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Fidelis Expands Into Malware Detection And Analysis

New appliance for the Fortune 1000, SMB space

General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions today plans to roll out a new malware and botnet detection and analysis appliance that extends its deep session inspection technology to root out incoming malicious content from email, files, and Web traffic.

Fidelis' new Fidelis XPS Vector appliance represents a new twist for the firm, which traditionally has focused on deep session inspection of network traffic events. It also puts General Dynamics in the broader market, including Fortune 1000 and small to midsize businesses, company officials say.

"This is a channel-friendly product from our perspective ... to [organizations] that don't have a lot of existing knowledge about XPS," says Tom Lyons, vice president of product management at General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, such as the Fortune 1000 and SMB space, he says.

General Dynamics joins FireEye, Damballa, and other vendors in the targeted malware detection and analysis sector. The appliance sits on the network and monitors it for malware, looking for malicious attachments in email, for example. If a malicious URL sneaks by in an email and a user clicks on it, the XPS Vector would catch any command-and-control activity, Lyon says.

"It focuses on known, targeted, and zero-day malware, and it's plug and play," he says. "It combines a management console and sensor" in the appliance, he says.

When the appliance detects or blocks a piece of malware, it provides an analysis on the source, decoding path, protocol, compression, and forensic information. It gets automatic updates on threats via the cloud-based Fidelis Insight Threat Intelligence Feeds.

Pricing for the Fidelis XPS Vector ranges from $49,900 plus $9,980 annual maintenance, to $99,900 plus $19,980 annual maintenance fee.

“We developed Fidelis XPS Vector to help customers target inbound malware, a tactic that is increasingly being used to attack enterprises," Lyons says.

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