Gartner: CDR content sanitization technology scores high in network infrastructure security

Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) technology is identified by Gartner as a ‘high benefit’ technology for network infrastructure security as it continues to mature towards mainstream adoption.

In the latest edition of Gartner’s Hype Cycle report on network security (July ’21)[1], content sanitization technology rates high on the priority matrix for network security, due to its ability to ‘protect against exploits and weaponized content without the need for lengthy dynamic analysis or traditional content inspection techniques (such as signatures) for identifying malicious content.’ Gartner’s analysts identify CDR technology as being particularly useful ‘where files are crossing organizational boundaries such as email, web and file content sharing sites.’

Content sanitization, defined as technology that ‘breaks down files into their discrete components, strips away anything that doesn’t conform to that file type’s original specification/ISO standard, removes any content that could be malicious (macros, links, embedded objects), and rebuilds a sanitized version.

Gartner identifies two unique benefits of CDR for the enterprise –
  • It ‘significantly reduces the risk of malicious content entering an organization, for example, via email, by removing active content such as macros, which is one of the most common infection vectors and hard to deal with in other ways.’
  • It is ‘much faster than sandboxing, and therefore makes a good complementary solution.’
  • Our experience here at Sasa Software has shown that for many clients, implementing of CDR, has made other security tools such as sandboxes redundant.
    The insertion of CDR file sanitization into the content stream, significantly upgrades the security profile of the entire network. It provides administrators with a powerful, highly-configurable content disinfection tool to any gateway, at near real time.

    Sasa Software is a leader in customized, full-perimeter content sanitization technology with central administration, providing precision file sanitization and DLP on all incoming and outgoing content channels.

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    [1] Gartner “Hype Cycle for Network Security, 2021” by Shilpi Handa, Pete Shoard; Published 14 July 2021

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