Aviv Raff: What CSOs need to know to protect their enterprises against malware

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Info Security PG: How have malware attacks evolved over the years?Why is malware so difficult to detect today in enterprise networks?

Aviv Raff: In the past, malware was used with an opportunistic approach, trying to infect as many devices as possible in order to gain financial benefits. Today, we see more and more attackers use malware as part of targeted campaigns, usually for financial gain or political motivation. The targeted and persistent nature of those targeted campaigns make today’s malware much more difficult to detect on enterprise networks without using an appropriate security solution.

As Chief Technology Officer, Aviv is responsible for the fundamental research and design of Seculert’s core technology. Aviv brings with him over 10 years of experience in leading software development and security research teams. Prior to Seculert, Aviv established and managed RSA’s FraudAction Research Lab as well as working as a senior security researcher at Finjan’s Malicious Code Research Center. Before joining Finjan, Aviv led software development teams at Amdocs, an industry leader in billing systems. Aviv has published several pioneering security research articles and is a frequent participant and requested speaker at information security conferences worldwide.

Info Security PG: What are the drawbacks of existing malware protection techniques?

Aviv Raff: Due to the fact that advanced threats are quiet, highly distributed and constantly morphing, it is impossible to defeat them with an on-premises solution. These advanced threats demand a new class of defenses.

Info Security PG: What security prediction would you make for the next 12 months? Why?

Aviv Raff: We will see more breaches and targeted attacks being publicly disclosed. This does not mean that there will be more targeted attacks out there. The attacks are already there, staying under the radar for months or even years. As more and more enterprises implement solutions that are able to detect such advanced threats, we will either see some of those enterprise coming forward or governments and law enforcements sharing this kind of information with the public.

Info Security PG: What advice would you give CSOs on protecting their enterprise networks against malware attacks and other advanced threats?

Aviv Raff: Because Advanced Threats are designed to morph and stay quiet in order for them to send out data from your network to the bad guys, companies need a solution that will find both known and unknown advanced threats and that covers all users, all sites and all devices.

To keep costs down and to avoid additional manpower the solution should be easily integrated to existing workflows, processes and security devices. Naturally everything should be automatic and run 24×7.

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