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Sourcefire anti-malware appliance aims to stop APTs in their tracks

25 Feb 2013
Flame in monitor screen

Security firm Sourcefire has released a dedicated Advanced Malware Protection (AMP) appliance it claims can protect companies from sophisticated network malware.

The AMP appliance is built on the firm's FirePower platform, and is designed to add further continuous file analysis, retrospective security, malware detection and blocking features.

Sourcefire claimed the tool does this by adding forensic fingerprints to files that can be used to track file movements and identify the targets of advanced attacks.

The appliance integrates with Sourcefire's enterprise-class advanced malware analysis and protection FireAmp solution, the firm said.

It's powered by Sourcefire's big data analytics too, and connects companies to Sourcefire's online cloud network.

This network collates and shares information about known malware between the company's clients to offer a fast alert and cyber response service.

Sourcefire claimed the network is connected to millions of end points, making it one of the most comprehensive security information services in the world.

The firm said the combination of services will offer companies unmatched visibility across their network, letting them dynamically see how malware enters, infects and moves thus letting them intelligently respond to the threat.

Sourcefire founder and interim chief executive officer Martin Roesch said the tool will help companies deal with advanced cyber threats like Flame.

"Networks are constantly evolving and expanding and attackers are taking advantage of any gaps to permeate a network and accomplish their mission," said Roesch.

"Thwarting attacks isn't just about blocking but also about using retrospective security to mitigate the impact once an attacker gets in.

"Sourcefire's threat-centric approach to security gives organisations continuous visibility, analysis and control across their environment and along the full attack continuum - before, during and after an attack."

Flame was an advanced cyber spying tool detected targeting Iranian networks in late 2012.

Sourcefire is one of many companies to warn businesses that they must implement more robust network monitoring tools if they want to defend themselves from hackers.

BAE Systems recently told V3 that firms' current lack of knowledge regarding what's going on in their systems is giving hackers an advantage, by letting them shift tactics whenever they are uncovered.

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Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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