Welcome!

Cognitive Computing Authors: Elizabeth White, Pat Romanski, Liz McMillan, Yeshim Deniz, Harry Trott

News Feed Item

NSS Labs Announces Analyst Coverage and New Group Test for Breach Detection Systems

NSS Labs Predicts the BDS Market to Reach $1 Billion by 2018

AUSTIN, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- NSS Labs today announced initiation of coverage and the launch of a new group test for breach detection systems (BDS). BDS is an emerging group of security solutions focused on detecting of intrusions caused by targeted persistent attacks (TPAs) and other particularly sophisticated threats designed to harvest information from compromised systems. Fueled by the frequency and severity of data breaches and their associated costs, the BDS market will have a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) greater than 25 percent, reaching $1 billion by 2018, according to NSS Labs' forecasts.

"Although you could think of this class of product as 'next-generation intrusion detection systems (NGIDS),' we at NSS Labs feel that the 'next generation' tag has been over-used by security vendors," says Bob Walder, Chief Research Officer at NSS Labs. "These products are designed to analyze complex attacks out-of-band, detecting, rather than preventing, network breaches. Because they are not expected to operate in-line at wire speeds, they can perform much more extensive analysis of inbound and outbound traffic to detect complex threats. This means they can only alert us to network breaches that have already occurred. For this reason, we coined the term 'breach detection systems (BDS).' Rather than use different vendors' lexicons based on preferred marketing descriptions, BDS precisely defines the role these solutions are meant to perform, apart from other technologies."

View the new NSS Labs Analysis Brief - Breach Detection: Don't Fall Prey to Targeted Attacks.

Will Breach Detection Systems become the latest security "silver bullet" -- or "white elephant?"
As the attack surface broadens and highly motivated cybercriminals use increasingly innovative and dynamic approaches to deploy sophisticated crimeware, enterprises must assume that they will be (or have already been) breached. Through constant analysis of suspicious code and identification of communications with malicious hosts, breach detection systems can provide enhanced detection of advanced malware, zero-day and targeted attacks, acting as an "early warning" system for exploits that have bypassed other network security defenses. Key trends driving the demand for breach detection systems include:

  • Attack frequency and sophistication at the device level: Client-side attacks represent the fastest growing and most serious group of threats today: These attacks often install malicious code "silently" and many users don't know that they've been infected until after the fact. Breach detection systems that constantly analyze suspicious code and identify communication back to malicious hosts can provide enhanced detection of advanced malware, zero-day and targeted attacks.

  • Browsers and endpoint security products struggle to block attacks: Many traditional endpoint security solutions and browsers lack adequate exploit and evasion protection: In recent NSS Labs tests, only 2 of 13 endpoint products tested blocked more than 80% of exploits and over 60% (8 of 13) failed to block attacks where obfuscation methods for compressing and packing payloads were used. In recent browser testing, only Microsoft Internet Explorer blocked 99% of malicious downloads -- Google Chrome, Apple Safari and Mozilla Firefox lagged behind blocking only 70%, 4.3% and 4.2% respectively.

  • Awareness and safe surfing are not enough: It's not necessary to visit the "dark corners" of the Internet to be at risk: Spear-phishing and drive-by exploits are served up in employee inboxes and often incorporate the legitimate web sites of trusted brand names in their attacks. Breach detection systems recognize that many responsible, well-meaning users will inevitably still be exploited and jeopardize enterprise systems.

  • Breach detection needs to take mobile devices, other shifts into account: The growth of BYOD opens otherwise secured networks up to significant risk: The increasing number of personal mobile devices and the virtualization of offices expose the corporate network to any number of malware variants from untrusted networks that may lack the protection and capabilities of the corporate infrastructure. These mobile devices also often bypass perimeter filtering and security appliances.

Commentary: NSS Labs Research Director Francisco Artes
"Breach detection systems claim to improve the recognition of the most severe types of intrusions -- such as those with the most severe consequences if electronic health records, intellectual property or other sensitive materials are stolen -- but it remains to be seen whether vendors in this emerging segment can provide value that is not offset by new products' overhead and complexity," said Francisco Artes, Research Director at NSS Labs. "Effective BDS tools need to complement existing security investments but risk being simply another console to watch; we look forward to ongoing research and testing as these solutions mature and face real-world threats."

The NSS Labs Live Testing™ harness for the BDS tests is designed to test the five main technologies that can be used as part of a BDS solution -- virtual machine (VM) sandboxes, browser emulation, domain reputation, AV signature, and traffic analysis. NSS Labs analysts will cover numerous vendors in the BDS market, including:

  • AhnLab
  • Damballa
  • FireEye
  • Lastline
  • McAfee
  • Palo Alto Networks
  • Symantec
  • Trend Micro

NSS Labs is currently in the process of confirming which vendors will be in the first Group Test for BDS and results will be available to NSS Labs' subscribers at www.nsslabs.com once complete.

NSS Labs does not receive any compensation in return for vendor participation; all testing and research is conducted free of charge.

About NSS Labs, Inc.
NSS Labs, Inc. is the world's leading information security research and advisory company. We deliver a unique mix of test-based research and expert analysis to provide our clients with the information they need to make good security decisions. CIOs, CISOs, and information security professionals from many of the largest and most demanding enterprises rely on NSS Labs' insight, every day. Founded in 1991, the company is located in Austin, Texas. For more information, visit www.nsslabs.com.

© 2012 NSS Labs, Inc. All rights reserved. All brand, product and service names are the trademarks, registered trademarks, or service marks of their respective owners.

