Fileless cyber attacks

Fileless cyber attacks
March 3, 2020 Comments Off on Fileless cyber attacks News Fred Dickey

Fileless cyber attacks are a relatively new method of compromising a system where a malicious process refrains from utilizing file storage in the process of attacking an endpoint. This circumvents most anti-virus software available on the market.

Fast Assist Client Security guards against fileless attacks because our client security establishes extensive control over all processes running on a device and categorizes them into known good, known malicious and unknown processes. That last category is automatically contained virtually and restricted from being able to make changes to the system. A contained process can be identified as it’s window will have a green border around it.

All unknown process are virtually contained until automatically analyzed and a verdict issued by our software vendor or by having us manually flagging the process as safe if it is part of a known, but proprietary application. Manual flagging of a process as safe generally only takes a few moments to replicate down to the endpoint the process is being contained on. Anything that has been automatically contained on a system that we manage, we can see in our security dashboard in real time as it is being contained.

Another method of attack that doesn’t involve malicious processes is the compromised identity of your end users. Stolen authentication has been on the rise. The best defense against such is end user cyber security awareness education, multi-factor authentication, establishing effectively strong passwords at the legacy authentication level and constant monitoring/auditing of account activities.

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Fred Dickey Fred is the owner and founder of Fast Assist. Fred attended college at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, majoring in Computer Science, after graduating High School in 1990. Being originally from Nashville TN, Fred boasts over 20 years of professional IT experience, having owned his own IT Support company from 1995 to 2006 when he lived in Knoxville TN. Fred has also worked on the IT Corporate Help Desk of a major Federal contractor from 2008 to 2011 and has experience with ITIL and Enterprise level application and infrastructure support. He has worked for several small IT Support companies between then and now before launching Fast Assist on October 2017.