The Next Layer of Defense is Here!

The researchers from the article below “…expect their findings to be beneficial to enterprises and other organizations in developing the next layer of defense.”

The next layer of defense is already here. The MetaFlows Security System uses behavioral analysis (along with the traditional signature detection) in order to catch even the stealthiest of Malware. It can even catch things that were in the network before it was deployed!
Read the TechNewsWorld article below to find out more about why, regardless of company size, having the most intelligent network protection is key. Then go to www.metaflows.com to find out how to get the most intelligent network protection. 

The Never Ending Cycle of Prey and Predator: The Malware War!

Malware is not new and yet ever-evolving. Companies need to strengthen security practices and tools in order to stay ahead, or at the least, stay in the game! With attacks and costs sharing an rising trajectory, information security should be the top of every IT director’s list. Read about it from the perspective of a CSO:

Malware: War without End

Find out how the MetaFlows Security System is keeping steady in the war against Malware and defeating enemies with innovative and cost efficient technology!

Feature Spotlight: Global Enterprise Solution

Global Enterprise Solution

The MSS Global Enterprise (MSS GE) is a complete turn-key security system intended for large Enterprise or Government networks, and includes advanced Malware/Botnet detection, Intrusion Prevention, Log Management/SIEM, and integrated vulnerability assessment. The MSS GE controller can be deployed either as a high performance Appliance (starting at 1200 Events/Second) or as an Amazon EC2 instance (AMI). The MSS GE sensors can be easily provisioned on off-the-shelf hardware (up to 10 Gbps per sensor) running Linux CentOS/RedHat, high-performance Appliances, VMware or on Amazon EC2.

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Web Security Console

  • Real Time SIEM, Flow & Log management
  • Multi-user Online Collaboration
  • One-click Remediation
  • Highly Customizable
MSS GE Controller

  • Deploy as an Appliance or as an Amazon EC2 Instance
  • Predictive Event Correlation quickly finds Malware
  • Centralized Sensor Provisioning
Daily Intelligence Feeds

  • Behavioral Malware Detection
  • Zero-day/APT Intelligence
  • Vulnerability Scanning
  • Geo-location Intelligence

 

Not Your Grandma’s Malware Protection

The MetaFlows Security System Malware Protection is ADVANCED. We’re talking behavioral and signature detection, multi-layered, Malware-butt kicking advanced. The MSS finds Malware using a 3-layer approach where each level is highly scalable and works independently to progressively increase the detection accuracy.

Layer1: Session level

This is the most basic level of intrusion detection carried out by hardened Linux-based open source components. Our fine-tuned and extremely robust Session-level process can scale from 100 Mbps to 10 Gbps using inexpensive, standard server hardware.

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Layer 2: Multiple-Session

With multiple-session correlation, we identify typical infection behavior by looking at alerts belonging to a single home machine. The MSS positively scores alerts based on observing at least two events corresponding to the typical phases of a Bot Infection.

  1. Inbound scanning
  2. Exploit
  3. Egg download
  4. C&C communication
  5. Outbound scanning/propagation

Multiple-session analysis (unlike traditional IDS) reduces false positives almost entirely and brings true positives to the forefront. This proprietary analysis is performed by Cyber-TA’s BotHunter (licensed to MetaFlows by SRI International). BotHunter intelligence feeds and rules are updated weekly from the SRI Malware Threat Center.

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Layer3: Multiple-Domain (Predictive Global Correlation)

Research funded by the National Science Foundation has led to the development of a proprietary multiple-domain correlation algorithm that is mathematically similar to Google’s page ranking. Event scores are autonomously obtained from a global network of virtual machines that masquerade as victims. As the victims are repeatedly attacked and infected, the MSS records security event information of both successful and unsuccessful hacker techniques and subsequent nefarious activities. This information is then combined with 5 additional network intelligence sources and then propagated in real time to each of our users to augment the session level and multiple-session-level ranking described above. This additional inter-domain correlation is important because it adds operational awareness based on real-time, measured intelligence.

With multiple-session correlation, we identify typical infection behavior by looking at alerts belonging to a single home machine. The MSS positively scores alerts based on observing at least two events corresponding to the typical phases of a Bot Infection.

  1. Inbound scanning
  2. Exploit
  3. Egg download
  4. C&C communication
  5. Outbound scanning/propagation

Multiple-session analysis (unlike traditional IDS) reduces false positives almost entirely and brings true positives to the forefront. This proprietary analysis is performed by Cyber-TA’s BotHunter (licensed to MetaFlows by SRI International). BotHunter intelligence feeds and rules are updated weekly from the SRI Malware Threat Center.

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You can always learn more about how we are protecting networks better here.

SC Magazine Review

Industry Innovators: Hall of Fame

The idea behind this Innovator’s service is that one can place sensors strategically around an enterprise and send the outputs to the cloud where advanced processing performs a host of security functions to result in more efficient, faster and more accurate functions than doing the same ones on-premises. Add global intelligence gathering to give depth and breadth to the core data available and you have the MetaFlows Security System (MSS).
In terms of Network Security, SC Magazine knows how to zero in on the important. As part of their end of year review of the best products, they felt inclined to mention us. And not just mention us, but review us.

Read more…

An IPS on Steroids

“An IPS on Steroids: MetaFlows Security System”

The secret behind the MetaFlows Security System (MSS) is that it really is a hybrid application. It collects data on the network and acts on malicious activity. So far, this is just about the same as any intrusion prevention system (IPS). But don’t be fooled. This is not just any IPS. Because it is a hybrid application – local and cloud-based – users get a lot of benefit from the cloud piece that are not available from a standard IPS. For example, a typical IPS gets its updates at whatever update interval the vendor determines. The updates usually are based on the efforts of the vendor’s threat assessment laboratory. Not so for MSS.
Peter Stephenson’s First Look at the MSS

Soft IPS: Protecting Your Network Passively and Proficiently

Welcome to the MetaFlows Blog’s First Feature of the Month!

This month, we thought we would start things off right by spotlighting our proprietary, groundbreaking Soft IPS technology.

The long and short of it: Soft IPS enables you to block threatening traffic passively, or not in line. The benefits to being able to effectively stop threats without being in line are many. For starters, your security is more secure- it isn’t a threat in itself and your network can continue uninterrupted. No firewall modifications are needed after every major event and threats can be blocked in real time!

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But HOW?! If you are more technically inclined, please read on to see how, through reverse engineering the Great Wall of China, we are able to make accomplish such things!

MetaFlows’ Soft IPS technology blocks unwanted traffic in passive mode. MetaFlows’ Soft IPS does this by injecting spoofed TCP packets into the network to disrupt unwanted communications. This idea (also employed by the Great Firewall of China) is coupled with a new algorithm that will safely predict what traffic to block based on observed communication patterns

Uses powerful active response technology to block unwanted traffic (Bots, spyware, P2P, etc..) and actively learns which hosts on a network need to be isolated.

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