Lastline Awarded US Patent for Detecting Advanced Malware through Manipulation of Environmental Behaviors
REDWOOD CITY, CA, — Advanced malware protection provider Lastline, Inc., has been awarded United States Patent US20140317745 A1 for “Methods and Systems for Malware Detection Based on Environmental-Dependent Behavior.” The patent protects Lastline’s full platform, which elicits and detects the security industry’s broadest range of malicious behaviors from malware in a sandbox evaluation environment.
Lastline’s platform is widely acknowledged as providing the most comprehensive visibility into the activities that a piece of malware exhibits when executed, such as for example the recent Black Shades ransomware.
“The patents granted to Lastline validate and protect the exceptional strength and success of our malware detection and defense platform,” said Brian Laing, Vice President of Products and Business Development for Lastline. “Our extraordinarily deep roots in cybersecurity research, decades of combined academic and industry experience, and our unwavering dedication to enterprise cyber-security are the driving forces behind every Lastline innovation and advantage.”
A previously granted Lastline US patent covered the platform’s unique means of reducing false positives at confidence levels superior to the industry, which mitigates a particularly burdensome IT security issue. That patent protected processes that make Lastline’s sensors smarter and more comprehensively informed than those of competitors. Together, the two patents help ensure that the Lastline Advanced Malware Detection Platform remains the IT industry’s most robust, accurate and effective solution for preventing outbreaks, speeding response times and reducing the overall impacts of outbreaks. Among the array of patented Lastline processes and innovations covered in its latest patent are:
- Deep Content Inspection™ that interacts with malware to elicit the malicious behaviors that were intended by bad actors to remain covert while malware is contained within sandbox evaluation environments, and to subsequently activate only when not under the scrutiny of an analysis system.
- A comprehensive, intelligent emulated computing environment that recognizes and monitors the execution of suspicious code.
- ‘Multi-path Execution’ identifies various execution paths that a suspicious program may take and tracks when, where, and how a given malware executable shifts from dormant to active.
These and other features afford a deep insight into environmental triggers, targets, intended actions and potential impacts of malicious documents, data files and applications
Lastline’s solutions are available direct and are also delivered through highly respected partners such as Barracuda, Dell SonicWALL, and SecureWorks. Thirteen Gartner Magic Quadrant leaders in their respective categories now entrust their customers’ advanced malware defense to Lastline, including several top Managed Security Services Providers (MSSPs), Unified Threat Management (UTM), and Secure Email Gateway (SEG) vendors. Lastline was recently designated a “Leader” in The Forrester April “Automated Malware Analysis” Wave Report and was rated first among vendors researched for current offerings.
Lastline is innovating the way companies detect active breaches caused by advanced persistent threats, targeted attacks and evasive malware. Lastline’s Deep Content Inspection™ goes beyond the legacy malware analysis used in most firewalls, UTM’s, IPS systems, and antimalware software. Lastline’s open architecture integrates advanced threat defenses and intelligence into existing operational workflows and security systems. Inspection of suspicious objects occurs at scale in real-time using a full-system emulation approach to sandboxing that is superior to virtual machine-based and OS emulation techniques. Lastline’s technology correlates network and object analysis to achieve timely breach confirmation and incident response. Lastline was built by Anubis and Wepawet researchers and industry veterans with decades of experience focused specifically on advanced breach weaponry and tactics.
Headquartered in Redwood City, California with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia, Lastline’s platform is used by global managed security service providers, Global 2000 enterprises and leading security vendors worldwide. To learn more, visit https://www.lastline.com.
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