The risk to confidential information and Intellectual Property continues to grow as IT professionals are facing threats to their infrastructure from both internal and external sources. Today’s attacks are proving to be more organized, sophisticated and covert than attacks seen in years past, consequently requiring a new approach to security.
The recent Operation Aurora attacks highlighted the targeted nature of today’s threats, as it was designed to steal confidential information from specific companies. According to the recent Bit9 Unauthorized Software Threat Report, 68 percent of enterprises have software restrictions in place, but 45 percent have found unauthorized software running on more than half of their computers in the past year. And while 99 percent of the companies polled have Antivirus solutions running on their endpoints, 46 percent found malicious software had evaded its existing security measures.
Echoing the need for a new approach to security, Gartner Analyst Neil MacDonald said, “The traditional blacklist Antivirus capability is insufficient protection from today's more professional malware threat.”*
Cybercriminals are targeting these areas of weaknesses on the endpoints that are putting business and government environments at risk: poorly enforced IT policies and insufficiently managed and protected systems.
To address these customer pain points, Bit9 offers a foundational layer of security protection for government agencies and enterprises looking to protect their computer environments. New features to its award-winning Bit9 Parity Suite that address these challenges include:
File Integrity Monitoring – Bit9 Parity 6.0 continuously monitors, controls and reports on all changes that occur to help prevent malware from making unauthorized changes to sensitive files. Bit9’s FIM capabilities provide PCI DSS compliance.
Registry Protection – Bit9 Parity 6.0 comes with out-of-box policies to secure high risk and targeted registry objects. Bit9 protects specific registry objects from unauthorized and malicious changes and helps demonstrate compliance.
Operating System Integrity – Bit9 provides operating system tamper protection, which prevents malicious hackers from harming the OS.
Threat Identification – Using the Bit9 Global Software Registry™, the largest repository of software intelligence, Bit9 provides a live software inventory of all software on organizations’ endpoints at any given time. Bit9 provides a Trust Factor on all software and identifies all malware attempting to execute including the Advanced Persistent Threat. Bit9’s live reports provide IT professionals with the ability to demonstrate when an advanced attack bypasses Antivirus and is stopped by Application Whitelisting.
With Bit9 Parity Suite 6.0 you can easily implement and demonstrate compliance with a host of regulations, including: PCI DSS, NERC CIP, FISMA, FDCC, CAG and GCSX Code of Connection.
“Enterprises today need to take measures beyond ordinary Antivirus to ensure they are protected from the Advanced Persistent Threat. At the same time, they need to allow employees to be able to do their jobs,” said Kevin Quinlan, Sr. Director of Information Technology, Bertucci’s. “Bit9 Parity 6.0 Application Whitelisting does just that by helping protect against advanced threats while working easily in our dynamic endpoint environment.”
“Customers are looking for a broader set of solutions to defend against multiple endpoint attack vectors,” said Tom Murphy, chief strategy officer, Bit9. “By adding greater controls to our expanded application defenses within the Parity Suite, Bit9 is able to meet customer’s needs in stopping advanced threats and targeted attacks.”
To learn more about how Bit9 Parity Suite can protect your endpoints, please visit our website here.
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*Gartner, Inc., "Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, 2009" by Neil MacDonald et al, May 4, 2009
Bit9 is the pioneer and leader in Enterprise Application Whitelisting. The company's solutions provide total visibility and control over all software on endpoints, eliminating the risk caused by malicious, illegal and unauthorized software. Bit9 specializes in advanced threat protection to protect organizations from the Advanced Persistent Threat.
Bit9 leverages the Bit9 Global Software Registry™ - the world's largest database of software intelligence – to identify and classify software, delivering the highest levels of endpoint security, compliance, and manageability. Bit9’s dynamic application whitelisting technology makes it simple to deploy application whitelisting in the largest of organizations. The company’s global customers come from a wide variety of industries, such as government, financial services, retail, healthcare, e-commerce and education.
Bit9 was awarded a prestigious $2M United States federal research grant in 2003 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology-Advanced Technology Program (NIST ATP) to conduct the research that is now at the core of our application whitelisting solutions. Bit9 is privately held and based in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit http://www.bit9.com or call +1 617.393.7400.