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Get Ready for 'Fileless' Malware Attacks

Published: 13 February 2017

ID: G00319450

Analyst(s): Peter Firstbrook , Ian McShane


Malware authors are shifting to fileless attacks to evade traditional defenses. Security and risk management leaders tasked with protecting Windows endpoints must understand how endpoint protection platform solutions exploit mitigations and application controls protect against attacks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Understanding the Rise of Fileless Malware
  • Focus on Security Hygiene and Patch Management
  • Options for Endpoint-Based Exploit Mitigation
  • An Alternative to Endpoint-Based Exploit Mitigation
  • Defending Against Script-Based Attacks
    • Microsoft PowerShell
    • Windows Management Instrumentation
  • Protecting Endpoints With Application Control

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