Moving From Detection to Prevention of Modern Malware malware has changed the way networks are attacked, and enabled criminals to target and steal an enterprise’s most valuable assets. By evolving new techniques to avoid traditional antivirus controls, this new breed of  malware provides attackers with a method for infecting a target and patiently attacking a network from the inside without detection. As a result, finding and controlling new and unknown malware has quickly become one of the most important requirements for enterprise network security teams. To meet this challenge, Palo Alto Networks™ has developed WildFire, which easily and efficiently extends the power of the next-generation firewall to automatically detect and stop threats from new, evolving or targeted malware.

Unlike traditional antivirus solutions that look to match known malware, WildFire captures unknown files entering the network and proactively executes them in a safe cloud-based environment where any and all malicious actions and network activity are observed and recorded. Using active analysis, Palo Alto Networks proactively identifies malicious files within minutes based on their actual behavior to conclusively identify new or customized malware that may be unknown to the industry. When new malware is detected, WildFire automatically generates and delivers protections to all WildFire subscribers within an hour of the initial detection. This allows enterprises to not only find unknown or custom malware, but also stop new malware outbreaks before they spread. And as with all Palo Alto Networks analysis, this threat prevention is performed on all traffic, across all ports at up to 10 Gbps.

Preparing for Modern Network Attacks

As attacks have grown more sophisticated, the attack strategy has grown more patient, and developed a focus on stealth and evading security measures. Malware is increasingly the key to executing on these sophisticated attacks. Malware is easily modified or customized in order to avoid known antivirus signatures, and once the malware is delivered, it can act as an ongoing control point for the attacker inside the target network. This has made malware not only a very serious threat in its own right, but also a critical enabler of long-term network attacks or so-called advanced persistent threats (APTs). This evolution demands that security teams adapt their network security models to integrate anti-malware techniques into the network security layer, and most importantly expect and prepare for malware that will not be identified by a pre-existing signature. With Palo Alto Networks WildFire, security teams can take this critical step and extend their existing integrated approach to threat prevention to include the behavioral analysis, detection and prevention of modern malware.

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