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Endpoint Security: The Evolution Of Modern Malware

Once a technical rarity, malware threats have become commonplace for many companies. Multiple groups — from state-sponsored actors to cybercriminals to hacktivists — are now using malicious code to infect devices, steal information and lock down files. These “endpoint attacks” take advantage of existing vulnerabilities, undocumented bugs and brute force to accomplish their aim, making them a constant worry for InfoSec teams. Many malicious programs are specifically designed to go undetected as they work to gain control over your computer resources, spread from system to system, and report their activities to a command and control (CNC) server. Add the burgeoning Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem and you’re also dealing with the challenge of widespread, high-traffic DDoS attacks, which can cripple web services in minutes. More bad news? Today’s firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and antivirus solutions aren’t up to the challenge of containing or eliminating these threats.

What is Modern Malware?

To combat emerging security risks, IT must adapt — this means embracing the reality that device infections are common and there is no single solution to protect assets or stop this threat at the gate. To address endpoint attacks, organizations need a new set of strategies:

  • Detect — Potential infections must be detected as soon as possible, quarantined and then analyzed for useful data.
  • Contain — If attacks breach your network, security tools must act quickly to contain the threat and limit the damage.
  • Eradicate — Once systems are secure, all traces of infection must be removed and the network checked for any residual traces of malicious code.
  • Recover — Tools and training must work together to restore damaged data, recover lost services and design better defenses against the next potential threat.
  • Train — Information technology and security teams must be trained with new tools and techniques to support the new security model. For example, IT pros must recognize the potential of a DDoS attack as mere distraction for secondary infections, or the role of social media in exposing networks to malicious actors.

At Halock Security Labs, it’s our mandate to both understand the challenges presented by evolving attack vectors and help you adjust to these new threats.

The Halock Security Labs Defense Initiative:

  • Advanced malware threat assessments — Using industry leading advanced endpoint detection and response technology in combination with extensive security industry expertise, Halock Security Labs can rapidly and accurately identify and report any zero-day malware infections, Trojans, ransomware or other advanced threats currently residing in your environment.
  • Malware defense strategy development — Let Halock Security Labs assist you in developing comprehensive endpoint security solutions that leverage your existing network structure and expertise to maximize defensive potential.
  • Malware analysis — Are you suspicious that certain files might contain malware? Halock Security Labs has the experience and tools to determine if you have been infected, determine the potential impact and suggest a course of action.
  • Endpoint antivirus — Antivirus and firewall tools must now adapt to endpoint-focused IT environments. Our custom-designed solutions can help protect critical devices and access points.

Malware is evolving. Fight back with advanced endpoint detection and response from Halock Security Labs.