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    Malware Today

    Malware, or malicious software, is software that attempts to gain access to a computer without the owner’s knowledge. There are many types of malware, such as rootkit, ransomware, spyware and bots. One of the many goals of malware is to infiltrate a rich target where it can carry out a wide range of undetected malicious activities over months or years, including data theft, espionage, and disruption or destruction of infrastructure and processes. Although methods vary, the commonality of these specialized attacks is that they are created to avoid detection by mainstream security technologies, such as antivirus, firewalls, and content inspection gateways.

    The threat landscape has evolved. Malware started out as experiments or pranks but has recently become widespread and sophisticated. Attackers have migrated from using broad, unfocused tactics and are now creating specialized malware, intended for a select target or groups of targets, with the ultimate goal of becoming embedded in the target’s infrastructure. Preliminary results published by Symantec suggest that “the release rate of malicious code and other unwanted programs may be exceeding that of legitimate software applications.”

    With the emergence of these specialized threats, a new category of security has also emerged with the purpose of detecting, analyzing, and preventing advanced threats that are able to avoid more detection by the more traditional security methods. Juniper Network’s solution for preventing advanced and emerging threats is Sky Advanced Threat Prevention (Sky ATP), a cloud-based anti-malware solution for SRX Series devices.

    Modified: 2016-09-14