Carbon Black, the leader in next-generation endpoint security, unveiled “Streaming Prevention,” a cybersecurity technology that redefines the Next-Generation Antivirus (NGAV) market by combining a breakthrough prevention model with market-leading detection and response to stop both malware and non-malware attacks.
“Streaming Prevention” is the core technology powering Cb Defense, Carbon Black’s NGAV solution, which can prevent, detect and respond to the most advanced cyber attacks, including non-malware attacks.
Non-malware attacks gain control of computers without downloading malicious software. Instead, they use trusted, native operating system tools, such as PowerShell, and exploit running applications, such as browsers, to “live off the land.” These attacks pose a bigger risk than malware attacks because they are harder to detect and cause more damage. Virtually every organization was targeted by such an attack in 2016, according to Carbon Black research.
In protecting against non-malware attacks, “Streaming Prevention” is a fundamentally different approach to endpoint prevention than taken by Cylance, McAfee, Symantec and other antivirus (AV) vendors.
Carbon Black’s “Streaming Prevention” technology can prevent both malware and non-malware attacks by leveraging event stream processing, the same technology that revolutionized algorithmic day-trading. Similar to algorithmic day-trading applications, “Streaming Prevention” continuously updates a risk profile based on a steady stream of computer activity. When multiple, potentially malicious events occur in succession, “Streaming Prevention” blocks the attack.
This breakthrough in prevention leapfrogs machine-learning AV, which focuses exclusively on files and does nothing to target an attacker’s behaviors, which often include leveraging trusted applications to “live off the land” to remain undetected.
Legacy AV solutions and static, machine-learning approaches focus on detecting malware at the point-in-time it is written or executes. In contrast, “Streaming Prevention” empowers security teams to see and stop a cyber attack at any point during the attack cycle, well before a system can be compromised.
Cb Defense customer, Fuli Chavez, Sr. Security Operations Analyst at DA Davidson: “‘Streaming Prevention’ is a game-changing technology. By combining NGAV with market-leading detection and response technologies into a single agent, Cb Defense protects our organization from the most advanced cyber attacks, including non-malware attacks. The solution can be deployed within minutes from the cloud or management systems and is virtually invisible to our end-users.”
“Carbon Black is continuously innovating to stay at the forefront of cybersecurity, and we have a long history of helping organizations all over the globe protect their endpoints,” said Patrick Morley, Carbon Black’s president and chief executive officer. “‘Streaming Prevention’ marks a significant breakthrough in the NGAV market. With Cb Defense, our customers can confidently replace legacy antivirus and achieve a level of endpoint protection that redefines what it means to be ‘safe.’”