In cybersecurity, a sandbox is an isolated environment on a network that mimics end-user operating environments. Sandboxes are used to safely execute suspicious code without risking harm to the host device or network.
Using a sandbox for advanced malware detection provides another layer of protection against new security threats—zero-day (previously unseen) malware and stealthy attacks, in particular. And what happens in the sandbox, stays in the sandbox—avoiding system failures and keeping software vulnerabilities from spreading.
Sandbox environments provide a proactive layer of network security defense against new and Advanced Persistent Threats (APT). APTs are custom-developed, targeted attacks often aimed at compromising organizations and stealing data. They are designed to evade detection and often fly under the radar of more straightforward detection methods.