What Makes Combating Malware Challenging
While threat vectors come and go, malware remains a crucial asset attackers use to achieve their objectives.
Lack of Visibility
While good products are on the market to detect potential malware, they only work if they can see assets they intend to protect. Suppose a new computer or server doesn’t get the malware protection installed. You end up with unintended exposure. This happens more than anyone would like to think.
While attackers are known to remain in environments for weeks, if not months, before deploying their malware payload, once deployed, the threat can spread like wildfire. Without real-time access to data, the security team will always be chasing an active attack, attempting to limit the damage rather than stopping it from executing.
Two aspects of automation make malware so effective. The attackers use automation to deploy malware, starting widespread campaigns with minimal investment. Without reliable automation, many security teams must use manual mitigation and remediation methods.
How to Defend Against Malware
A multi-layer security approach gives your team the best chance to detect and prevent malware from causing business disruptions.
Attackers consistently target endpoints, where users interact with a computer regularly, to carry out their attacks. A solid endpoint protection product, such as EPP and EDR, is a must.
Since most malware arrives via email, you must have an email product with built-in file filtering.
99% of all attacks will traverse your network at some point. Network protection products like NDRs are great ways to detect command and control activity typically associated with malware.
While attackers love to have users do their dirty work for them, if they can find an unpatched asset or an application with a known vulnerability in your environment, they are more than happy to exploit it. To that end, you need effective vulnerability management to keep your systems and applications up to date.
While the abrasiveness of a malware attack is evident once an attacker deploys the payload, there are opportunities to detect potential signs of an impending malware attack when actively monitoring and correlating user and entity behaviors and flagging suspicious activities.
With the previous protection layers in place, you need a way to respond to a detected threat at scale quickly. An automated response product like SOAR can distinguish between a localized malware issue and a widespread crippling attack.
How Stellar Cyber Can Help
Stellar Cyber delivers over 400 integrations out-of-the-box, including integrations to popular endpoint protection, email protection, and vulnerability management products you use. The choice of which of these products to use is up to you.
Stellar Cyber also provides network protection, security analytics, and automated response capabilities to deliver consistent malware protection across your IT and OT environments.
Ultra-Flexible Data Sources
Using pre-built integrations, incorporate data from any existing security control, IT, and productivity tool.
Normalize and Enrich Data
Automatically normalize and enrich data with context, enabling comprehensive, scalable data analysis.
Automated Threat Hunting
Create customized threat hunts that can be run ad-hoc or on a set schedule.
Advanced Threat Detection
Identify complex threats using AI threat models and curated threat detection rules.
AI-Driven Security Analytics
Combining seemingly disparate alerts into incidents provides security analysts with contextualized and prioritized threats to investigate.
Repeatable Incident Response
Take decisive response actions manually or enable Stellar Cyber to automate response fully.
Meet Your Malware Challenge with Stellar Cyber
Stop Chasing Alerts
Investigate incidents, not alerts
See signiﬁcant efﬁciency gains
Find hidden threats early
Eliminate constant ﬁreﬁghting
Optimize security stack
Improve team productivity