The Crucial Role of Sandboxing in Digital Transformation

May 20 , 2020

Lubabalo Dyantyi

The Crucial Role of Sandboxing in Digital Transformation

Digital transformation is an ongoing process. Businesses must continue to evolve in order to keep up with changes in technology, cybersecurity, and growing customer expectations. This requires a preparedness and agility that can only be achieved through experimentation and testing in a secure environment, where the impact of failures can be contained and learned from. 

Sandboxing as a Secure Environment

A sandbox is a contained testing environment that allows users to run programs or execute files without modifying the system, platform, or application on which they run. This means that when URLs, code, or downloads are tested in the sandbox, they are completely separated from the computer or any of the network devices. This allows cybersecurity professionals to test potentially malicious software, and developers and testers to test new programming code. ITOps and dev/test teams are able to create, model, orchestrate and deploy even the most complex environments using sandbox software. This can rapidly speed up release cycles while significantly reducing both cost and risk.

Sandboxing for DevOps

Cloud sandboxes enable each software developer and tester to have their own personal  replica of the production infrastructure environment, from virtual and physical networks and machines to applications and cloud interfaces. Software developers and testers can leverage the power of cloud sandboxes to build and test complex and authentic environments and stage them. They can then evaluate dependencies and better understand how the infrastructure will be impacted by new apps, including identifying where any network breakdowns may occur, without any of the associated downtime or costs. The virtual sandbox environment can simply be taken down once the task is completed.

Sandboxing for Cybersecurity

As cybercriminals become more advanced, monitoring suspicious behavior to detect malware has become increasingly difficult. Sandbox security protects an organisation’s critical infrastructure from suspicious code because it runs in a separate system. IT teams can use the isolated sandbox environment to test malicious code and understand how it works within a system, so that they can rapidly detect similar malware attacks later on. 

Without sandboxing, an application or system process could gain endless access to all system resources and user data on a device or network. Sandboxes are used to safely remove malicious code without harming the device, network, or connected devices, on which the code is running. Using a sandbox to detect malware offers an additional layer of protection against cybersecurity threats, such as stealth attacks, exploits on computer vulnerabilities, and advanced obfuscation techniques. 

Experiment and Test Safely and Effectively

Experimentation goes far beyond throwing things against a wall to see what sticks. Experimentation means providing your teams with a secure environment in which they have the freedom to make mistakes and learn from inevitable failures. Testing in an isolated sandbox environment offers teams the opportunity to validate problems in a secure and effective environment. Our sandbox service allows your team the freedom to experiment and test safely and actively, ultimately opening up a world of possibilities and opportunities, and driving your business forward in unprecedented ways.