Enhanced Anti-Exploit Technologies Added to Enterprise Product Line to Fend off Modern Threats: Bitdefender
November 12, 2016
Enhanced Anti-Exploit feature provides extra layer of protection against world’s most pervasive types of attacks, including Advanced persistent threats (APT). Bitdefender also complemented ransomware protection by integrating its ransomware vaccine tool directly in the products.
The update is available immediately to existing customers in the latest version of products of the GravityZone line, both Cloud and on-premise. To avail additional security benefits of the new upgrade for Enterprise and SME customers, BD Soft has provided related information and guidance to its channel partners in respective regions.
Advanced persistent threats (APT) have not only multiplied over the past years, but also reached new levels of complexity. An attack such as the Monsoon APT, which exploits a vulnerability while leaving little to no traces of malicious code, can now be stopped dead in its tracks. “Advanced persistent threats have completely changed the security game, making it fundamentally more difficult for IT security teams to detect and remediate breaches in the company network,” said Harish Agastya, VP of Enterprise Solutions at Bitdefender. “Our innovative take at detecting zero-day threats monitors interactions with specific software, making sure that any anomalous behavior is stopped before it inflicts any damage”.
Bitdefender’s new anti-exploit protection was designed to tackle evasive exploits to help reduce the APT attack surface and minimize the risk of being targeted. The new technology works by zooming in on potentially vulnerable software and running a structural analysis during key execution points. If an anomaly is detected, admins can choose to automatically block the execution or to simply be notified.
With this additional feature, advanced attacks can be stopped before the payload actually reaches the client’s infrastructure, thus greatly increasing the costs of attacks for targeted threat actors, be those civilian entities or hostile governments. During the testing stage, the Enhanced Anti-Exploit technology was able to block all Flash Player exploits discovered during the past year, including zero-days.
According to data from the Bitdefender Antispam Lab, in the first three months of 2016 spam email with file attachments, the primary vector for ransomware infections, increased by 50%. To date there are roughly 2.6 million known unique samples of ransomware and the numbers keep growing, with DIY ransomware creation tools readily available.
In order to further enhance its protection against ransomware, Bitdefender have also complemented its two existing anti-ransomware defense technologies – the engines that use advanced machine learning and the Advanced Threat Control feature – by integrating ransomware vaccine previously available as a standalone tool directly into the GravityZone products.