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Beyond Detection: 5 Core Security Patterns to Prevent Highly Evasive Attacks

Published: 25 March 2018

ID: G00346997

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer

Summary

Evasive attacks don't reuse artifacts and may even use new techniques and tactics. Technical professionals can't rely on threat intelligence alone for catching such threats. Use this assessment to learn about five core security patterns to prevent evasive threats without relying on detection.

Table Of Contents

Analysis

  • Patterns to Prevent Highly Evasive Attacks
  • Five Evasion-Resilient Security Patterns
    • Evasion Resilience Across the Cyber Kill Chain
    • Evasion Resilience Across Entities
    • The Impact of Evasion-Resilient Patterns
  • Pattern 1: Moving Target Defense
    • Context/Situation
    • Problem Addressed by Pattern
    • Solution Principle
    • Current State of Usability and Future Lookout
    • Strengths and Challenges
  • Pattern 2: Trust-Pass Filter
    • Context/Situation
    • Problem Addressed by Pattern
    • Solution Principle
    • Current State of Usability and Future Lookout
    • Strengths and Challenges
  • Pattern 3: Remote Processing
    • Context/Situation
    • Problem Addressed by Pattern
    • Solution Principle
    • Current State of Usability and Future Lookout
    • Strengths and Challenges
  • Pattern 4: Content Transform
    • Context/Situation
    • Problem Addressed by Pattern
    • Solution Principle
    • Current State of Usability and Future Lookout
    • Strengths and Challenges
  • Pattern 5: Containment
    • Context/Situation
    • Problem Addressed by Pattern
    • Solution Principle
    • Current State of Usability and Future Lookout
    • Strengths and Challenges
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

Guidance

  • Leverage Patterns to Prevent Highly Evasive Attacks
  • Select Evasion-Resilient Controls Based on Effectiveness, Maturity and Impact
  • Combine Patterns for More Security and Increased Usability
  • Combine Evasion-Resilient Patterns With Detection and Response

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