Microsoft Releases New Edge Browser to Compete with Google
Microsoft released its new Edge browser on April 8, 2019, hoping to finally make a dent in the hold that Google Chrome has had over the browser market. This is not the first time Microsoft has tried to be more competitive against Google. Approximately three years ago, Google released an updated Edge browser. However, despite having made significant investments, Microsoft failed to have the browser measure up against Google Chrome. At the end of 2018, Microsoft announced that it would employ a different tactic and use Chromium’s Blink rendering engine to rebuild the Edge Browser.
Open-Source Engine May Produce a Better Outcome
Chromium is a Google open-source web browser that has proven to be a favorite of developers. Chromium powers several third-party browsers, including Samsung Internet, Vivaldi, Brave, and Opera. Microsoft has actually been collaborating with Google to increase Chromium’s reach and has been using the Chromium engine to power its Edge browser on iOS and Android devices.
Testing and More Testing
Consumers should not get too excited yet, as it will take some time for the test versions to be reviewed and tweaked. In fact, it is not even in the beta stage. Two test versions of the rebuilt browser are accessible only to developers. The prototypes, called Developer and Canary, can be downloaded from the Edge insider website.
What is the difference between Canary and Developer? Canary, as its name would suggest, is a real-time channel. At the end of each day of work, developers will release it to Canary. Microsoft will test new features and fix bugs on the Canary channel. For developers, it means they can test out the version, hot off the press, as long as they don’t mind navigating through the bugs.
The Developer channel will also be fresh, but not real-time like Canary. The bugs identified on Canary will be fixed, user feedback will be analyzed and incorporated, and then it will go to the Developer channel. Developers can use this version of Microsoft Edge if they would like a smoother experience.
Cyber-security company HolistiCyber have formed an exciting new cyber-security partnership with the highly respected risk management and data security company Parker Fitzgerald. Using the key skills and experience of both entities, this innovative partnership aims to equip banks and other financial organizations with every resource they will need to protect their essential data against a growing number and range of attacks from cybercriminals. The new project was initiated by Shimon Sheves, joint founder and chairman of HolistiCyber, who sees it as a major step forward in the vital task of defending banks against these attacks.
The Changing Threat Landscape
It’s hardly surprising that cybercriminals tend to see banks as tempting targets, both because of the sums involved and because of the specific weaknesses that can often be found in their IT and data systems. Banks are naturally doing their best to protect the sensitive information they hold regarding customers, employees and others. Because their core skills are focused elsewhere, though, they need the best available outside expertise to keep up to date and properly address a threat environment that is continuously changing. This is confirmed by high-profile recent attacks, which collectively confirm that current protection standards are lagging behind the capabilities of the criminals who are intent on breaching security systems. The unfortunate fact is that these threats are highly complex, well planned and very much on a level that would previously have been associated more with attacks on nation states. Another worrying factor is the potential of the “dark net” to provide growing numbers of would-be attackers with the information and technology that will enable them to carry out their harmful plans.
Combining Proven Resources Leads to Greater Security
This is why Shimon Sheves, whose stellar CV includes overseeing the Israeli Prime Minister’s office for the late Yizhak Rabin, is so enthusiastic about the new project his company is undertaking jointly with Parker Fitzgerald. With the latter company’s proven success in the field of strategic risk management (particularly with reference to the banking sector) combined with HolistiCyber’s position as a trusted provider of cybersecurity solutions, the new undertaking will not only provide much-needed data security but will do so with particular attention to the specific needs of financial organisations. Sheves highlights the extensive expertise that the new venture will draw on since many of the analysts and operatives involved received their training from the Israeli armed forces. The expertise of both firms in the new project means that this unparalleled expertise will be blended with deep knowledge of the particular risks that confront the banking sector. This combination underpins Sheves’s firm belief that the partnership has game-changing potential and will help to map out a secure future for banks and their data systems.
The vital point is that the partnership between HolistiCyber and Parker Fitzgerald will enable client organizations to be fully aware of and protected against the particular threats that such institutions face in a rapidly changing cyber-crime landscape. This is surely the best possible news for banks and their customers. The only people who will have to worry, it seems, are the cybercriminals whose threats will be identified and counteracted.
HolistiCyber is a global leader in Cyber Defence and delivers advanced cybersecurity defense strategies to leading financial institutions around the world.Our certified experts are cybersecurity veterans of the intelligence branch of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). They are world-class experts who have served at the front-line of critical nation-state cybersecurity offensive and defensive operations