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DEFINITION: Polymorphic malware is harmful, destructive or intrusive computer software such as a virus, worm, Trojan or spyware that constantly changes ("morphs"), making it difficult to detect with anti-malware programs. Evolution of the malicious code can occur in a variety of ways such as filename changes, compression and encryption with variable keys.Although the appearance of the code in polymorphic malware  … 
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2018 Threat Predictions
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: As technology continues to evolve, there is a growing criminal element looking to exploit new opportunities the digital society brings. This white paper reveals predictions regarding the future threat landscape, offers insight into specific threats, and provides mitigation tactics to enhance security.
Posted: 13 Dec 2017 | Published: 13 Dec 2017

Fortinet, Inc.

Internet Security Threat Profile in Numbers
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: Which industries receive the most email attacks, including malware, phishing and spam?
Posted: 05 Dec 2017 | Published: 05 Dec 2017

Symantec

Email Threats: An ISTR Special Report
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: According to the ISTR Email Threats Report, approximately 8,000 businesses each month are targeted by BEC scams. Explore this ISTR Special Report to uncover staggering email threat statistics, including insight into emails infected with malware, spambots, spam, and more.
Posted: 01 Dec 2017 | Published: 01 Dec 2017

Symantec

Veeam's 3-2-1 System for Countering Ransomware
sponsored by Veeam Software
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, learn about the 3-2-1 principle of backup, as well as a system which is built around this strategy to deliver comprehensive ransomware protection by providing tight integration with industry leading storage vendors, WAN acceleration and encryption, and more.
Posted: 27 Nov 2017 | Published: 31 May 2017

Veeam Software

How to Handle a Ransom Driven DDoS Attack
sponsored by Corero Network Security
WHITE PAPER: Corero found that in the first quarter of 2017, their customers experienced an average of 4 DDoS attacks attempts per day. This step-by-step guide offers strategies to protecting against DDoS attacks and the rising ransom-driven DDoS attacks.
Posted: 27 Nov 2017 | Published: 27 Nov 2017

Corero Network Security

The Hunt for IoT
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: 30.6 million IoT brute force attacks were launched from January 1 to June 30 2017. This white paper provides an analysis of data collected pertaining to the rise of thingbots across the globe, specifically focusing on the Mirai and Persirai bots containing destructive malware.
Posted: 21 Nov 2017 | Published: 21 Nov 2017

F5 Networks

The Evolving Risk Landscape
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: There was nearly a 22% increase in attacks on web applications from 2016 to 2017. While apps have increased productivity, they have also opened the door to unprecedented threats, expanding the risk landscape and putting corporate data at risk. This e-book offers a guide to protecting against web fraud, credential stuffing, ransomware, and phishing.
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 | Published: 20 Nov 2017

F5 Networks

The Hunt for IoT
sponsored by F5 Networks
WHITE PAPER: 30.6 million IoT brute force attacks were launched from January 1 to June 30 2017, according to F5 Labs. This report provides an analysis of data collected pertaining to the rise of thingbots in Europe, specifically focusing on the Mirai and Persirai bots containing destructive malware.
Posted: 20 Nov 2017 | Published: 20 Nov 2017

F5 Networks

Protecting the Financial Services Organization
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Click inside to learn how cyberattacks have grown and changed over the past several years. Discover best practices already in place in financial service firms that you can bring back to your organization.
Posted: 17 Nov 2017 | Published: 30 Jun 2017

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Busting the Myth of the Malware "Silver Bullet"
sponsored by McAfee, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Malware is continuing to evolve, and the next generation of it is requiring us to adopt next-level defenses. Unfortunately, there is no "silver bullet" to protect you from the lurking malware-wolf. Access this white paper to learn how to create a layered defense with complimentary tools that work in unison to fight malware threats.
Posted: 16 Nov 2017 | Published: 28 Feb 2017

McAfee, Inc.

Discover an Advanced Cloud-Based Threat Prevention Suite
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Inside this tech overview, learn about Sky Advanced Threat Prevention, a cloud-based service with features built to adapt to the ever-changing threat landscape and fend off today's ransomware and DDoS attacks.
Posted: 16 Nov 2017 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Top Cybercrime Threats to Financial Institutions
sponsored by Digital Shadows
WHITE PAPER: The most prevalent cybercrime threats against financial institutions are: the use or sale of ATM malware, targeted network intrusions, data breaches and the use of banking Trojans. Take a look at this white paper to learn more about these financial threats that stem from cybercriminals.
Posted: 13 Nov 2017 | Published: 13 Nov 2017

Digital Shadows

The Need for Automotive Cybersecurity Testing Standards
sponsored by Synopsys
WHITE PAPER: Most organizations creating connected systems and devices today spend a considerable amount of time looking at security issues, but often lack a standard framework for testing security. Uncover the importance of developing standards for validating and verifying security.
Posted: 08 Nov 2017 | Published: 08 Nov 2017

