Does your Web Browser need a Stunt Double?

In the first decade of the 20th century, stunt doubles became part of motion picture films. A century later, they are still in demand.  Brad Pitt has a stunt double (Brad Pitt is not the only one who looks like Brad Pitt).  Even while playing the stunt double and best friend of the leading character in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Brad Pitt had a stunt double act the most dangerous scenes for him. Bruce Willis performs stunts yet has multiple stunt doubles.  In the movie Vantage Point, actor William Hurt plays the President of the United States and his stunt double, a political decoy who is assassinated.[i]

Stunt doubles are a proven idea. Their looks and skills enable them to replace actors who aren’t up to a death-defying stunt or a challenging dance scene.  Their fundamental role is to keep actors out of harm’s way without spoiling the show. Some suggest stunt doubles are the real heroes of our favorite films, yet they pay a price in wear and tear, sometimes more.

Remotely controlled robots have become the stunt doubles of high-risk occupations. Human operators remain safe and productive while the robots go beyond human limits.  In Northern Ireland during the troubles, bomb disposal teams used remotely controlled robots known as “wheelbarrows” and they are considered to have saved hundreds of lives. Deepwater industries use remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROUV) to explore the Titanic and control the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Drones simplify early detection of oil pipeline leaks and reduce costs.  With the fighter pilot removed, military drones can fly faster and farther with less chance of detection than jet fighter aircraft.  If the drone is shot down, the pilot simply launches another.  Using a robotic stunt double is proven, productive and profitable.

Can we apply that concept to cybersecurity, when considering business risk?  Indeed, the browser isolation technology uses a remote browser as the stunt double to keep the local browser and endpoint out of harm’s way.  If something happens to the remote browser, the system simply disposes of it and starts up a fresh new remote browser.  The local browser and endpoint remain safe.  As in the movies, the stunt double plays the actor’s role without negatively impacting the human experience.

So, the next time you have to do something dangerous on the internet, such as click an email link or navigate to a suspicious site, shouldn’t you look for your stunt double?

Learn more about remote browser isolation as provided by the Isla Isolation Platform here

[i] Stunt Doubles And Their Actors Are Set To Confuse You!

John Klassen

Sr. Director - Product Marketing