Security Layer 9
COMBATS: PROCESSOR THREATS | SIDE-CHANNEL ATTACKS
The most disturbing vulnerabilities — and potentially future attack
vectors — are occurring at the processor level. Advanced side-channel
threats, like MDS, Spoiler, Spectre, Meltdown, Foreshadow and
PortSmash, are shifting the cyber war to an entirely new arena, which
is extremely difficult to monitor or patch.
Soon, advanced organizations (e.g., governments, nation-states)
could exploit processor vulnerabilities to access credentials and
cryptography keys, potentially providing cyber-attackers administrative
access to full systems, networks or devices.
Innovative security vendors offer advanced deep memory inspection
technology that identifies and stops both malicious PDFs and Office
files, but also defends against advanced processor-based attacks.
For example, SonicWall Real-Time Deep Memory InspectionTM (RTDMI)
provides CPU-level instruction detection granularity (unlike typical
behavior-based systems, which have only API/system call-level
granularity) to detect malware variants that contain exploit code
targeting processor vulnerabilities, including MDS, Spoiler, PortSmash,
Foreshadow and more.
RTDMI protects organizations from processor and side-channels
attacks and is included as a part of the SonicWall Capture Advanced
Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service. The table on the next page
outlines the speed in which RTDMI detected these advanced threats.
See how the experts at CisCom can help you with this and more!
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