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FireEye Delivers Targeted Attack Protection for the Apple Platform
Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 03:57:01 PM


FireEye Advanced Threat Protection NX, AX and Mobile Threat Prevention Platforms Now Offer Microsoft, Apple and Google Android Users Protection from Advanced Cyber Attacks

Milpitas, California - Oct 7, 2014 – FireEye, Inc. (NASDAQ: FEYE), the leader in stopping today's advanced cyber attacks, today announced targeted attack protection for products built on the Apple platform. FireEye will support Apple’s Mac OS X operating system for network protection, iOS for mobile protection to detect known and unknown attacks, and enable analytics with forensic analysis for Apple products. With Mac support incorporated into the FireEye® Network Security Threat Prevention Platform (NX series), FireEye Forensic Analytics (AX series), FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention (MTP) and the FireEye Investigation Analysis System(IAS), the company is the first security vendor to offer an integrated solution to protect Microsoft, Apple and Google Android platforms with technology purpose-built to identify and mitigate advanced persistent threat (APT), zero-day, and targeted attacks.

FireEye Advanced Threat Protection NX and AX with OS X support are generally available now.  The FireEye Mobile Threat Prevention App for iOS will be generally available by the end of 2014.

“As enterprises evolve and the Apple footprint grows within them, advanced threat actors are turning their attacks to Apple products to carry out their work,” said Manish Gupta, senior vice president of products at FireEye. “By adding support for Apple, we are providing the only unified security platform for the top operating systems to protect enterprises from multi-vector attacks. With our proven ability to detect zero-day attacks, both Mac and Windows organizations can now benefit from the industry’s best threat protection.”

According to a report by Forrester Research, almost 50 percent of enterprises support Apple products, 21 percent of information workers use one or more Apple products for work, and executives and senior-level employees – often the prime targets of advanced attackers – represent 41 percent of enterprise Apple users. Such increased use of Apple products has caught the attention of attackers, with FireEye Labs seeing malware callbacks from Macs increase 90 percent month over month from June 2013 to June 2014.  In September, FireEye Labs reported on malware specifically targeting Mac OS X.

“By supporting Apple, FireEye can now protect nearly all personal computers in the enterprise environment from advanced attacks,” said Jon Oltsik, senior principal analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “More importantly, since many executives, researchers and other VIPs who work with intellectual property are frequently Apple users, this new FireEye capability can help focus protection where it’s needed most – high-priority systems where sensitive data and expansive access privileges reside."

The FireEye Multi-vector Virtual Execution™ (MVX™) engine with support for Mac OS X is offered on the FireEye NX 7500 network security platform.  The FireEye MVX engine with Mac support performs multi-flow analysis of traffic flows, files, and Web objects to understand the full context of a cyber attack. The FireEye MVX virtual machine-based detection engine is scalable and evasion resistant, delivering in-line analysis of suspicious content in real-time with minimal false positive alerts. With Mac OS X support incorporated into the MVX detection engine, FireEye is the first security vendor to be able to protect both Windows and Apple users from today’s advanced targeted attacks. The NX Series with Apple support is designed to provide customers with additional benefits including:

  • Zero-day and APT attack detection for Apple Mac OS X users to identify known and unknown threats and stops outbound malware communications
  • Coverage from cyber attacks for Mac and Windows users on enterprise corporate networks, including reduced false-positives and unified management capabilities
  • Integrated malware analysis and network monitoring for malicious images, PDFs, Flash or ZIP/RAR/TNEF archives to stop highly targeted attacks

To support iOS, FireEye will provide a Mobile Threat Prevention App in Apple’s App Store. This app, like its Android sibling, works with MTP Management to provide proactive protection. The iOS MTP app is a lightweight app designed for users of iOS mobile devices to benefit from:

  • Cloud-based analysis providing details on behavior, callbacks and live analysis for iOS apps
  • Display of threat scores of iOS apps, detailing malicious or unwanted behavior within each app, and examining factors associated with endpoint device compromise. The FireEye MTP app alerts mobile users to threats before an app is executed on their device.

Finally, with the FireEye AX 5500 forensic analysis security platform, customers will have enhanced global threat intelligence from the FireEye Dynamic Threat Intelligence™ (DTI™) cloud with data drawn from attacks targeting Macs and the ability to correlate attacks across Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Google Android platforms.

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