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Contact:
ReseAnne Sims, Senior Marketing Manager
NSS Labs
Phone: +1 (832) 741-7373
[email protected]

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

@ThingsExpo Stories
When shopping for a new data processing platform for IoT solutions, many development teams want to be able to test-drive options before making a choice. Yet when evaluating an IoT solution, it’s simply not feasible to do so at scale with physical devices. Building a sensor simulator is the next best choice; however, generating a realistic simulation at very high TPS with ease of configurability is a formidable challenge. When dealing with multiple application or transport protocols, you would be...
Detecting internal user threats in the Big Data eco-system is challenging and cumbersome. Many organizations monitor internal usage of the Big Data eco-system using a set of alerts. This is not a scalable process given the increase in the number of alerts with the accelerating growth in data volume and user base. Organizations are increasingly leveraging machine learning to monitor only those data elements that are sensitive and critical, autonomously establish monitoring policies, and to detect...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life settl...
In his session at @ThingsExpo, Dr. Robert Cohen, an economist and senior fellow at the Economic Strategy Institute, presented the findings of a series of six detailed case studies of how large corporations are implementing IoT. The session explored how IoT has improved their economic performance, had major impacts on business models and resulted in impressive ROIs. The companies covered span manufacturing and services firms. He also explored servicification, how manufacturing firms shift from se...
DevOpsSummit New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. Digital Transformation (DX) is a major focus with the introduction of DXWorldEXPO within the program. Successful transformation requires a laser focus on being data-driven and on using all the tools available that enable transformation if they plan to survive over the long term. A total of 88% of Fortune 500 companies from a generation ago are now out of bus...
The Jevons Paradox suggests that when technological advances increase efficiency of a resource, it results in an overall increase in consumption. Writing on the increased use of coal as a result of technological improvements, 19th-century economist William Stanley Jevons found that these improvements led to the development of new ways to utilize coal. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Thiele, Chief Strategy Officer for Apcera, compared the Jevons Paradox to modern-day enterprise IT, examin...
IoT solutions exploit operational data generated by Internet-connected smart “things” for the purpose of gaining operational insight and producing “better outcomes” (for example, create new business models, eliminate unscheduled maintenance, etc.). The explosive proliferation of IoT solutions will result in an exponential growth in the volume of IoT data, precipitating significant Information Governance issues: who owns the IoT data, what are the rights/duties of IoT solutions adopters towards t...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assista...
Organizations planning enterprise data center consolidation and modernization projects are faced with a challenging, costly reality. Requirements to deploy modern, cloud-native applications simultaneously with traditional client/server applications are almost impossible to achieve with hardware-centric enterprise infrastructure. Compute and network infrastructure are fast moving down a software-defined path, but storage has been a laggard. Until now.
Digital Transformation is much more than a buzzword. The radical shift to digital mechanisms for almost every process is evident across all industries and verticals. This is often especially true in financial services, where the legacy environment is many times unable to keep up with the rapidly shifting demands of the consumer. The constant pressure to provide complete, omnichannel delivery of customer-facing solutions to meet both regulatory and customer demands is putting enormous pressure on...
In his general session at 19th Cloud Expo, Manish Dixit, VP of Product and Engineering at Dice, discussed how Dice leverages data insights and tools to help both tech professionals and recruiters better understand how skills relate to each other and which skills are in high demand using interactive visualizations and salary indicator tools to maximize earning potential. Manish Dixit is VP of Product and Engineering at Dice. As the leader of the Product, Engineering and Data Sciences team at D...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that All in Mobile, a mobile app development company from Poland, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. All In Mobile is a mobile app development company from Poland. Since 2014, they maintain passion for developing mobile applications for enterprises and startups worldwide.
"Akvelon is a software development company and we also provide consultancy services to folks who are looking to scale or accelerate their engineering roadmaps," explained Jeremiah Mothersell, Marketing Manager at Akvelon, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 21st Cloud Expo, held Oct 31 – Nov 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
IoT is at the core or many Digital Transformation initiatives with the goal of re-inventing a company's business model. We all agree that collecting relevant IoT data will result in massive amounts of data needing to be stored. However, with the rapid development of IoT devices and ongoing business model transformation, we are not able to predict the volume and growth of IoT data. And with the lack of IoT history, traditional methods of IT and infrastructure planning based on the past do not app...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that the upcoming DXWorldEXPO | CloudEXPO New York event will feature 10 companies from Poland to participate at the "Poland Digital Transformation Pavilion" on November 12-13, 2018.
22nd International Cloud Expo, taking place June 5-7, 2018, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, and co-located with the 1st DXWorld Expo will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud ...
@DevOpsSummit at Cloud Expo, taking place November 12-13 in New York City, NY, is co-located with 22nd international CloudEXPO | first international DXWorldEXPO and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world.
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smart...
As data explodes in quantity, importance and from new sources, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and cloud environments grow with it. Managing data includes protecting it, indexing and classifying it for true, long-term management, compliance and E-Discovery. Commvault can ensure this with a single pane of glass solution – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enter...
DXWorldEXPO LLC announced today that ICC-USA, a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances, will exhibit at the 22nd International CloudEXPO | DXWorldEXPO. DXWordEXPO New York 2018, colocated with CloudEXPO New York 2018 will be held November 11-13, 2018, in New York City. ICC is a computer systems integrator and server manufacturing company focused on developing products and product appliances to meet a wide range of ...