Today's Huge Networks Need Agile Security Tools to Ferret Out Malware

By Wayne Rash, eWeek, November 17, 2015

"To solve problems that can't be handled on the endpoint, there's cloud-based security software such as Wedge Networks' new Wedge IQ software, which runs in the cloud and can protect networked devices. When I wrote about Wedge a year ago, the product was using a signature-based method of identifying malware. It still does that, but the company is adding predictive analytics to its cloud-based product as well.

This means that Wedge, running in the cloud, can monitor the actions of endpoints on the network for signs of malware. Where once it used to block the actions of malware when it detected its signatures, now it can watch for activity that may be signs of malware before any actual infection takes place. Again, malware may still get into the network, but it won't be able to actually do anything because it will be detected and disabled first.

The scale of growth in network capacity is such that what was once a local or perhaps a limited problem can quickly become global in scale overnight. The vast capacity of these new networks also means that they have become vast doorways that hackers and malware can enter. Because of today's network speeds, bad things can happen almost instantly.

As you might expect, the problem isn't going away. Demand for connectivity of all sorts is not going away either. This means that networks are only going to get bigger and will carry more data at ever higher speeds. Fortunately, security companies and the companies that run these networks understand security problems better than ever. Now all they have to do is keep up."

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