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Customized Malware: Confronting an Invisible Threat (Dark Reading)

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How secure is your network from unauthorized access?

Before you launch into a practiced response regarding your best-in-class firewall and robust antivirus software, you should know that the rapidly evolving malware landscape has rendered these technologies increasingly ineffective. Prolific, adaptable hackers are deploying customized malware to compromise networks throughout the financial services, healthcare, technology, and government sectors. However, it is possible to mitigate the risk.

What Is Customized Malware?

Customized malware is malicious software that has been modified to evade detection by traditional security technologies. Customized malware comes in many forms, including ransomware. The most common delivery method is through inbound email, by a phishing or spearphishing attack. Because traditional antivirus products provide signature-based detection, only malware variants whose algorithms have already been identified are successfully quarantined. Therefore, the modified variants escape detection at an alarming rate.