Detecting Botnets Before They Wreak Havoc

If your enterprise is connected to the Internet, you are the target of a bot-driven attack. It is not a question of if or when you'll be compromised — it's a question of how bad the problem is, and how soon your staff can identify and minimize the damage. Targeted botnet attacks are difficult to detect using traditional security solutions. However, despite their quiet nature, they can cause very expensive, sometimes irreparable damage to an organization.

Through advanced behavioral analysis, Lancope's StealthWatch System can detect the command-and-control (CnC) communications between botnet attackers and compromised hosts within the network. This way, botnets can be quickly contained before they wreak havoc on network assets or performance, or even ruin a company’s reputation or financial health. This innovative approach is cost-effective and enables fast, effective remediation of this especially damaging attack method.

Thwarting Insider Threats

Everyone agrees that even the best perimeter defenses are permeable, but how do you detect data theft or sabotage by insiders? This activity can be difficult to differentiate from legitimate network transactions and is often not detected by signature-based security systems.

Delivering a complete picture of network activity, Lancope’s StealthWatch System provides the internal visibility and full audit trail necessary to fill in dangerous network blind spots and detect damaging insider attacks. By collecting and analyzing NetFlow, IPFIX and other types of flow data, StealthWatch can detect and alarm on suspicious insider behaviors such unusually large file transfers or attempts to access restricted areas.

Advanced levels of insight including virtual, identity, application and mobile awareness further enhance Lancope’s insider threat detection capabilities, helping to pinpoint anomalous behaviors down to the device and user level. 

Combating APTs with NetFlow

The Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) has quickly become a top-level concern for organizations of all types and sizes. 

Today’s determined attackers will eventually penetrate their target’s network, often employing social engineering tactics to steal credentials and obtain access. In order to combat APTs, it is imperative that organizations gain visibility into their internal networks to fill gaps left by perimeter security solutions.

Lancope’s StealthWatch® System protects against APTs by delivering in-depth visibility into the network without relying on signature updates to detect attacks.

By leveraging flow data with sophisticated, behavioral analysis, StealthWatch can help organizations:

  • uncover externally-launched attacks
  • pinpoint suspicious insider activities
  • provide critical insight into network activity after attacks inevitably evade perimeter defenses
  • detect the various “kill chain” activities that sophisticated attackers follow to infiltrate a network, including network reconnaissance, covert C&C communications and internal pivoting