Demystifying a Common Cybersecurity Myth


One of the most common misconceptions in file upload cybersecurity is that certain tools are “enough” on their own—this is simply not the case. In our latest whitepaper OPSWAT CEO and Founder, Benny Czarny, takes a comprehensive look at what it takes to prevent malware threats in today’s ever-evolving file upload security landscape, and a big part of that is understanding where the pitfalls are, and how to avoid them.

The first step in that process is understanding that three commonly used tools or solutions are not enough on their own. Let’s explore this concept and take a closer look at a better solution.

Modern web applications are complex, utilizing internet-connected IT systems that interface with critical OT systems, as well as leveraging a wide range of cloud providers and protocols. All these systems transfer and store highly sensitive and valuable data across government, healthcare, power, financial, and other critical sectors the world over, carrying with them threats capable of causing severe damage.

Securing file uploads to detect and prevent malware infiltration is critical. As this threat vector grows and the attack surface spreads, ensuring that these sectors remain secure becomes of the utmost importance. This is why building—and enforcing—a reliable and proven security strategy is paramount moving forward.

One tool on its own is simply not enough. Here are three commonly used tools that, when used on their own to secure file uploads, do not offer adequate protection and why that is the case:

So, if you can’t rely on these methods alone, what is the answer? This is one of the spaces OPSWAT has spent the last 20 years innovating in. Our MetaDefender Platform layers in market-leading and globally trusted technologies to form an easy to deploy, integrated-by-design, defense-in-depth cybersecurity strategy for securing file uploads.

As the effectiveness of single anti-malware solutions for static analysis varies anywhere from 6% to 76%, we decided to integrate multiple commercially available ones into our solution and benefit from their combined power. With more than 30 leading anti-malware engines working simultaneously, our efficacy rates are just shy of 100% while being optimized for speed.

To further bolster our defenses, we pioneered a unique methodology, referred to as Deep Content Disarm and Reconstruction (Deep CDR). Awarded a AAA, 100% Protection rating from SE Labs, our unique technology provides comprehensive prevention-based security for file uploads by neutralizing potential threats before they can cause harm. It evaluates and verifies the file type and consistency and validates file extensions to prevent masquerading and alerts organizations if they are under attack. Then it separates files into discrete components and removes potentially harmful objects and rebuilds usable files, reconstructing metadata, preserving all file characteristics.

OPSWAT’s Proactive Data Loss Prevention (DLP) module was developed specifically to address the growing concerns of compliance and regulation, data leakage and risks associated with file uploads. Our solution detects and protects sensitive information within various file types, including text, image, and video-based patterns.

To overcome the limitations of traditional sandboxing, OPSWAT developed a unique emulation-based sandbox with adaptive threat analysis. By pairing it with our Multiscanning and Deep CDR technologies it provides a comprehensive multi-layered approach to malware detection and prevention. Our emulation-based approach can swiftly de-obfuscate and dissect even the most complex, state-of-the-art, and environment-aware malware in under 15 seconds.

These are only some of the technologies that power the MetaDefender Platform. Like the modules detailed in this article, there are more that are purpose-built to meet the varied use-cases and needs of critical infrastructure protection. Like the threat landscape around us, we are driving innovation forward to step up and stay ahead of the latest threats.

We encourage you to read the whole whitepaper here, and when you’re ready to discover why OPSWAT is the critical advantage in file upload cybersecurity, talk to one of our experts for a free demo.


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