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30% of Q4 Malware was New or Zero-Day
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HardenStance
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3/31/2017 | 4:31:33 PM
New ?
I'm not about to dispute that traditional AV misses a good amount of malware.

The proposition that a "30%" failure rate is a realiable benchmark for a universal catch-all benchmark for "traditional AV" - whatever that is nowadays - sounds pretty high to me.

And that "30%" is "new"? "Zero-day" ?

Presumably that 30% includes stuff with the tiniest of code deviations from a long established malware family? Is that really 'new' ?

There's certainly the core of a decent case here. I'm good with that.

Seems to me there's a bit of 'amplification' going on as well, though.

 

 

 
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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3/31/2017 | 3:15:42 PM
Level 3's Chris Richter's take.
I recently chitchatted with Level 3's SVP of Global Security Services, Chris Richter, about this very issue in the enterprise cloud context.

He very readily noted that "From a cloud service provider perspective, the one thing they really need to be wary of, and very cognizant of, is that most of the breaches that occurred last year -- the big, big breaches -- did not involve malware at all. They didn't involve any fancy cutting-edge brilliantly written malicious code. It was all mostly zero-day vulnerabilities that the perpetrators were able to take advantage of. In these virtualized cloud environments, that still remains a huge risk, and the cloud operators need to stay ahead. They need to stay ahead of vulnerabilities and they need to have a Plan B should a zero-day attack happen."

He went on to point out the brisk business that zero-day vulnerabilities have on the black market and gray market -- and that many of the WikiLeaks vulnerabilties had already been long-known to the hacker community.


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