IT security challenges started on day one of the computer revolution. As more organization relied on technical automation for their information resources, cyber criminals recognized new avenues to exploit for personal and political gain. As technology advanced, so too did the need for advanced security strategies and practices.
What is Advanced Security?
Let’s start with a definition of Advanced Security so that we can level set the discussion as it seems that everyone has a different perspective of what this topic entails as it relates to IT security. According to Wikipediait is:
“the protection of computer systems from the theft and damage to their hardware, software or information, as well as from disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Cybersecurity includes controlling physical access to the hardware, as well as protecting against harm that may come via network access, data and code injection. Also, due to malpractice by operators, whether intentional or accidental, IT security is susceptible to being tricked into deviating from secure procedures through various methods.”
What You Should Know
As discussed in a previous blog, Cyber crime damage will approach $6 trillion annually by 2021 and cybersecurity spending will top $1 trillion in the same timeframe. So, there are a few things you should be aware of in order to be prepared:
- About Monitoring:Under the premise that what you don’t know will invariably hurt your network, security monitoring solutions cropped up as the first line of cyber defense. In this case by monitoring for malicious code a signature could be detected, and then cyber protection solutions use those signatures to detect known attacks. Unfortunately, zero-days and unknown threats are virtually undetectable, so the course of action in those instances is rapid remediation.
- About Endpoint Solutions:According to Nate Lord at Digital Guardian, “Endpoint securityis the process of securing the various endpoints on a network, often defined as end-user devices such as mobile devices, laptops, and desktop PCs, although hardware such as servers in a data center are also considered endpoints. Precise definitions vary among thought leaders in the security space, but essentially, endpoint security addresses the risks presented by devices connecting to an enterprise network.” In this case the likelihood of malicious code entering your IT infrastructure through alternative means is expected, so the addition of other complimentary solutions is necessary, and it is between the gaps that cyber-criminal strike next.
- About Artificial Intelligence:AI seems to be the hot topic in cyber security these days thanks to the promise of adaptive and “learning” technologies that will adapt through experience and emulate human cognition. However according to a recent Forbes articletitled “How Will Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning Impact Cyber Security?”:“On the other hand, AI can open vulnerabilities as well, particularly when it depends on interfaces within and across organizations that inadvertently create opportunities for access by “bad actors” or disreputable agents. Attackers are beginning to deploy AI too, enabling it to have the ability to make decisions that benefit attackers. Meaning they will gradually develop automated hacks that are able to study and learn about the systems they target, and identify vulnerabilities, on the fly.”
- About Sandboxes:Network-level cyber protection today mostly uses sandboxing technology and inspection built on behavioral analysis to attempt to identify unknown threats. This approach is resource intensive, slow, operating system and client-side application dependent, and even worse, can mostly be evaded by today’s smart attacks. We have discussed this at length in a previous blog titled“3 Reasons to Avoid Sandboxes”. There is a better way.
- About Transformative Approaches:New patented technologies like DvC™ by Solebit, provide a real-time, signature-less engine. DvC assumes that there is no legitimate reason for executable code to be present in any data file. As such, it does not rely on heuristics or behaviors (which are core limitations of competing technologies), and definitively identifies and terminates any instance of malicious code such as hidden CPU instructions, encrypted and polymorphic payloads, shellcodes and other commands typically buried in data files. DvC also accurately identifies and blocks malicious active content using advanced flow analysis, de-obfuscation techniques and deep content evaluation, to reveal threat intent within any inbound data file covering machine, operating system and application levels, thereby rendering such sandbox-evading attacks harmless to the enterprise.
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