Sun Management - Rising Technologies

Securing Endpoint Devices using Next-Gen AV Solutions

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Traditional antivirus and antimalware software cannot keep up with the ever-changing environment that is today’s threat landscape. Malware authors have found ways to completely bypass the traditional scan and repair tools and software by writing files that can manipulate their code to change their own signatures on the fly. Because of this, the need for new tools has become abundantly clear with the rise of outbreaks such as CryptoLocker, ZeuS, and wannacry / wannacryptor.

To understand how to prevent attacks, understanding how the attacks are performed is necessary. Typical attacks begin with an attacker performing reconnaissance on their target, determining end goals for their attack, and finally, determining the best method of attack to achieve their defined goals. At this point, the attacker will devise an attack strategy to deliver their payload via some form of manipulation of their victims. This strategy could be via social engineering, phishing, brute force, etc. to gain access to a computer, network, or user credentials. Once the attacker has been successful, they will begin by exploiting the system in some way to deliver their malicious payload to set up persistence in the environment so control can be maintained. If an attacker has gotten this far they then will begin to execute command and control traffic (C2) to achieve the goals that they set within the beginning of their attack lifecycle.

Security professionals only need to stop an attack at one point within the attack life cycle. If a defense in depth strategy is used in defense, we have many opportunities to stop and attack before it’s successful preventing damage to the endpoint and network.