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Malwarebytes brings new approach to malware detection

Security vendor Malwarebytes has released its new, single endpoint agent cloud platform for business.

Malwarebytes' range now includes Malwarebytes Incident Response, Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection (now delivered as a service) and a new cloud-based management console.

Malwarebytes Endpoint Protection provides seven layers of protection, according to the company, including a signature-less, machine learning based anomaly detection engine that models known trusted files instead of modelling historical malware samples.

This, it says, is a better approach than constantly retraining as each new piece of malware appears, as the latter results in a process similar to the old signature-based method of threat detection.

Frost & Sullivan senior industry analyst Tony Massimini said, "Malwarebytes' anomaly detection engine is an innovative technique for identifying malware. An easily deployed and managed cloud solution with machine learning capabilities gives businesses scalable endpoint protection against today's growing threats."

The Malwarebytes Incident Response threat detection and remediation tool is also built on the company's cloud-based management platform, and uses Malwarebytes' proprietary linking engine to provide "the most complete and thorough remediation possible" as well as improved threat detection and minimised response time.

The Malwarebytes Cloud Platform simplifies the deployment and management of the company's products. Since security software is still installed on the endpoints, devices are still protected when they are disconnected from the internet.

"The threat landscape is changing every second with new malware variants arising every day," said Malwarebytes chief executive Marcin Kleczynski.

"As security professionals, it is our responsibility to protect businesses from these threats, but most competitive offerings take a singular approach to the problem that cannot keep up with how fast malware is evolving.

"That is why we are now equipping businesses with seven different layers for stopping and remediating today's and tomorrow's threats."

In related news, PCI qualified security assessor Coalfire Systems has validated Malwarebytes as exceeding the technical conditions for antivirus software outlined within the requirements of Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) version 3.2, including requirements 5.1, 5.2 and 5.3.

According to Coalfire, Malwarebytes "is effective in providing significant and substantial support for the key requirements and controls of PCI DSS, and can assist in a comprehensive program of cybersecurity for merchants, issuing banks, processors, services providers and other entities required to comply with PCI DSS 3.2".

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences and a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies.