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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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The SIEM Evaluator's Guide
sponsored by AlienVault
WHITE PAPER: This guide takes a look at the current trends in security management and how an effective SIEM strategy can help you ensure security.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 04 Mar 2014

AlienVault

Big Threats for Small Businesses
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: Data breaches are bad for business, but it can mean the end for small firms. This guide takes a look at today's threat landscape and explores cybercrime trends towards small and midsize businesses.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Once More Into the Breach: The Top 10 Mistakes Incident Responders Make Combatting Advanced Threats
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores 10 common mistakes businesses make when planning their security strategy.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Thinking Locally, Targeted Globally: New Security Challenges for State and Local Governments
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: In a world where cybercrime is growing in complexity and frequency, you don't have room for system vulnerabilities. This guide explores the current role of APTs in and how you can combat these advanced attacks.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Symantec Intelligence Report - January 2014
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This in-depth analysis explores the current threat landscape, the most common security threats, and how you can prevent them.
Posted: 03 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Symantec Corporation

The FireEye Advantage: A New Security Approach for Today’s Advanced Attacks
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: The rapidly evolving threat landscape has rendered many traditional security tools obsolete and IT departments are left with questions on what to do next. This guide explores several security architectures and helps you decide which one is best for your organization.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Advanced Attacks Require Federal Agencies to Reimagine IT Security
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide outlines the malware "kill-chain" model used in many of today's cyber-attacks and how these can overwhelm traditional security tools.
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 | Published: 27 Feb 2014

FireEye

Supply Chain Analysis: From Quartermaster to Sunshop
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This in-depth guide explores the current threat landscape and the role of APTs. Read now for more information on how APTs are being used for wide-scale cybercrime campaigns.
Posted: 27 Feb 2014 | Published: 27 Feb 2014

FireEye

Integrated IT Security for Midsize Businesses
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores security management strategies and how to combat the growth of sophisticated threats.
Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Oct 2013

IBM

12 Things Effective Intrusion Prevention Systems Should Do
sponsored by Dell, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Uncover the top 12 features and functions that your intrusion prevention system (IPS) needs in order to defend against today's stealthy threats. Read on now to see if your organization is at risk.
Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Dell, Inc.

Citizens National Bank of Texas Increases Advanced Cyber Attack Protection with FireEye
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: With cyber-attacks growing in regularity and complexity, many businesses have to go the extra mile to protect their sensitive data. This case study takes a look at one company's success when implementing a Web-based malware protection system.
Posted: 26 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Information Risk: Managing Digital Assets in a new Technology Landscape
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Limited
WHITE PAPER: This in-depth report outlines the current threat landscape, different types of risks, and what you can do to prevent devastating cyber-attacks.
Posted: 25 Feb 2014 | Published: 25 Feb 2014

Hewlett-Packard Limited

The 2014 Endpoint Security Buyers Guide
sponsored by Lumension
WHITE PAPER: This exceptional endpoint security buyer's guide provides clear buying criteria for solutions in anti-malware, mobility, and BYOD. Additionally, scan over 10 questions you should ask when buying this new technology.
Posted: 21 Feb 2014 | Published: 16 Aug 2013

Lumension

Preventing Weaponized Malware Payload in Advanced Persistent Threats: Strategies for Layered Endpoint Defense Against the APT Kill Chain
sponsored by Lumension
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores a solution through a defense-in-depth approach to endpoint security that will help bolster your security posture including: antivirus, device control, hard-drive and media encryption, and more.
Posted: 21 Feb 2014 | Published: 04 Feb 2013

Lumension

The Future of Web Security: 10 Things Every Web Application Firewall Should Provide
sponsored by Imperva
WHITE PAPER: This guide takes a look at 10 things that every web application firewall should provide.
Posted: 19 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

Imperva

It’s Time for Enterprises to Secure Mac Computers
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores the importance of protecting your Macs with endpoint security software and outlines how malware and advanced persistent threats look to infiltrate your operating systems.
Posted: 18 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Symantec Corporation

Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores a unique enterprise endpoint protection platform that encompasses a multitude of security tools.
Posted: 14 Feb 2014 | Published: 08 Jan 2014

Symantec Corporation

Are your DNS Servers as Secure and Available as the Rest of Your Network?
sponsored by Infoblox
WHITE PAPER: Did you know that DNS is probably a hole in your security? Fortunately, this white paper gives you information about how to protect your servers. Read on to learn what you can do to protect your organization.
Posted: 03 Dec 2013 | Published: 30 Sep 2013

Infoblox

Five Stages of a Web Malware Attack
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Access this resource to explore the 5 stages of web malware attacks, along with a checklist of what your web security solution needs in order to provide reliable, layered protection to prevent data theft.
Posted: 20 Nov 2013 | Published: 20 Nov 2013

Sophos, Inc.

Why Passwords Aren't Strong Enough
sponsored by RSA, The Security Division of EMC
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, uncover the urgent need for strong authentication, and how investing in one-time password technology will not only keep your assets protect, but also deliver high ROI in the long-run.
Posted: 18 Nov 2013 | Published: 31 Jan 2011

RSA, The Security Division of EMC

Internet Security Census 2013
sponsored by Fortinet, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores key survey findings regarding increased workplace mobility and how security threats are targeted toward various mobile endpoints.
Posted: 28 Feb 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

Fortinet, Inc.

Knowledge is Power: The Symantec Guide to Protecting your Website
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores the importance of securing your system, overcoming any vulnerabilities and how this can help you maintain consumer confidence.
Posted: 30 Jan 2014 | Published: 30 Jan 2014

Symantec Corporation

Deep Security as a Service: Cloud Security for Amazon Web Services (AWS)
sponsored by Trend Micro
WHITE PAPER: Access this white paper to unveil a deep security as a service option that offers scalable protection for the cloud's elastic environment. Click now to see how to get maximum value out of your cloud investment.
Posted: 16 Dec 2013 | Published: 16 Dec 2013

Trend Micro

Information Security Emagazine: Best Practices for the Evolving Threat Landscape
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Limited
WHITE PAPER: In this security emagazine, discover a variety of resources that offer exclusive best practices on how to boost security strategies to address the rise in cyber threats.
Posted: 02 Dec 2013 | Published: 02 Dec 2013

Hewlett-Packard Limited

Emerging Security Trends and Risks: Insights for the Business Executive
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This report identifies key emerging cyber-threats, detailing why IT managers need to create proactive security intelligence capabilities, unified endpoint management, data protection, and social guidance to best prepare for today's evolving threat landscape.
Posted: 15 Nov 2013 | Published: 30 Jun 2012

IBM
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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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