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Combating Today's Complex Malware with Dynamic Defenses
Date: 11/06/2009 Length: 6 pages Cost: $99.00

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Today’s attacks have become increasingly sophisticated in finding ways to exploit sensitive information, wherever it is found—both inside the enterprise and beyond. The sheer proportion of privacy breaches that have resulted from external attacks makes it clear that many of today’s defenses leave much to be desired in their ability to recognize and effectively defend against today’s more sophisticated attacker. With motives ranging from the profitability of organized crime, to the desire to gain a strategic national security advantage, today’s cybercriminal not only understands how to circumvent legacy approaches to digital security, but how to stay ahead of traditional defenses. Modern attacks such as botnets leverage a combination of exploit code, reverse-connect functionality to establish command-and-control channels, obfuscation and highly dynamic techniques that can make finding and eliminating such a complex compromise extraordinarily difficult. There are, however, ways to combat complex threats—provided their behavior can be recognized and understood with a high degree of accuracy. In this paper, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) considers the increased sophistication of today’s complex threats such as botnets, blended threats, and the networks-of-networks they create, that define one of today’s most alarming security management challenges. FireEye’s distinctive analytic technology and the advantages of mutual real-time intelligence are examined as an example of how more innovative approaches are providing effective defense against today’s sophisticated attacks that far too often evade many other legacy approaches.

Scott Crawford, Former EMA Analyst

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