Guest Column | May 3, 2012

Preparing For The Emerging Threats Of HTML5 Content

Hongwen Zhang

By Hongwen Zhang, president and CEO, Wedge Networks

HTML5 has become a necessary transition for organizations in need of a new method for delivering content. Significant social networks and browsers, like Facebook, Google, YouTube and PayPal, have begun the transition to HTML5, not only transforming today’s web structure, but also how content is being processed and presented. With HTML5, organizations will benefit from new functionalities that deliver richer media, increased online responsiveness, and allowance for a disconnected operation. However, HTML5 also triggers a common IT headache — security.

HTML5 provides a rich, responsive, and standardized Web application environment that enables trends like increased mobile access and dynamic cloud-based applications. Traditional security solutions are unqualified for these new dynamics as the introduction of HTML5 opens the door to new and unique malware passages that use cross-site delivery/communication, broader Javascript capabilities, and WebSocket protocol.

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