­­­­­­­­­­­NGAV (Next-Generation Antivirus)

In this edition of Cybersecurity Terms & Definitions, Accellis Technology Group Director of Cybersecurity, Tom Fazio, has defined NGAV (Next-Generation Antivirus).

Next-Generation Antivirus takes traditional antivirus software to a new, advanced level of endpoint security protection.

NGAV is the natural (and much needed) evolution of traditional Antivirus that protects computers from the full spectrum of modern cyber attacks, without any extra CPU resources. NGAV speaks to a fundamentally different technical approach in the way malicious activity is detected and blocked and communicates with our SOCaaS (Security Operations Center as a Service), so that all logging is captured, and an entire threat landscape can be recognized.

NGAV takes a system-centric view of endpoint security, examining every process on every endpoint to algorithmically detect and block the malicious tools, tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTP’s) on which attackers rely.

It uses predictive analytics driven by machine learning and artificial intelligence and combines with threat intelligence to:

  • Detect and prevent malware and fileless non-malware attacks
  • Identify malicious behavior and TTPs from unknown sources
  • Collect and analyze comprehensive endpoint data to determine root causes
  • Respond to new and emerging threats that previously go undetected.

Why Traditional Antivirus Software No Longer Works

Attackers have found the weaknesses in an organization’s network perimeter security and can easily bypass traditional antivirus software. These attackers will target network vulnerabilities that leverage:

  • Memory-based attacks
  • PowerShell scripting language
  • Remote logins
  • Macro-based attacks

NGAV has the ability to save your organization money while reducing its operational risk via automated visibility, in-depth analysis, and real-time containment for all endpoint devices in your network.

Read Part 1 of our Cybersecurity Terms & Definitions blog series: Vulnerability Management (VM)
Read Part 2 of our Cybersecurity Terms & Definitions blog series: Pen Test

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