This paper first describes the current threat landscape and then introduces a model for enterprises to protect themselves from APTs using the next-generation firewall. Integrating Palo Alto Networks next-generation firewall into an overall security strategy gives security administrators a fighting chance. Whatever technology is ultimately chosen, following the strategies presented in this paper will improve an organization’s security posture and help protect it from Advanced Persistent Threats.
Palo Alto Networks will present ‘Combating Polymorphic and Modern Malware’
at INTERFACE-Dallas on May 8th, 2014
“Modern malware has evolved from being simple replicating viruses to highly evasive and adaptable network applications that allow hackers to launch increasingly sophisticated and targeted attacks. This new breed of malware is at the heart of many of today’s most sophisticated intrusions – enabling attackers to gain a foothold within the enterprise from which they can dig deeper into the network, control their attack and steal information. As malware has become more powerful, it has also become more targeted and customized for a particular network, thus helping it to avoid traditional signature-based anti-malware solutions. This shift has put IT security teams at a disadvantage inasmuch as the malware that represents the greatest risk to the enterprise is also the most difficult to detect.
Solution: To meet this challenge, Palo Alto Networks has developed WildFire, which provides the ability to identify malicious behaviors in executable files by running them in a virtual environment and observing their behaviors. This enables Palo Alto Networks to identify malware quickly and accurately, even if the particular sample of malware has never been seen in the wild before.”