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Bit9 Announces Platform Designed to Defend Against APTs

RSA Conference News

SAN FRANCISCO – RSA CONFERENCE 2012 - Bit9, the company best known for its application whitelisting technology, today announced a platform that the company says will help protect all enterprise endpoints, servers and private clouds from cyber-attacks that often make their way past other anti-virus and behavioral security solutions.

Called the “Bit9 Advanced Threat Protection Platform”, the company says the solution is based on understanding what is trustworthy inside an enterprise. By understanding what is trusted and having visibility into all software that is running at all times, organizations are more likely to be able to defend against advanced persistent threats.

Bit9 LogoThere are four components to Bit9’s Advanced Threat Protection Platform that work together: Trust, Detect, Protect and Measure – Bit9 Explains each in detail:

Trust: For a proactive security posture – organizations must understand the trustworthiness of all software within their environment. Establishing the trust of software running in an enterprise reduces risk and protects enterprises from advanced threats. By understanding and enforcing only trusted software, organizations also are able to improve operational efficiency and lower costs by reducing helpdesk costs and no longer having to reimage machines.

Detect: The second component of the platform is the quick detection of high-risk files and users. Enterprises must understand, in real-time, everything that is arriving inside of their systems, and gain visibility into all critical system resources. Bit9’s real-time sensor provides enterprises with the visibility needed for compliance and to provide a complete audit trail of everything that has happened across the system.

Protect: The third component of Bit9’s platform is to protect core intellectual property by ensuring the security of an enterprises’ assets. A policy enforcement engine provides trust-based application control and whitelisting to enforce user and context-based policies dynamically. Rather than having a single policy for everybody, Bit9 allows enterprises to configure policies for different user communities and server environments. The power of this protection is that with Bit9, enterprises are able to protect all of their intellectual property and assets from advanced threats, including servers, virtual machines, desktops, laptops and fixed function devices.

Measure: Lastly, enterprises must consistently and continuously create real-time, actionable intelligence on their endpoints so they can measure what is happening in their systems. Bit9’s platform provides automated reporting that can be used for monitoring compliance and audits, allowing administrators to be alerted of any unexpected activity or event. Bit9 also analyzes the data so enterprises can improve their security posture as needed.

“The largest unsanctioned transfer of intellectual property in history is occurring right now,” said Patrick Morley, President and CEO of Bit9. “As companies increasingly rely on their IP to give themselves a competitive advantage in the global marketplace, nation states, hacktivists and cybercriminal groups are making trade secrets and other proprietary information a prime target. Bit9 is committed to helping enterprises create a trusted environment to protect their valuable IP.”

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