The 'after' protection market has been predicted to grow massively in the future.
Speaking to SC Magazine at the Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Oliver Friedrichs, senior vice president of the cloud technology group at Sourcefire, said that technologies from the likes of Mandiant, Guidance Software, Damballa and its own advanced malware protection (AMP and FireAmp) solutions are boosting a $200-400 million market.
Friedrichs said: “The problem is trying to solve a before, during and after market. During is about intrusion detection and protection to detect what comes in. with after. This is interesting as forensic tools are in the market and what we users spend on is recovery with services and a recovery angle for diagnostics and I think this side will rise dramatically.
“The before side is where users have invested and the 'during' concept is half of that and that has the potential to address knowledge of 'after' issues. It is about how you perceive the challenge and this is a way to address it.”
He said that 'after' technologies offer an ability to determine who accessed a network, how they got in and focus on detection and do 'advanced machine learning'.
“You do need automated analysis as with human analytics, this is very limited and you are relying on algorithms and good or bad categories,” he said.
“The problem of 'after' research is that attacks get better and security technology is less about the network and more about the endpoint, but anti-virus detections are less than 50 per cent, so it is not about what is inside but how you find it and we see an opportunity for newer technologies for advanced threats.”
Asked if he felt there was a better option in choosing a service or a product, Friedrichs said that he chooses technology as it does not require people to be involved and the process has to be resilient, to record activity and perpetually feed information on the threat and what happened.
“Look at anti-virus, intrusion prevention; they are collecting at one point but don't remember what happened,” he said.
“It is the concept of content analysis and Big Data, which you don't have to retain, we say you store it in the cloud and analyse it. FireAmp stores the data in the cloud and tracks incidents and where things came from.”