What Is Highly Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT) and How to Prevent it?

What Is Highly Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT) and How to Prevent it?

The pandemic had changed many aspects of life in the world, taking work patterns into hybrid or remote work. where employees can spend the majority of their time working online, collaborating using SaaS applications or web-based tools

But behind the ease of collaborating digitally, companies are now faced with the problem of "blind spots" in the security system. Today's traditional network security infrastructure is no longer able to accommodate how to work in the modern landscape, including preventing a new type of cyberattack, namely Highly Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT) that can harm business operations.

So, what are High Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT) and how dangerous are they for your business operations? To answer this, you can read more in the following article.

What Is Highly Evasive Adaptive Threat (HEAT)?

Today, most security firewalls and anti-malware software do a great job of protecting employees, and companies, from cyber attacks. However, according to the Menlo Security report, there is a new type of malware attack that should be wary of because it is more difficult to detect and detect by ordinary firewalls and anti-malware, namely HEAT (Highly Evasive Adaptive Threat).

HEAT attacks can usually attack when employees open a link in a web browser and finally malware can attack software or hardware. Through a sophisticated development framework, HEAT attacks are able to penetrate multiple layers of security software, including firewalls, web gateways, and phishing detection.

In addition, HEAT can also bypass traditional security defenses, such as manual checks by the IT team. Of course, the purpose of a HEAT attack is to obtain critical company data, which can then be sold or used for commercial purposes.

3 High Evasive Adaptive Threat (HEAT) Breakthrough Challenge

It's no surprise that HEAT attacks go hand in hand with ranged upgrades due to the pandemic. Because, many remote workers can't access a secure VPN from home or less protection than using an office computer.

Workers are often unaware of the risks, and may not be able to recognize the signs of a HEAT attack. Now, to understand what are the challenges faced when facing the threat of High Evasive Adaptive Threat (HEAT), you can identify the following three problems:

1. Difficult to Prevent and Prevent Threats

Companies today are faced with being able to identify and prevent increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks. To identify and prevent threats accurately, companies have special virtual security tools built in to detect malware and prevent malicious activity from occurring.

2. Traditional Defense Is Not Enough

Today's traditional network security infrastructure is no longer able to accommodate the ways of working in the modern landscape, including in preventing High Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT) that can lead to ransomware or phishing attacks.

3. Beware of Open Source Software

It is undeniable that the presence of open source-based software has reduced business costs and accelerated the process of innovation and application development. However, behind all the benefits there are loopholes and security vulnerabilities in open source applications. In fact, a survey from Veracode showed that of the 85,000 applications analyzed, 75 percent of them had malware attack vulnerabilities.

3 Ways to Avoid Evasive Threat

It is important to review the tactics used to detect this modern type of malware. Below is how to avoid Evasive Threat using security tools to help identify and ultimately prevent the Highly Evasive Adaptive Threat (HEAT) threat.

1. Use Purpose-built Virtual Analytics

To detect malware evasive threats, a specially used virtual analysis environment that combines a hypervisor and a built emulator that does not rely on open source or specialized software, effectively and flexibly detects HEAT as early as possible.

2. Use Bare Metal Analysis

To avoid suspicion of attackers, suspect files should be dynamically routed to a bare metal environment without human intervention, so attacks can be more quickly and precisely detected.

3. Entering Threat Intelligence

To combat emerging evasive threats, companies must incorporate contextual and actionable threat intelligence into their security defences. Contextual threat intelligence services can provide the information needed to understand why, where, and how an attack will impact a network.

Next Generation Security Solutions to Overcome Evasive Threats from Palo Alto

The Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform is here to filter every traffic by application. This advanced firewall has extensive control and visibility of applications that can be identified using analysis and signature matching. Users of next generation firewalls can use white list or signature-based IPS to distinguish between secure and insecure applications, then identify them using SSL decryption, so they can detect HEAT attacks accurately.

True to its name, the Next-Generation Security Platform is a more sophisticated version of a traditional firewall. The Next-Generation Security Platform from Palo Alto uses static and dynamic filtering and VPN support to ensure that all connections between the network, internet and firewall are all valid and secure.

Additionally, the Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Security Platform includes security analysis across network, cloud, and endpoint systems that can automatically prevent even the most sophisticated malware. Here are five advantages of using a Next-Generation Security Platform solution for your business, including:

1. Next-Generation Firewalls

A state-of-the-art security solution that is tasked with countering all cyber attacks, so that company data cannot be changed, stolen or damaged easily.

2. Detect Threats in Real-time

Detect attacks every time you connect to the network in real-time, ensuring you can prevent HEAT threats from occurring.

3. Creating an IoT Device Profile

Use IoT analytics to detect device usage, validate profiles, and refine models, so devices are less vulnerable to attack.

4. Use AIOps to Deliver High ROI

Improve your security posture without adding staff or buying new equipment, and avoiding costly outages by predicting firewall health.

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As a value added distributor partner, Virtus complements the reliability of Palo Alto Networks solutions by providing Next-Generation Security Platform solutions from planning, solution implementation to after-sales service which includes 24/7 customer service. These services are of course supported by experienced human resources and engineers. For more information, contact marketing@virtusindonesia.com.

Author: Ary Adianto

Content Writer CTI Group

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