other malicious activities in a controlled environment.

How does Sandbox technology works?

The ACSC recommends that government agencies deploy sandboxing technology as part of their defense-in-depth strategy. Sandboxing technology can help to identify and mitigate new and unknown threats that may evade traditional security controls. It can also help to reduce the risk of false positives by providing an isolated environment for analysis.

The guide suggests that a sandbox should be integrated into a broader security architecture, such as a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) system, to provide a more comprehensive defense against cyber threats. A SIEM can collect and analyze data from various sources, including sandboxes, helping your Security Operation Centre (SOC) detect and respond to security incidents in real-time.

The guide also recommends that government agencies should ensure that their sandboxing technology is kept up-to-date and regularly tested. It is also important to ensure that the sandbox is properly configured and integrated with other security tools and technologies.

Overall, the ACSC emphasizes the importance of sandboxing technology in helping government agencies to strengthen their security posture against cyber threats. By integrating sandboxing technology into a broader security architecture and keeping it up-to-date, agencies can improve their ability to detect and respond to advanced and persistent threats.

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