The State of Advanced Malware: October #SecChat

Advanced malware is targeted, stealthy, evasive, and adaptive – and it’s only getting worse. According to McAfee research, advanced malware shows no sign of changing its steady growth trajectory. It will continue to evolve as a new class of complex threats that can only be fought with an arsenal of layered, integrated defenses. Organizations can no longer rely on traditional security solutions to protect their digital assets. But what can they do?

Earlier this month, McAfee unveiled Advanced Threat Defense, the newest addition to our Security Connected portfolio. McAfee ATD combines sandboxing with the leading McAfee anti-malware engine, anti-virus technology, and global reputation feeds to create the most complete approach to advanced malware detection available.

The goal of these sophisticated threats is usually to infiltrate hosts in networks and steal valuable data, causing entire organizations to be compromised. These attacks are engineered to evade traditional security tools, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems and antivirus protection. The threats are extremely stealthy and designed to reside on a system for prolonged periods of time. With the addition of Advanced Threat Defense to the McAfee security portfolio, McAfee addresses the three key requirements to solve today’s advanced malware problem: find, freeze, and fix.

Did you know?

  • 81% of people say that advanced malware is a major concern at their company.
  • 74% of people say that attacks on their organizations are more complex and sophisticated than 2 years ago.
  • 35% of people spend more than 10 hours per week addressing advanced malware.
  • Nearly 50% of people have limited expertise and resources to handle the attacks.


So how do we protect our organizations from advanced malware attacks? What can be done to curb the increasingly complex technologies attempting to infiltrate our machines? That’s the topic for discussion in this month’s #SecChat.

Please join us next Thursday, October 31st at 11am PT to discuss “The State of Advanced Malware.” The thought-leader participating in October’s #SecChat will be Richard Stiennon (@Stiennon), former VP Research at Gartner and author of “UP and to the RIGHT: Strategy and Tactics of Analyst Influence.”

All members of the Twitter community are welcome to to join. When it comes time to tune in, follow the steps below to participate:

  • Search for the #SecChat hashtag (using Twitter, or a Twitter client like and watch the real-time stream.
  • Follow @McAfeeBusiness. We’ll get the conversation started by posing a few questions to participants.
  • Tweet your reactions, questions, and replies to the chat, making sure to tag all your tweets with the #SecChat hashtag along the way!
  • Direct questions around #SecChat to @McAfeeBusiness on Twitter.

Finally, to mark your calendars, RSVP to our twtvite and make sure to tune into our pre-chat webinar “Lessons on Advanced Malware” on 10/30, cohosted with Gartner.

We look forward to seeing you in the #SecChat stream.


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