Ever use a credit card to make an online purchase and discover later that the number was stolen and you have a bunch of fraudulent charges on your bill? Well if you have not, I certainly have. Even if you do not shop online or personally make any financial moves online, your information may still be stolen by cyber thieves, because in this modern day and age practically all companies have digital records. Cyber thieves are out to steal the records from these companies and all too often they succeed. Recent attacks have targeted banks and the pilfered information can end up turning your world upside down. But, this can be prevented. In this article I will talk about Cyvera Ltd. and how it truly prevents attacks.
Cyvera Ltd. “is an innovative provider of cyber defense solutions that protect organizations from sophisticated targeted cyber-attacks (AKA Advanced Persistent Threats, or APTs) and mass attacks.” This online description specifically mentions protection from Zero-Day attacks—which refers to attacks exploiting a previously unknown vulnerable point in any kind of computer software and operation systems. Zero-day attacks are known to be "the most threatening attack vector" as it is almost impossible to block it before it initiates the malicious activity, since it's unknown to the security systems. In addition, Cyvera Protects against utilization of known vulnerabilities. In other words, it shields vulnerable "unpatched" computer systems which were not updated with security updates. Those that have not installed software updates usually allows “viruses or other users to harvest data from your computer” by utilizing the known vulnerabilities. Most of these attacks could actually be prevented if organizations would simply stay on top of keeping their software updated. Yet, Zero-day-based attacks are still the biggest threat as there are no updates and patches that can protect against them. Since organizations rarely stay on top of this, and because only most of these attacks can be prevented—not all—cyber security is a must-have.
Unlike most security suites and new age firewalls out there, which tend to try and fix the security problem after the intruder has gotten in, Cyvera tries to prevent the security problem from ever forming by barring an intruder’s entrance. Using a Targeted Remote Attack Prevention System (TRAPS) that block “the most threatening attack vectors” Cyvera provides a new kind of solution. “Our solution does not focus on identifying malicious activity, which is the common approach. We block the remote attack vectors and paths by employing barriers and traps that stop the attacker, thereby preventing the attack.” While exactly how this traps works is not disclosed, Cyvera shows success in preventing every Zero-Day exploit published since the first release of their product on March 2012.
Cyber hacking is an all too common problem now days, but Cyvera can help prevent cyber-attacks by using TRAPS. Cyvera Ltd. offers its products mainly to organizations— it is not distributed to individuals. Until Cyvera's solution will be available for home users, a good way to lower the chances of successful attacks on your own is by downloading all software updates.