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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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Creating a Powerful Anti-Malware Defense
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In today's high-risk cybercrime environment, anti-malware and anti-exploit software need to be implemented on top of basic anti-virus. Read this white paper to learn more about successfully doing so.
Posted: 07 May 2015 | Published: 07 May 2015


Endpoint Security for Today's Cyber Risks
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how you can create layered endpoint security with the combination of anti-malware and anti-exploit software.
Posted: 07 May 2015 | Published: 07 May 2015


Network Security 3 Phase Framework
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines a simple three phase framework for protecting data and defending against concealed threats. View now to learn how this strategy keeps you ahead of the curve to prevent new attacks.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 29 Apr 2015

Fortinet, Inc.

Web-App Firewall: Protecting against DoS/DDoS Attacks
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper examines why traditional firewalls are insufficient to defend against malicious botnet attacks and how to rethink your security strategy.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 28 Dec 2012

Fortinet, Inc.

Think Like a Bad Guy: Understanding Advanced Threats and How to Mitigate Them
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: Increasingly, today's advanced threats circumvent traditional defenses—even sandboxing. This SlashGuide white paper helps you understand advanced threats and how to defend against them.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 31 Jan 2015

Hewlett-Packard Company

Survey Shows Plenty of Room for Improvement in IT Security
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: A new survey from IDG Research Services reveals that most organizations lack confidence in their security defenses. Read this report to learn why, and how you can build security that's worth having confidence in.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 06 May 2015

Hewlett-Packard Company

Infographic: What is Malvertising?
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this infographic, learn all you need to know about malvertising and how to stop it.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 06 May 2015


An Inside View of a Zero-Day Campaign
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper follows one real-life zero-day attack, detailing how the attack entered the network, what parts of the network it infiltrated, and how it was eventually mitigated.
Posted: 06 May 2015 | Published: 06 May 2015


17 Security Products Tested for Malware Removal and Repair
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This white paper presents the results of a series of independent tests on seventeen different anti-malware products.
Posted: 05 May 2015 | Published: 05 May 2015


How Anti-Exploit Software Stops Malware Early
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This brief white paper explains the concept of anti-exploit technology and discusses its capabilities.
Posted: 05 May 2015 | Published: 05 May 2015


An Inside View of a Zero-Day Campaign
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This article gets you inside the workings of a zero-day attack by giving you a step-by-step look at one that occurred just a few months ago.
Posted: 05 May 2015 | Published: 21 Apr 2015


Sandbox and Secure Email Gateway - Security Dynamic Duo
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover how SEGs are evolving to deliver additional layers of protection against hackers and how sandboxing, when used concurrently, can inspect harmful emails that reside within the grey area between white and black lists. View now to learn how to prevent APTs from reaching an end user.
Posted: 05 May 2015 | Published: 29 Apr 2015

Fortinet, Inc.

Survey Results: Endpoint Security in a Time of Uncertainty
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this survey report, find statistics on the most common endpoint security threats faced, what protections are being leveraged, and more.
Posted: 05 May 2015 | Published: 05 May 2015


Network Vulnerabilities Defended: Fighting Today’s Advanced Attacks
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This white paper reveals the three phase strategy to defending your network against determined cybercriminals.  Read on to take a look into hackers' minds and learn how to improve data protection.
Posted: 04 May 2015 | Published: 22 Apr 2015

Fortinet, Inc.

Cybersecurity Trends of 2015: A View from the Front Lines
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: In today's dangerous threat landscape, the only way to stay secure is to know what you're up against. In this cybersecurity report, find essential information on today's latest security trends.
Posted: 04 May 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

FireEye

Anti-Exploit Tools: The Next Wave of Enterprise Security
sponsored by Malwarebytes Corporation
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover the shortcomings of traditional preventative security approaches and what you can do to move beyond them.
Posted: 01 May 2015 | Published: 01 May 2015


Protect your Employees and Data from Advanced Malware Attacks in Real-Time.
sponsored by Dell, Inc. and Intel®
WHITE PAPER: This white paper outlines a new approach to malware prevention that protects data and users from employee targeted attacks. Find out how this three step approach to malware prevention can give you the most advanced endpoint protection for your organization.
Posted: 29 Apr 2015 | Published: 29 Apr 2015

Dell, Inc. and Intel®

Examining the Current Cyber Risks
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: With attacks no longer a question of "if" but "when," it's crucial to know what your enemies are up to. This white paper examines the prevalent vulnerabilities in organizations today, how hackers are exploiting them, and which tools they are using to get the job done.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Feb 2015

Hewlett-Packard Company

Today's Top Security Risks Revealed
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: This extensive white paper explores the current state of security threats that organizations are up against. Read on to learn how to prepare and strengthen defenses against evolving attacks.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Published: 15 Apr 2015

Hewlett-Packard Company

Dell Data Protection: Protected Workspace, Preventing Malware Attacks
sponsored by Dell, Inc. & Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to learn how application virtualization can be used to create a protective barrier around applications that employees use that run untrusted content. Find out the steps involved in this process and how this can prevent attackers from ultimately gaining access to endpoints.
Posted: 28 Apr 2015 | Published: 28 Jun 2013

Dell, Inc. & Intel®

Evolve or Die: Security Adaptation in a Virtual World
sponsored by BitDefender
WHITE PAPER: This white paper describes and suggests solutions for some of the biggest issues in virtualization security.
Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

BitDefender

Securing the Virtual Infrastructure without Impacting Performance
sponsored by BitDefender
WHITE PAPER: This white paper discusses some of the most common security pitfalls found in virtualized environments and suggests ways to avoid them.
Posted: 27 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2014

BitDefender

Critical Factors to Endpoint Security
sponsored by Dell, Inc. & Intel®
WHITE PAPER: Endpoints are the new security perimeter, and this means rethinking your endpoint security. This white paper will help you do so.
Posted: 24 Apr 2015 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Dell, Inc. & Intel®

It's Time to Identify and Confront Today's Data Center Security Challenges
sponsored by VMware
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, you will learn how to detect, isolate, and block dynamic threats with a granular security approach from inside your data center. Access now to learn why network security is a good start and how to enhance it.
Posted: 23 Apr 2015 | Published: 29 Dec 2014

VMware

Layered Cyber Defenses for Better Security
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: View this webcast to learn how to evolve your cyber security strategy into a four phase process to stop APT attacks. Read on now to learn the 12 critical capabilities of an adaptive protection process and how to move beyond a reactive architecture to an always-on monitoring model.
Posted: 22 Apr 2015 | Published: 04 Jun 2014

Hewlett-Packard Company
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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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