Sourcefire launches malware analytics tool

Powered by SC Magazine
 

Contains forensics capabilities.

Sourcefire has launched a malware discovery and analysis solution that uses big data analytics.

FireAMP was designed for large enterprises and was born from Sourcefire's acquisition of Immunet last year.

Sourcefire senior vice-president Oliver Friedrichs cloud technology group, said anti-virus vendors generate up to from 10,000 signatures a day making security a big data problem.

"FireAMP's discovery and analysis capabilities can help these companies determine which systems are infected, how the infection occurred, the extent of the infection and how the malware behaves in order to both stop the malware and recover," Friedrichs said.

“Advanced malware is a new threat so it is about how you address it, while visibility and control are very important. It needs to be dynamic and you need to know if you have a problem and who was first infected and how.”

The program takes  data and stores it in the cloud "in a type of black-box recorder" so future files and activity can be compared. “Now you will have all data for the enterprise, [know] how it got in, what it is and what it did. Otherwise you would spend 24 or 48 hours looking,” he said.

“You can have a detection engine that is better than anti-virus, but there is nothing that will stop everything. This is intended to diagnose what happened after the event. You can determine the core problem of what was causing the threat and find the malware on the system.”

He added that FireAMP has forensic capabilities.

FireAMP uses an agent to communicate with a cloud-based analysis engine, and only leverages metadata for evaluation.

Asked if Sourcefire's intention was to step into the ‘second security layer' sector, Friedrichs said that most of the focus in that sector is on advanced malware, but they detect at the gateway and cannot remove threats from the network; he said users have to be able to analyse the system and remove malware.

This article originally appeared at scmagazineuk.com

Copyright © SC Magazine, UK edition


Sourcefire launches malware analytics tool
 
 
 
Top Stories
Coalition's NBN cost-benefit study finds in favour of MTM
FTTP costs too much, would take too long.
 
Who'd have picked a BlackBerry for the Internet of Things?
[Blog] BlackBerry has a more secure future in the physical world.
 
Will Nutanix be outflanked before reaching IPO?
VMware muscles in on storage startup in hyper-converged infrastructure.
 
 
Sign up to receive iTnews email bulletins
   FOLLOW US...
Latest Comments
Polls
Which is the most prevalent cyber attack method your organisation faces?




   |   View results
Phishing and social engineering
  69%
 
Advanced persistent threats
  3%
 
Unpatched or unsupported software vulnerabilities
  11%
 
Denial of service attacks
  6%
 
Insider threats
  10%
TOTAL VOTES: 645

Vote