Organizations face a new breed of cyber attacks that easily thwart traditional defenses. Today’s threat landscape demands a fundamentally new approach, one that does not rely on binary signatures, lists, or rules to detect threats.
Aware that yesterday’s defenses are no match for today’s attacks, many vendors have begun hawking sandbox-based products as the answer. But most are bolt-on additions to legacy offerings—constrained by technologies that are not architected for new threats.
This paper examines the limitations of many security architectures, including sandbox-based products. And it explains the FireEye advantage—an architecture built from the ground up to protect against today’s advanced attacks and evolve as threats change.
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Signature based technology is the most common form of malware detection used in AV software, IPS devices, and Web gateways. Unfortunately for organizations that rely on these defenses, signatures are woefully ineffective. Today’s malware is polymorphic, changing constantly. Binary signatures reflect only the malware’s state when first identified—not new variants. Because of this mismatch, binary signatures fail to detect most malware samples—about 60,000 new malware variants are released daily. Making matters worse, cybercriminals use a bevy of techniques to evade signature-based detection. Common evasion tacks include file encryption and portable executable packers.
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