How Deep Learning for Cybersecurity Is Freeing CISOs to Prepare for What's Next

Posted by Yuda Saydun on May 22, 2019

Companies are constantly playing defense against the latest vulnerabilities and cyber threats. New malware variants appear by the second, and tried-and-true attack methods, like phishing and social engineering attacks, remain pervasive.

CISOs, board members, and the general public are well-aware of the dangerous cyber landscape. Yet in the past two years, 60% of businesses have experienced a serious security breach – 31% more than once – according to a recent survey. Advanced persistent threats keep security teams spinning their wheels, trying to hunt, identify, analyze, and remediate in a never-ending cycle. Existing tools based on signatures, heuristics, and reputation tracking are overwhelmed by the sheer volume and the ability of attackers to evolve and bypass defenses.

It’s time for security teams to take another look at prevention vs. remediation, taking advantage of emerging security tools to block attacks before they get downloaded and detonate. Thanks to recent advances in deep learning technology, CISOs can go beyond the prevailing “remediation-first” mindset and achieve the coveted ideal of preventing attacks with near 100% certainty. It may sound like hyperbole, but the technology has been tested and proven and is reimagining cybersecurity for the better.

Where Detection Falls Short, Prevention Enhances Cyber Defenses

By preventing threats, CISOs gain a significant opportunity to reduce wheel spinning and increase the ROI of the business, securing the company’s future while also protecting customers and their data.

Advances in deep learning technology are freeing CISOs from the flood of real breaches and false positives and providing a way to protect the entire attack surface. Deep learning tools are able to block known and unknown threats within milliseconds, before they can download and write to disk. Recently, independent evaluator SE Labs, pitted security provider Deep Instinct’s deep learning solution against a range of high-profile, known malware campaigns and a selection of unknown targeted attacks. The results were eye-opening.

Deep Instinct’s D-Client faced up against malware from well-publicized breaches, fileless targeted attacks, exploits targeted at Microsoft file format vulnerabilities, targeted shellcode injection attacks, and more.

Each threat was successfully prevented pre-execution with no other processes running — resulting in an industry-first 100% prevention rate and zero false-positives. Attackers have learned how to adapt to get past security tools, but now deep learning can act even faster, making zero-time prevention fact rather than a hoped for reality.

Putting CISOs in Full Control of the Security Environment

By adding a deep learning driven pre-emption layer to their environment, CISOs can go beyond sandboxes and signatures to enable threat prevention that hackers cannot evade. Adopting security tools that can detect threats before they execute is also a great enabler of digital transformation. Companies will inevitably need to offer customers more digital products and services and keep sensitive data under lock. The result is increased ROI for the IT department and the company as a whole

When security teams can rely on a tool that can anticipate, identify, and pre-empt threats with confidence, they can shift energy away from remediation and focus on being strategic enablers of business growth. Deep learning driven cyber security can enable zero-time prevention and put CISOs in control — blocking attacks, eliminating false positives and bringing relief from known and unknown threats.

Learn more about Deep Instinct’s solution and how it stood up against known and unknown threats in testing by SE Labs. Get the report here. 

Tech Data Partners with Deep Instinct to Provide Deep Learning that Thwarts Cyberattacks

Posted by Yuda Saydun on May 15, 2019

Deep learning cybersecurity solution provides 100 percent prevention rate when a new virus or malware code is released.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 15, 2019)Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced it has partnered with Deep Instinct, the first company to apply an end-to-end, deep learning framework purpose-built for cybersecurity. The deep learning cybersecurity platform provides enhanced protection by accurately predicting harmful known and unknown cyberattacks, terminating execution and preventing any possible damage. Through this partnership, Tech Data will offer Deep Instinct’s product line to customers in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.

“We believe artificial-intelligence (AI)-based deep learning tools are the next wave in advanced cyber protection,” said Alex Ryals, vice president of security solutions, Americas, at Tech Data. “Because these tools are autonomous and constantly learning, not only do they require fewer updates— but unlike typical machine learning tools, they also require no additional human intervention and feature engineering, which helps lower support and management costs. Providing options like Deep Instinct to our customers allows them to be on the cutting edge of security, while enabling them to concentrate on growing their businesses.”

Deep learning methods are based on the layers used in artificial neural networks and are modeled after how the human brain learns. Deep Instinct’s deep neural network learns to predict and prevent all types of cyber threats, both file-based and file-less, and its prediction capabilities become instinctive. As a result, both known and first-seen malware and advanced persistent threat (APT) attacks are predicted and prevented in zero time. The deep-learning-based model also achieves a much higher detection rate and lower false positive rate for new files, when compared with the best machine learning solutions available.

Deep Instinct is delivered with unmatched accuracy and speed anywhere in an enterprise ecosystem, leveraging the power of deep learning’s predictive capabilities to offer multi-layer protection across all endpoints, servers, mobile devices and operating systems (Windows, macOS, Android and ChromeOS). According to tests conducted by SE Labs, Deep Instinct had a 100 percent prevention and interception rate when a new virus or malware code was released, without interfering with system performance.

“Deep Instinct prevents cyber threats that others can’t find, and our deep-learning-based solutions are the only way security teams can prepare for both known and unknown cyber threats,” said Guy Caspi, CEO, at Deep Instinct. “As we embark on new routes to our market through this partnership, we trust Tech Data’s knowledge and ability to expand the reach of our offerings to security teams across the globe.”

Deep Instinct works with currently deployed products without interruption and is self-contained on endpoints so that it doesn’t need a network connection or human intervention to work. The solution also comes with a dashboard that allows technical teams to review and manage forensic events that have been prevented.

“We are excited by the prospect of Tech Data bringing AI-based deep learning tools to support security,” said Yuda Saydun, president of CyVent, an AI-driven solution provider and Tech Data channel partner. “Our customers are always looking for the best, most advanced solutions to support their security needs and based on what we have seen from Deep Instinct, our customers are going to appreciate the value this solution will bring to their organizations.”

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About Deep Instinct

Deep Instinct is the first company to apply deep learning to cybersecurity. Deep learning is inspired by the brain’s ability to learn. Once a brain learns to identify an object, its identification becomes second nature. Similarly, as Deep Instinct’s artificial deep neural network brain learns to prevent any type of cyber threat, its prediction capabilities become instinctive. As a result, any kind of malware, known and new, first-seen malware, zero-days, ransomware and APT attacks from any kind are predicted and prevented in zero time with unmatched accuracy and speed anywhere in the enterprise—Network, EPP, Mobile—enabling a multi layered protection. To learn more, visit: http://www.deepinstinct.com.