Check Point has launched a Threat Extraction service that it claims offers 100 percent accurate, real-time protection against documents containing malware.
Noam Green, Check Point product manager, told V3 that the service uses a new technology that reconstructs incoming files and removes any malicious elements in the process.
"Threat Extraction is a new approach that pre-emptively reconstructs files to provide 100 percent malware-free documents, protecting organisations against old and new malware variants at sub one-second speed," he said.
"Threat Extraction pre-emptively reconstructs documents to remove active content and various forms of embedded objects which can be potentially used by malware.
"This can be done by reconstructing the document either into the form of a PDF or a reconstructed document in the original file format."
Green explained that the tool protects against "next generation" threats capable of bypassing signature-based solutions.
"Threat Extraction has been developed because the majority of malware attacks start with infected documents, and traditional approaches do not provide 100 percent protection," he said.
"Conventional antivirus is fast, but only catches known malware at 93 percent accuracy. Sandboxing identifies new malware and APTs, but can take three to 79 minutes per document and provides 95 percent accuracy."
Malicious files are a problem facing businesses of all sizes. Recent high-profile campaigns, including Desert Falcons, Carbanak and Equation, used targeted phishing messages with malicious attachments to initially infect victims.
Check Point has yet to reveal the price of Threat Extraction, although Green said that it will be open to small to medium sized businesses as well as enterprise firms.
"Final costing is still to be disclosed, but Threat Extraction is suitable for all industries and sectors," he said.
"Cyber criminals don't discriminate and will target any organisation that holds valuable assets and information. By closing as many vectors as possible businesses can substantially mitigate the risk of being breached."
Threat Extraction's release follows wider concerns in the security community that traditional anti-virus solutions are failing.
Experts cited the discovery of three Adobe Flash zero-day vulnerabilities in February as proof that legacy, signature-based solutions do not work.
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