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5 Core Security Patterns to Protect Against Highly Evasive Attacks

Published: 11 November 2019

ID: G00450832

Analyst(s): Mario de Boer

Summary

Highly evasive attackers do not reuse artifacts. Security and risk management technical professionals can’t rely on threat intelligence alone to protect from such advanced threats. Use this assessment to learn about five core security patterns to protect against highly evasive attacks.

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
  • Practical Application of Evasion-Resilient Patterns
    • Combining Patterns for Enhanced Security and Usability
    • Local Application Containment Versus Remote Processing
  • 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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