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General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions Continues To Strengthen Threat Intelligence, Detection And Prevention

WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --  General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions today announced its flagship network security solution, Fidelis XPS, now includes a new application of YARA technology, a rule-based malware identification and classification tool, that will increase the real-time prevention of malware attacks by analyzing threats in network traffic. Arming customers with another innovative method to detect malicious traffic as it flows on the network, the continued enhancements to Fidelis XPS help customers reduce remediation costs by blocking malware before it enters the enterprise.

"The addition of YARA will help customers' network teams analyze threats on their network in a more proactive and comprehensive way," said Tom Lyons, vice president of product management at General Dynamics Fidelis Cybersecurity Solutions. "This extends our customers' protection beyond the standard application of scanning suspicious files after they have entered the enterprise."  

Fidelis XPS leverages YARA's capabilities of classifying detected malware and scanning static objects in a file system after they have already entered the network, to extend and support its prevention efforts to scan network sessions in progress.  With organizations placing an increased focus on blocking as much malware as possible before it enters the network, this collaboration  makes advanced threat defense an active component of network defense. In doing so, the costs and downtime associated with remediation after a threat has been detected can be drastically reduced.

"Relying on remediation may not only be cost-prohibitive, but eventually it will slow down or even stall business operations," said Wendy Nather, research director at the 451 Group, who recently published a report on the malware threat detection capabilities of Fidelis XPS. "Enterprises and government agencies can't afford to take a reactive approach to network defense. In order to effectively combat threats, they have to be able to see more and stop more of the malicious traffic."

In addition, Fidelis XPS can augment YARA rules with situational awareness, applying context to the content. The open, non-proprietary nature of YARA allows security analysts to share these rules and learn from their colleagues, continually refining the intelligence of the security community.

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