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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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State of Security Operations
sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company
WHITE PAPER: With businesses recognizing the need for further investment in cyber-defense, it is essential to figure out which tools and strategies are best for your organization. Read now and find out more about the current state of security operations in 2014.
Posted: 14 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

Hewlett-Packard Company

Detecting Sophisticated Online Attacks with Streaming Analytics
sponsored by EMC Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Discover how RSA Web Threat Detection delivers actionable intelligence by leveraging big data to correlate anomalies and detect online threats in real time.
Posted: 13 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

EMC Corporation

Attacks on Point of Sales Systems
sponsored by Symantec Corporation
WHITE PAPER: Identity theft is one of the most common forms of cybercrime, and your Point of Sale (POS) system is especially vulnerable to this attack type. This in-depth guide explores how cybercriminals use malware to steal credit card information at the POS.
Posted: 11 Mar 2014 | Published: 11 Mar 2014

Symantec Corporation

How Data Centers are Becoming Unwitting Accomplices in Advanced Cyber Attacks
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This white paper explores the widening gap between the offensive capabilities of today's cyber attackers and the weak traditional defenses deployed in most data centers.
Posted: 10 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

SANS WhatWorks in Detecting and Blocking Advanced Threats: A Real Case Study at a Large Research Organization
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: Cybercriminals are always looking for new ways to infiltrate your system, making it essential to have an effective intrusion prevention system (IPS). This white paper explores one company's IPS platform and how it can greatly enhance your system security.
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 06 Mar 2014

FireEye

Advantage FireEye Debunking the Myth of Sandbox Security White Paper
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide debunks the myth of effective sandbox security and outlines inefficiencies within this popular strategy.
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

What can you do differently to guard against threats from rapidly evolving mobile malware?
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This must-see white paper discusses the emerging and evolving risks associated with mobile computing and applications. Also inside, find insight to help you effectively address mobile vulnerabilities.
Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

IBM

Defending Against Malware: A Holistic Approach to One of Today's Biggest IT Risks
sponsored by IBM
WHITE PAPER: This white paper offers background on today's malware and its 4 predictable steps. Click through to discover a set of integrated solutions that offer improved visibility and defense to block advanced attacks.
Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Jan 2014

IBM

Today's New Breed of Email-based Cyber Attacks - and What it Takes to Defend Against Them
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores how email-based cyber-attacks aim to subvert your security tools and steal your valuable business data.
Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Poison Ivy: Assessing Damage and Extracting Intelligence
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores the current threat landscape and more specifically Poison Ivy, a remote access tool that has been used in several high-profile malware campaigns. Read on to learn which tools you need to defend yourself from this form of cybercrime.
Posted: 05 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

Hot Knives Through Butter: Evading File-based Sandboxes
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: This guide explores new strategies for thwarting malware-based cyber-attacks and how traditional security measures just don't do the trick.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 04 Mar 2014

FireEye

Digital Bread Crumbs – Seven Clues To Identifying Who’s Behind Advanced Cyber Attacks
sponsored by FireEye
WHITE PAPER: When establishing your security strategy, the ability to recognize who your attackers are and how they work is essential. This guide uncovers various facets of malware attacks and what they reveal about the culprit.
Posted: 04 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2013

FireEye

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

EFT Server to Replace USB for SCADA; EFT Server Enterprise Helps to Reduce Risks through Multi-Zone Architecture
sponsored by GlobalScape
WHITE PAPER: This whitepaper explains that USB drives have been used to transport viruses and malware, both on purpose and accidentally.
Posted: 06 Mar 2014 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

GlobalScape

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.
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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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