FireEye Inc. released a report Dec. 19 indicating it has identified 11 ‘Zero-Day’ cyber attacks so far in 2013, an advanced kind of cyber attack that exploits ‘previously unknown vulnerabilities in widely deployed software programs’ and make it difficult to detect subsequent malicious activity, the company said.
In addressing the findings, FireEye CEO David DeWalt said “today’s advanced attacks require a fundamentally different approach to security” and laid out the company’s multi-national approach to doing just that.
DeWalt said FireEye’s efforts combine intelligence from more than 2 million virtual machines, cyber threat research and incident response and forensic experts.
Company researchers contribute their efforts from locations in California, Virginia, Singapore, India, and Ireland, with the company operating Cyber Forensic Labs to support customers with evidence acquisition, chain of custody, and investigations.
The company’s virtual machines compile introduce information into a cloud computing tool to “observe attack patterns” while its discovery centers analyze current and past advanced persistent threat campaigns.
This includes characterizing attacks by:
- technical footprint
- target industry