YARA technology is a rule-based malware identification and classification tool

September 25, 2013

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WALTHAM, Mass. – General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions today announced its flagship network security solution, Fidelis XPS, now includes a new application of YARA technology, a rule-based malware identification and classification tool, that will increase the real-time prevention of malware attacks by analyzing threats in network traffic. Arming customers with another innovative method to detect malicious traffic as it flows on the network, the continued enhancements to Fidelis XPS help customers reduce remediation costs by blocking malware before it enters the enterprise.

"The addition of YARA will help customers' network teams analyze threats on their network in a more proactive and comprehensive way," said Tom Lyons, vice president of product management at General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions. "This extends our customers' protection beyond the standard application of scanning suspicious files after they have entered the enterprise."

Fidelis XPS leverages YARA's capabilities of classifying detected malware and scanning static objects in a file system after they have already entered the network, to extend and support its prevention efforts to scan network sessions in progress. With organizations placing an increased focus on blocking as much malware as possible before it enters the network, this collaboration makes advanced threat defense an active component of network defense. In doing so, the costs and downtime associated with remediation after a threat has been detected can be drastically reduced.

"Relying on remediation may not only be cost-prohibitive, but eventually it will slow down or even stall business operations," said Wendy Nather, research director at the 451 Group, who recently published a report on the malware threat detection capabilities of Fidelis XPS. "Enterprises and government agencies can't afford to take a reactive approach to network defense. In order to effectively combat threats, they have to be able to see more and stop more of the malicious traffic."

In addition, Fidelis XPS can augment YARA rules with situational awareness, applying context to the content. The open, non-proprietary nature of YARA allows security analysts to share these rules and learn from their colleagues, continually refining the intelligence of the security community.

Built on General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions' patented Deep Session Inspection® platform, Fidelis XPS is an industry leading network security appliance that delivers network visibility, analysis and control over all ports and all channels in real-time, to defend against advanced threats and prevent the possibility of a data breach on multi-gigabit-speed networks. Deployed as a context-aware network appliance, Fidelis XPS gives global enterprises and government agencies the ability to see, study and stop advanced threats during all phases of the threat lifecycle. The solution recently earned an overall breach detection rating of 98.4 percent in an independent test conducted by NSS Labs, an information research and advisory company specializing in IT product testing.

General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions offers a comprehensive portfolio of products, services and expertise to combat today's sophisticated advanced threats and prevent data breaches. Our commercial enterprise and government customers around the globe can face advanced threats with confidence through use of our Network Defense and Forensics Services, delivered by a team of security professionals with decades of hands-on experience, and our award-winning Fidelis XPS Advanced Threat Defense products, which provide visibility and control over the entire threat life cycle. To learn more about General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions, please visit www.fidelissecurity.com.

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