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Solutionary White Paper Reveals How Incorporating Malware Analysis Into Incident Response Improves Security, Speeds Recovery and Reduces Data Loss

Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) Provides Insight Into Effective Malware Analysis Techniques

OMAHA, NE -- (Marketwire) -- 11/08/12 -- Solutionary, the leading pure-play managed security services provider (MSSP), today announced the availability of its latest complimentary white paper,"How Malware Analysis Benefits Incident Response." The paper provides security and risk professionals with an understanding not only of the value of malware analysis in incident response but also of how analysis services from a managed security services provider (MSSP) can provide effective threat intelligence that can be used to reduce malware-driven risks. Highly sophisticated malware is at the root of many data breaches; malware analysis helps responders understand the extent of a breach, rapidly identify affected hosts or systems, provides actionable intelligence, and speeds the security incident recovery process.

"Malware is sophisticated, targeted, and complex, as well as more commercialized and scalable. Attacks can affect multiple hosts or systems, and they may be widespread. Yet common antivirus and network-based detection solutions typically cannot detect the malware used in advanced threats," said Don Gray, chief security strategist for Solutionary. "Only malware analysis can provide the in-depth reverse engineering needed to respond swiftly and effectively to an attack. Our new white paper is based on our SERT team's years of experience in researching security threats and protecting clients from malware attacks. Enterprises that employ malware analysis as part of their security program benefit from better protection, more efficient threat response and a strengthened defensive postures."

Malware Analysis Has Wide-Ranging Role in Security Strategies
Malware analysis plays a role in all phases of the incident response cycle. During the preparation phase, it is an important component of in-depth security strategy. When an incident occurs, malware analysis enables the security team to analyze and interpret events, thus helping prevent losses and restore normal operations as quickly as possible. Post-incident, malware analysis helps identify ways to improve security architecture and prevent similar incidents. The paper also discusses how two key techniques for examining malicious code -- static analysis and dynamic analysis -- can identify malware on a host or network, discover how it works, and contain and eliminate it. Finally, Solutionary addresses the host-based approach to analysis, used when a specific system has been attacked, and the network-based approach, which offers a broad-based perspective of security incidents.

"Strong analysis has become increasingly important in helping responders more effectively mitigate the security vulnerabilities posed by malware," said Rob Kraus, director of Solutionary's SERT. "However, the benefits of malware analysis extend beyond its immediate use in incident response. Our white paper also gives readers insight into how the results of malware analysis also provide the global intelligence needed to help avoid future compromises."

To download a copy of the complete white paper and learn more about how malware analysis can improve security within your organization, please visit http://solutionary.com/index/intelligence-center/white-papers.php.

About Solutionary
Solutionary is the leading pure-play managed security services provider. Solutionary reduces the information security and compliance burden, delivering flexible managed security services that align with client goals, enhancing organizations' existing security program, infrastructure and personnel. The company's services are based on experienced security professionals, global threat intelligence from the Solutionary Security Engineering Research Team (SERT) and the patented, cloud-based ActiveGuard® service platform. Solutionary works as an extension of clients' internal teams, providing industry-leading customer service, patented technology, thought leadership, years of innovation and proprietary certifications that exceed industry standards. This client focus and dedication to customer service enables Solutionary to boast a client retention rate of over 98%. Solutionary provides 24/7 services to mid-market and global, enterprise clients through multiple security operations centers (SOCs) in North America. For more information, visit www.solutionary.com.

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