How to Definitively Stop Zero Day Malware

Do you truly know the difference between real threats and fake or even inconsequential ones? Maybe the difference between the threat of the boogeyman under your bed versus being taught stranger danger as a child? What about the threat of being unfriended on Facebook versus the danger of drugs as a teen? So, how does this apply to cyber security?  Surprisingly much more than you may think.

Chief Information Security Officers and IT security professionals constantly have to filter between false, innocuous, real and major threats daily. From ever-present phishing and simple viruses to denial of service attacks and major malware, the most serious impact is always done by the zero-day attack.

If you need a refresher on what Zero Day exploits, then check out our previous blog titled Zero Day Exploits Explained. Bottomline is that what you don’t know, can and will hurt your organization. 

Scattergun Techniques

According to the 2018 Verizon Data Breach report:

“The reality is that cybercriminals rarely fit that profile. They’re opportunistic; using scattergun techniques like phishing to trawl for weak points that they can use as a foothold to launch their attack. And their intent is rarely world domination, it’s normally just money. Whether it’s design plans, medical records or good, old-fashioned payment card details—someone, somewhere will see it as their meal ticket. Most cybercriminals are not fussy about who they steal from.”

Sandboxes Are Not Enough

Cyber threat protection is largely based on known signatures with sandboxes being the historically only technology to handle zero day exploits because they will detonate everything in a controlled environment before it could impact your organization.  Unfortunately, network-level cyber protection using sandboxing technology and inspection built on behavioral analysis to attempt to identify unknown threats is resource intensive, slow, operating system and client-side application dependent, and even worse, can mostly be evaded by today’s smart attacks.

Stopping Zero Day Malware 

Stopping zero day malware requires a new approach.  You can no longer wait for a sandbox to detonate malware or pray remediating an attack is not too expensive. SoleGATE™ is powered by DvC™, a signature-less engine that searches for hidden opcode instructions inside data files, regardless of code flow (encrypted, encoded) or size. The engine also analyzes active content (e.g. MS Office macros, embedded JavaScript) through next-gen de-obfuscation capabilities and an advanced set of heuristics to reveal malicious files. SoleGATE’s rapid, accurate and scalable detection capabilities fully protect customers against current and future advanced threats.

See for yourself what SoleGate can do to prevent zero day exploits in your organization. Register for a demo today.

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