Cyber Security: Kaspersky Announces Anti-Targeted Attack Solution In Nigeria

As cyber activities increase in Nigeria, prompted by increasing internet penetration and online businesses, imminent cyber-attacks cannot be ruled out.

With this in view, Kaspersky Lab has announced that its advanced solution to detect targeted attacks is now available in Nigeria. According to a statement from the security solutions company, businesses all over the world, including Nigeria, have become victim to numerous targeted attacks, including those discovered by Kaspersky Lab.

The Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform is a premium solution based on the most advanced technology to date that draws on Kaspersky Lab’s expertise in the detection and analysis of the world’s most sophisticated threats.

According to the IT Security Risks Survey 2015, conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 9% of organisations globally said they have experienced a targeted attack in the last year.

The Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform analyses data collected from different points of the corporate IT infrastructure. The solution’s sensors are responsible for data acquisition over network traffic, web and e-mail as well as endpoints. This allows the solution to detect complex attacks at any stage, even when no malicious activity is taking place, like data exfiltration. Suspicious events are then processed via different engines, including an Advanced Sandbox and a Targeted Attack Analyzer for a final verdict.

The Advanced Sandbox provides a safe, isolated and virtualised environment for analysing suspicious objects and detecting their intent. The Targeted Attack Analyzer utilises data processing and machine learning technologies to assess and combine verdicts from different analysis engines. This is where the final decision to alert the staff is made. Additional technologies that help to reduce false positive alerts include Kaspersky Lab’s own anti-malware engine to rule out generic attacks that can be blocked by traditional solutions; URL analysis; threat data feeds delivered from Kaspersky Lab’s cloud security network; an Intrusion Detection System; and support for custom rules to detect specific activity in a corporate network.

Conventional protection technologies are very good at preventing generic threats and attacks from breaching the corporate perimeter. Although the number of such threats is still growing, businesses are becoming more concerned about targeted attacks and advanced cyber-weapons used for the purposes of cyber-espionage or the disruption of business activity. While these threats represent less than 1% of the entire landscape, they present the highest risk to companies worldwide. What is even more important, the number of such attacks is growing steadily, and the price-per-attack is diminishing.

According to Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab Africa,  Riaan Badenhorst, “One of many challenges that businesses face nowadays is a requirement to overcome an array of cyberthreats, including very advanced ones, for which they need knowledge of possible attack vectors, indicators of compromise, and the ability to distinguish normal operations from malicious activity.  In order to win this battle organisations need to have strong security expertise combined with technology that is capable of spotting a criminal act in the avalanche of daily activity in a large corporation. This challenge is being addressed with the Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform, together with the security services aimed at sharing security intelligence with our customers faster than ever before.”

Quoting the International Data Corporation’s Specialized Threat Analysis and Protection (STAP) research, IDC Program Vice President, Security Products, Christian Christiansen says the market quantifies the opportunity for countering advanced persistent threats and targeted attacks. IDC believes the market will grow to over $3 billion by 2019, with a 5-year CAGR of 28%. “This high growth rate is driven by significant adoption of STAP products to address the growing need for advanced threat detection.”

“Kaspersky Lab has vast experience in threat intelligence and a long history of discovering some of the world’s most high-profile advanced persistent threats”, he says.

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