Security

Today's Blended Threats: Identifying and Stopping the Growing Problem of Web-Based Attacks

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Executive Summary

Organizations of all sizes continue to be challenged by increasingly sophisticated security threats. Attackers, motivated by financial gain, are constantly inventing new ways to penetrate corporate defenses and access valuable data. Their tools include new zero-day attacks, targeted threats, use of mass variant attacks and now, blended threats delivered via email. These threats are designed to evade traditional signature-based security products and comprise an ever-growing percentage of malware. Blended threats, in particular, have become a popular means of distributing malware. They exploit the "Blind spot" in typical signature-based anti-virus products by drawing users to websites where malware is downloaded, often without being initiated by the user.

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