You want positive and profitable web traffic coming to your website. You also want to surf the internet unharmed and untouched by an intruder. But along the way, each of us has encountered malicious web traffic. Sometimes so bad it shuts our sites down, freezes our computers and infects our entire network, all due to an unexpected, but malicious Malware attack.
If you’ve heard the term, Malware, but are not sure of its meaning, here is a brief description from Wikipedia’s Malware website. “Malware, short for malicious software, is an umbrella term used to refer to a variety of forms of hostile or intrusive software including computer viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, spyware, adware, scareware, and other intentionally harmful programs.”
As you read through that definition, one would conclude, Malware attacks are dangerous, harmful, will spread, and cause tremendous damage to your networks. But according to Intivix, it doesn’t affect just your system. The attack will also affect your Partners, Vendors and others in your supply change.
Malware attacks are designed to replicate and passed along. With that being the case, the rising threat from cybercriminals, trying to burrow down into your network continues. However, there has been another equally and significant rise in the past few years, from a more aggressive group focused on destroying Malware.
What Are Malware Destroyers?
Malware destroyers have made great strides to foil cybercriminals. Their advancements show an aggressive move towards a, more secure enterprise cloud applications, that is available at your fingertips.
As a participating member Intivix would explain their mission is to break, once and for all, the continuous and vicious cyber-attack cycle, along with focusing on encrypting web traffic. And just as necessary, aggressively protecting your privacy and security on your websites.
Since you cannot see what’s going on through your network, unless you can look deep, deep down inside that encrypted traffic, malware destroyers use SonicWall’s Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection. It is for SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), TLS (Transport Layer Security) and SSH (Secure Shell) encrypted traffic which Intivix uses and recommends all their clients must have.
Why is This Important?
To better understand what’s going on behind the scenes, you have an encrypted connection. That encrypted connection, which protects your information from cyber thieves, has also become the same delivery method of choice for cyber attacks, in the form of encoded threats.
When you take a closer look, the recommendation makes sense. SonicWall is designed to secure your network by decrypting and inspecting every packet, both individually and meticulously, so you can break the cycle of malware navigating inside encrypted traffic.
Your standard firewalls prevent the final stage of a process from visiting inappropriate and malicious websites. However, those traditional firewalls can’t see the encrypted traffic coming from secure and trusted sites. If that encrypted traffic is bringing something harmful to you, the firewalls won’t detect it until it’s too late.
It can also be harmful when using other online experiences.
Did you know your standard firewalls fall short of aggressive protection from the encrypted traffic coming from social networking websites, e-commerce platforms and most importantly webmail sites?
Their lack of protection will open the door to “bad actors” as we call them, by sneaking a malicious payload, into the encrypted traffic, which kicks off a typical cycle of infection.
Let’s Look at One Example of a Typical 10 Step Malware Cycle of Infection.
- The client downloads an initial trojan horse or some other malicious application.
- The application launches an encrypted connection request to the malware server.
- The server responds by infecting the client machine.
- The infected client machine then communicates back to Command and Control servers.
- Command and control servers provide additional instructions.
- During that process, sensitive data transfers to the attacker’s repository servers.
- Attackers can now elevate their access rights.
- They are free to move at, toward or from side to side, through your network.
- This freedom multiplies the infection to other systems.
- Now the cycle is set up and can replicate itself all over again.
Now for the bad news. All this malicious activity you just read, you can’t see it. It is also encrypted so you can’t stop it if your firewall can’t inspect it or detect it.
But with SonicWall’s “Next-Generation” firewalls, patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection, with secure socket layer technology, you will break the Malware cycle of encrypted and poisonous web traffic.
Here’s how the SonicWall Next-Generation firewalls will start protecting your system:
- Intercept all SSL/TLS traffic between an endpoint client and a web server.
- Then decrypting and inspecting every packet coming in or going out of the client.
- Routed is every packet through SonicWall’s comprehensive security inspection services.
Including, but not limited to:
- Inspection across any port and protocol
- Real-time gateway anti-virus scanning
- Dynamic spyware protection
- Powerful intrusion prevention
- Application intelligence and control
- Dynamically updated signature database
- Ultimate scalability and performance
- Powerful signatures
- Inter-zone scanning
- Comprehensive logging and application traffic analytics
- intrusion prevention gateway antivirus and anti-spyware.
What About Protection From External or Internal Attacks?
Deep packet inspection will scan multiple application types. It covers many protocols, including:
As a result, it will also scan all network layers. Internal and external threats. Making your network protected and secured.
Maybe you are a mobile user or a remote worker, or your files are on a local device. The same technology uses a single integrated suite and can examine all data.
By working at the application layer, SonicWall protects against application vulnerabilities that are hidden, accidentally letting attackers in through a secret back door.
Now you’ve gone beyond a simple stateful inspection. Unlike other scanning engines, Intivix trusts SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection engine. There is no limit on 1) how much simultaneous traffic or 2) how large the file size is. This scanning method has no limits.
To discover how you can get the best results using SonicWall’s patented Reassembly-Free Deep Packet Inspection, recommended by Intivix contact us. We are here to help secure your future and give you a worry-free website experience.