NEW YORK, Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- SilverSky, the leading independent provider of cloud-based security software and managed services, today announced that its Targeted Attack Protection (TAP) solution, by design, proactively catches all exploits designed to target the recently disclosed "Unicorn" Internet Explorer bug (CVE-2014-6332).
"The fact that SilverSky TAP catches the exploit out of the box, without any updates, shows the superiority of our proprietary, next generation approach," said John Viega, Executive Vice President of Products, Strategy and Services, SilverSky. "Typical sandbox vendors leave their customers vulnerable during the first few minutes of the attack. SilverSky's approach is truly preventative. We don't let the payload get to our users – period."
This vulnerability, dubbed Unicorn, allows for remote exploitation and 'drive-by' attacks on users of all versions of Internet Explorer, dating back as far as Windows 95. According to NIST, the vulnerability warranted a critical score of 9.3 in all versions of Windows. It was further described as "unicorn" like, due to its rare nature.
"Few people expected such an incredibly pervasive bug that affects all versions of Windows – a mythical unicorn," added Brandon Edwards, vice president of SilverSky Labs. "This vulnerability is proof that unicorns do exist, and we catch them out of the box."
SilverSky TAP, part of SilverSky's Email Protection Services, is a cloud-based service that stops targeted attacks, spear phishing, "longline" phishing, and advanced zero-day exploits without relying on anti-virus signatures, which take time to develop, leaving customers vulnerable in the meantime. In addition to sandboxing, a technique used by other targeted attack solutions, SilverSky TAP uses advanced techniques including statistical analysis, machine learning and static and dynamic analysis to catch attacks that can defeat simple sandboxing.
As part of the broader portfolio of SilverSky Managed Security Services, customers have access to security at all points of the kill chain; providing a rich, in-depth defense strategy that includes web security, employee training, 24/7/365 event monitoring and cross-customer correlation.
SilverSky is the leading independent cloud-based managed security services provider. Our Security-as-a-Service platform delivers cloud-based software and managed services, such as Email Protection Services with advanced Data Loss Prevention, Network Security Services, and Managed Application Services, that protect critical information simply and cost effectively. By tirelessly safeguarding our customers' most important information, we enable growth-minded leaders to pursue their business ambitions without security worry. Our growing customer base includes 5,500 customers in the financial services, retail, healthcare, energy, critical infrastructure and manufacturing sectors. For more information, visit SilverSky.com.