The numbers of data breaches are increasing rapidly over the years. There are various products and security solutions which are used to block malware, viruses, ransomware and etc but they have somehow failed to stop them. Many organizations have faced one or more endpoint attack in the past year despite having the best cybersecurity solutions. The attacks on the endpoints further results in data breaches.
The question is why the cyber attackers still getting through despite having the best cybersecurity solutions. Given below are few points which the cybercriminals use to bypass the endpoint protection security.
This is a scripted malware, which runs in an existing application or uses the installed window components. If there is no new software installed through which so many traditional defenses are bypassed. The cybercriminal encrypts the trusted communication channels to exfiltrate the data.
Such attacks are likely to result in a successful data breach. In 2017, 30% of such attack has lead to data breach and in 2018 it has increased to 35%. It is vital for firms to use cyber products like PowerShell.
Hosting malicious sites on popular infrastructure
Companies use different cyber products which helps them in defending against phishing attacks by preventing them from clicking on malicious links. They check the IP address before so that it might not be associated with any malware campaign.
Once the malware enters the system, it communicates back to the command-and-control(C&C) and gets instruction for what to do next and exfiltrate data. Such communication channels should be disguised if the C&C server is hosted by a legitimate platform.
Poisoning legitimate applications and utilities
Every company uses third-party apps, tools, and utilities. The cybercriminal may compromise those APPs, application, and utilities by getting into the company which has developed it and open the source project by getting the codebase and then install malicious code in those applications.
Sandbox evasion is a very useful technique used by the cybercriminals to break the endpoints and install malware into a system. In this method, an unknown malware is exploded within a safe virtual environment where the attacker constantly modifies the malware which is not possible for the signature-based defense to identify.
Taking down the security agents
Every firm uses various endpoint security protection for their devices but it is not always effective. To start, the agents overlap, collide and interfere with one another and after a given time 7% of endpoints protection goes missing and 21% have outdated systems.
Even if the firm has the endpoint protection security installed, up-to-date and fully effective, once attackers gain a foothold, they use several ways to turn off endpoint protection services.