Understanding the attack methods and techniques of bad guys provides valuable insights that can help you refine your security posture. This five-part blog series looks at attacks from a thief’s perspective and shows you how the latest security technologies can block them.
Employees Are So Helpful—Just Ask any Hacker.
Everyone must choose their battles. Take cyber-thieves, for example. Instead of going head-to-head with your security team, the bad guys would much rather test the skills of your employees. They understand that every browser window can become a front door to your organization and that the average employee isn’t as security-savvy as IT staff.
They also realize that employees are forced to make decisions on how they interact with browser-based and delivered content—all day, every day.
The deck is stacked in favor of the bad guys who use phishing emails, social engineering, and drive-by browser downloads aimed at less savvy employees. The trouble is, employees are falling for it a lot. Suspect URLs skyrocketed between 2013 and 2014, growing an astounding 87 percent. In the fourth quarter of 2014 alone, McAfee Labs predicts there were more than 23,306,000 browsers attacks.
A Different Way to Inspect Web-delivered Content
As thieves get craftier, security inspection techniques must go beyond simple signature checking and perform rapid, lightweight inspection of web-delivered content. At Intel Security, we offer the industry’s broadest range of signature-less inspection on security devices to block web-based attacks. These innovative technologies include:
– Web Content and URL Filtering capabilities help keep users safe from the dark corners of the web using global intelligence to categorize web threats based on the reputation of web documents and URLs. This first line of defense helps protect users from themselves as they unknowingly click on malicious URLs or download malware-laden documents.
– Real-time Emulation allows immediate insight into all inbound web content via the browser, and protects users during web sessions. It emulates a browser’s working environment to study the behavior of incoming files and scripts.
Learn more, about how bad guys target employees using browser attack methods—including what you can do about it. Check out the new Intel Security Tech Brief: A Thief’s Perspective on Browser Attack Methods.