CDN company Cloudflare has acquired S2 Systems Corporation (S2), a company that has developed patented browser isolation technology to make every-day web browsing safer and faster. S2, based in Kirkland, Washington, has developed browser isolation technology that executes browser code on cloud servers rather than on a user’s device.
Existing solutions typically rely on streaming video of web content (pixel streaming) or attempting to sanitize known malicious content (DOM reconstruction) that forces users to make a tradeoff between security and performance. S2’s approach is designed to avoid this tradeoff. Cloudflare expects that S2’s technology will be able to protect endpoints from zero-day vulnerabilities without sacrificing speed, website compatibility, or user experience.
S2’s solution keeps security threats away from the device, only sending rendering instructions to the viewer’s browser. Users would navigate the Internet without adding risk posed by threats across the public Internet.
“The experienced team at S2 Systems has built an advanced technology that we believe surpasses other browser isolation technologies,” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “When we met their team and evaluated the technology they’ve built, we knew that they had the missing piece we needed to support our Gateway product and build out our new Cloudflare for Teams capabilities. We can’t wait to integrate their stellar team within Cloudflare and utilize their remarkable technology in our platform as we continue to help build a better Internet.”
Cloudflare Gateway for Teams
Following this acquisition, Cloudflare expects to add S2’s technology to Cloudflare Gateway, part of Cloudflare for Teams, a new security suite that is designed to protect corporate employees and data without sacrificing performance.
“With the rise of SaaS, cloud, and an increasingly mobile workforce, existing security solutions don’t work for modern-day employees or their employers,” added Mr. Prince. “Employees need to access their applications quickly and securely, browse the public Internet without threatening company security, and be able to do all of this no matter where they are. Cloudflare for Teams gives companies and their employees a better way to do work, without added inconvenience.”
Headquartered in San Francisco, CA, Cloudflare has offices in Austin, TX, Champaign, IL, Kirkland, WA, New York, NY, San Jose, CA, Washington, D.C., Lisbon, London, Munich, Beijing, Singapore, and Sydney.