Synopsys

Peak Retail Season Threats to Look for
sponsored by Booz Allen Hamilton
WHITE PAPER: During the holiday season, cybercriminals prepare attacks on retailers everywhere in the hopes the retailers will pay ransom to ensure their websites are running smoothly for peak holiday hours. This threat report reveals the top threats ranked by security and likelihood that websites will face during peak retail season.
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 | Published: 06 Nov 2017

Booz Allen Hamilton

Outsmarting Malware
sponsored by Juniper Networks, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Learn about how you can combine adaptable machine learning algorithms with anti-malware technologies to give you the edge over evolving cyber-threats.
Posted: 06 Nov 2017 | Published: 30 Nov 2016

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Top-of-Mind Threats and Their Impact on Endpoint Security Decisions
sponsored by Cylance
WHITE PAPER: According to this ESG report, 91% of cybersecurity professionals express the greatest concern over the threat posed by email phishing. Explore this report to learn how to protect your organization's endpoints against cyberattacks with specific defense strategies, including machine learning.
Posted: 01 Nov 2017 | Published: 01 Nov 2017

Cylance

Next-Generation Anti-Malware Testing for Dummies
sponsored by Cylance
WHITE PAPER: Inside this Next-Generation Anti-Malware Testing for Dummies e-book, learn about next-generation endpoint security techniques and how you can use machine learning and AI to protect against advanced persistent threats.
Posted: 31 Oct 2017 | Published: 31 Oct 2017

Cylance

Five Reasons to Reevaluate Your Current Backup Approach
sponsored by Acronis
WHITE PAPER: By downloading this resource, you'll discover 5 reasons you may need to reevaluate your current backup approach. Read on to see a platform that enables instant recovery from ransomware, supports all major hypervisors, and more.
Posted: 27 Oct 2017 | Published: 27 Oct 2017

Acronis

From HummingBad to Worse: The History of the Yingmob
sponsored by Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.
WHITE PAPER: Inside, learn about the malware known as HummingBad, the main tool of the Chinese cybercriminal group Yingmob. Find out what damage this malware can do, how it went global, and more.
Posted: 18 Oct 2017 | Published: 30 Dec 2016

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Anti-Virus Comparative
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: Malicious software poses an ever-increasing threat, not only because the number of malware programs are increasing, but also due to the continuously changing threat-landscape. Uncover results from the Malware Protection Test and the Exploit Test to compare 7 endpoint security vendors.
Posted: 16 Oct 2017 | Published: 31 Oct 2016

Symantec

Symantec™ Cloud Generation Malware Analysis
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: Hackers continue to show endless ingenuity in penetrating corporate networks with malware, which means organizations need to fight back harder than ever. By reading this white paper, you'll learn more about defeating malware.
Posted: 13 Oct 2017 | Published: 13 Oct 2017

Symantec

Mobile Malware in the UK
sponsored by Lookout
WHITE PAPER: The average malware infection on a mobile device costs £6,400. With the rise of employees using mobile devices for work, companies need to be aware of the high cost and vulnerability of malware attacks. This white paper offers a malware case study to help organizations fight back against mobile threats.
Posted: 13 Oct 2017 | Published: 13 Oct 2017

Lookout

The Next Generation of Cloud App Security
sponsored by Symantec
WHITE PAPER: By 2020, 85% of large enterprises will use a cloud access security broker (CASB) platform for their cloud services which is up from less than 5% today, according to Gartner. This white paper offers benefits of CASB and how to increase efficacy, avoid incidents and more.
Posted: 06 Oct 2017 | Published: 06 Oct 2017

Symantec

Sophos Phish Threat
sponsored by Sophos
WHITE PAPER: Look at this white paper to learn how to automate defense education for your users with routine campaigns, training, follow-up and reporting.
Posted: 03 Oct 2017 | Published: 03 Oct 2017

Sophos

A Primer on File-Borne Malware Threats
sponsored by OPSWAT inc
WHITE PAPER: Verizon's 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 66% of malware was installed via malicious email attachments. In this white paper, examine the ways attackers use files to deliver malware, the reasons these methods are effective, and the steps organizations should take to block these kinds of attacks.
Posted: 02 Oct 2017 | Published: 02 Oct 2017

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MALWARE DEFINITION (continued): …  varies with each "mutation," the essential function usually remains the same. For example, a spyware program intended to act as a keylogger will continue to perform that function even though its signature changes. If the malicious program is discovered by an anti-malware vendor and its signature is added to a downloadable database, the anti-malware program will fail to detect the rogue code after the signature has changed, just as if a new virus, worm, Trojan or spyware program has emerged. In this way, malware creators gain an advantage over countermeasure developers.The best method … 
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