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Advanced Detection and Prevention

Single-use malware will bypass your organization's defenses, regardless of industry or size. Signature-based defenses cannot protect against single-use malware.

The evolution of malware has been quite remarkable. In the past, malware was often complex and required a lot of resources to develop. It was also used by cybercriminals primarily for long-term, stealthy attacks. But today’s cybercriminals are increasingly interested in financially motivated campaigns that target specific individuals or organizations with a large number of victims in a short period of time.

This type of malware is challenging for signature-based defenses to protect against because it is single-use and created with a sole purpose in mind: to generate a quick profit for the attacker. And these types of campaigns are difficult to detect because the attack itself is often very similar to legitimate activity from the perspective of IT systems monitoring network traffic.

 

What is Advanced Detection and Prevention?

Today’s advanced detection and prevention technologies are providing enhanced malware detection and disruption capabilities that are at the core of modern-day security strategies. These are tools that are capable of detecting malware and keeping it from infecting and defacing enterprise systems.

One of the oldest approaches for detecting malware is the behavioral detection approach. This method is based on a combination of heuristics and techniques that are used to detect a variety of malware variants, including one-time scripts, malicious scripts and worm variants. Behavioral detection alone is not enough.

 

How Can I Protect Myself?

Whether you’re a small business, a global company or an organization with a broad customer base, you are likely already using security products to protect against malware. In fact, signature-based anti-malware/antivirus software, is available for free with Microsoft Windows. However, modern attackers are becoming sophisticated, often employing new methods to launch large-scale targeted attacks, thus limiting the effectiveness of traditional signature-based approaches.

Despite these challenges, advanced detection and prevention capabilities can make an impact in protecting you against malware attacks that are driven by financial gain. Just as you should use anti-virus software, you should also use advanced detection and prevention products.

Intrusion detection systems built into your antivirus software or into your office router are an effective way to protect yourself from malware. These add another layer of protection by scanning data as it leaves your network and blocking it if it detects unusual patterns or behaviours.

If you are not already doing so, it’s time to reconsider your existing endpoint security strategies and update them to stop all types of malware. All of this year’s top malware types are based on the basic operating system functions, making it simple for endpoint security systems to block these threats. But this requires constant vigilance and continuous monitoring of suspicious activity. In addition, endpoint security must implement a detection-focused strategy that, by itself, is the fastest, most accurate way to prevent the spread of malware.

It’s time to turn your attention to endpoint security. With the increased sophistication of both targeted attacks and lateral attacks, it’s vital that you take the necessary steps to effectively protect your company from both threats.

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Remediation is needed when the impacts of your security breach cause your business to no longer comply with certification or insurance requirements, and an expert third-party audit is required to help you become compliant again. It is also helpful when you need to notify your customers about the breach, and having a third-party can help you retain their confidence.

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Compliance monitoring is a critical component of any cybersecurity program regardless of whether data protection regulations apply to your organization or not.

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