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Combating the Latest Advanced Malware Attacks

Malware is a persistent cyber security problem that continues to grow, both in the sophistication of exploits and in the breadth of their application. In 2014, advanced malware programs targeting mobile platforms, and particularly the android operating system, grew exponentially. And combined statistics for mobile and desktop platforms show that Malware hackers have made a considerable push forward, with an increase from 1 billion attacks in 2013 to 6 billion in 2014.

The growing sophistication of malware attacks is also evident by a number of recent exploits that are particularly disconcerting. PoSeidon, an attack targeting retailers’ PoS systems, advances the same strategies used in high-profile retail breaches last year (e.g. the Target and Neiman Marcus incidents). EquationDrug, a full scale platform used for cyber espionage, has recently been linked to a series of espionage events extending back as far as a decade. And perhaps most alarming for the general public, a recently discovered PC implant called Lighteater has proven capable of rendering a computer completely unusable in a matter of moments.

For organizations that want to fight back against malware, the expansive proliferation of advanced exploits can be daunting. Identifying and reacting to the full scope of potential exploits would take an army of security professionals working around the clock. And the expense of such an operation is simply outside most organizations’ budgets.

Fortunately, there are actions organizations can take to more effectively fight malware. The key is the prioritization of efforts, which means identifying the most substantial threats to a network and focusing on shutting them down. For that approach to work, organizations need three key competencies:

  1. In-depth, actionable and up-to-date malware intelligence that can be used to identify threats within a system.
  2. The ability to map those threats to essential resources, making it possible to prioritize actions.
  3. Real-time monitoring to take quick and decisive action.

If implementing these measures is out of your organization’s scope, hiring cyber security specialists can be an affordable and effective option. Leveraging Damballa’s Failsafe technology, Lunarline’s advanced malware assessment service helps our clients identify their malware exposure and their most pressing threats so they can make informed decisions about their network security — without hiring new internal resources or purchasing expensive equipment.

For more information on Lunarline’s advanced malware assessment service or any of our other innovative cyber security and privacy products and services, visit Lunarline.com or contact us for a consultation.

About Spence Witten

Spence has somehow survived ten years at start-ups and small businesses without suffering a (major) nervous breakdown. As Lunarline's Director of Federal Sales, Spence actually loves working on proposals. If there were any doubt, this is proof that he is in fact certifiably insane. While his title says "Sales" Lunarline doesn't let him off that easy. We make him do real work, too. Luckily he's a recognized subject matter expert in security policy and loves helping clients navigate their way around tricky security compliance standards. He's also been known to lead a software development initiative or two, though that pretty much always ends poorly for everyone involved. He can be reached at spence.witten@lunarline.com.