Lastline Knowledge Base of Malware Intelligence with String Indexing Launches at RSA

Vast, Structured Repository Offers an Average of 10 Times More Data per Malware Query than Other Threat Intelligence Stores

April 21, 2015

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Lastline Knowledge Base (LLKB) launched today at the RSA Conference. The new software module can be combined with the Lastline Breach Detection Platform to give security professionals critical context around incidents to proactively respond to and defend against active breaches. The vast, structured data repository contains years of comprehensive malware data that is updated continuously as new threats and relationships between them emerge.

The LLKB lets security professionals quickly dig deep into historical breaches, related IP addresses and the indicators of compromise (IOCs) for malware tied to an advanced threat. Incident Response (IR) and Security Operations Center (SOC) teams can then use the LLKB to identify specific attributions related to previously unseen malware attacking their network to drastically improve escalation accuracy, rapid containment, effective countermeasures and future protections.

“In enterprise security, knowledge is the lifeblood of defense,” said Brian Laing, vice president of products for Lastline. “Drawing on decades of research, we’ve built a continuously updated, fully integrated and searchable database of threat intelligence within the Lastline Breach Detection Platform. The Lastline Knowledge Base puts instant malware knowledge specific to each customer organization into the hands of security professionals who can use it to simultaneously defend against current threats while preventing future breaches.”

Upwards of 10x the Data on Each Malware Query vs. Standard Threat Intelligence

Combining IOC and activity information for each sample, the LLKB delivers at least 10 times the data on each malware sample as compared to typical threat intelligence stores. When triaging a detected threat, SOC members can use the LLKB to assess the prevalence and historical impact of related malware samples within their network or industry vertical. Escalation and remediation decisions are reached more quickly, and are better informed. In parallel, they can block all related domains or IP addresses -- particularly useful if there are indications of a targeted attack. With the LLKB, you can also search for URLs in the memory image of every known malware sample, potentially identifying malware targeting your organization before it even reaches your network. This unprecedented level of detail is made possible by full system emulation (FUSE). FUSE is the only approach to sandboxing that provides visibility into every single instruction that a malware sample executes, together with a complete view of its memory during runtime. With this unique level of visibility, the LLKB is enriched with information that no other threat intelligence source can provide.

LLKB Indexes Malware Memory Strings, IOCs, IP Addresses, Domains and More

The LLKB allows an operator to query for malware data well-beyond IP addresses and domains. Uniquely, the LLKB indexes the strings in the memory of the malware. For example, queries can be performed against strings that have been observed in memory snapshots taken during malware executions. This run-time information can be key in determining if a malware sample is targeted to specific environments or enterprise accounts.

The LLKB helps incident responders get a full picture of the evolving threat landscape in the context of their organization. For example, they can query the LLKB using information about a new variant of Dyre to identify other related IP addresses or domains associated with similar malware. They can then proactively change rules in their existing in-line intrusion prevention system (IPS) or next-generation firewall (NGFW) security systems to ensure the right defensive countermeasures are in place. IR team members can also use the LLKB to get detailed context on malware like Carbanak to pinpoint traces of related malware within their own network using the Lastline Breach Detection Platform. The LLKB also integrates with third party tools through the Lastline Defense Program for enhanced threat intelligence sharing.

The Lastline Breach Detection Platform is based on over a decade of research and helps protect Global 2000 organizations from advanced and evasive malware. The software-based anti-malware platform also powers products and services offered by leading security providers including Barracuda, Dell SecureWorks and WatchGuard Technologies.

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About Lastline

Lastline is innovating the way companies detect active breaches caused by advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evasive malware with its software-based Breach Detection Platform. Lastline’s open architecture integrates advanced threat defenses and intelligence into existing operational workflows and security systems. Inspection of suspicious objects occurs at scale in real-time using a full-system emulation approach to sandboxing that is superior to virtual machine-based and OS emulation techniques. Lastline's technology correlates network and object analysis to achieve timely breach confirmation and incident response. Lastline was built by Anubis and Wepawet researchers and industry veterans with decades of experience focused specifically on advanced breach weaponry and tactics.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Lastline’s platform is used by global managed security service providers, Global 2000 enterprises and leading security vendors worldwide. To learn more, visit


Jeannie Hornung
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