The Check Point Threat Prevention Solution

Threat Prevention Components

To challenge today's malware landscape, Check Point's comprehensive Threat Prevention solution offers a multi-layered, pre- and post-infection defense approach and a consolidated platform that enables enterprise security to detect and block modern malware.

These Threat Prevention Software Blades are available:

Each Software Blade gives unique network protections. When combined, they supply a strong Threat Prevention solution. Data from malicious attacks are shared between the Threat Prevention Software Blades and help to keep your network safe. For example, the signatures from threats that Threat Emulation identifies are added to the ThreatCloud for use by the other Threat Prevention blades.

IPS

The IPS Software Blade delivers complete and proactive intrusion prevention. It delivers 1,000s of signatures, behavioral and preemptive protections. It gives another layer of security on top of Check Point Firewall technology. IPS protects both clients and servers, and lets you control the network usage of certain applications. The hybrid IPS detection engine provides multiple defense layers, which allows it excellent detection and prevention capabilities of known threats and in many cases future attacks as well. It also allows unparalleled deployment and configuration flexibility and excellent performance.

Check Point constantly updates the library of protections to stay ahead of emerging threats.

For example, some malware can be downloaded by a user unknowingly when he browses to a legitimate web site, also known as a drive-by-download. This malware can exploit a browser vulnerability to create a special HTTP response and sending it to the client. IPS can identify and block this type of attack even though the firewall may be configured to allow the HTTP traffic to pass.

Anti-Bot

A bot is malicious software that can infect your computer. It is possible to infect a computer when you open attachments that exploit a vulnerability, or go to a web site that results in a malicious download.

One bot can often create multiple threats. Bots are frequently used as part of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) where cyber criminals try to damage individuals or organizations.

The Anti-Bot Software Blade detects and prevents these bot and botnet threats. A botnet is a collection of compromised and infected computers.

After the discovery of bot infected machines, the Anti-Bot Software Blade blocks outbound communication to C&C sites based on the Rule Base. This neutralizes the threat and makes sure that no sensitive information is sent out.

Anti-Virus

Malware is a major threat to network operations that has become increasingly dangerous and sophisticated. Examples include worms, blended threats (combinations of malicious code and vulnerabilities for infection and dissemination) and trojans.

The Anti-Virus Software Blade scans incoming and outgoing files to detect and prevent these threats, and provides pre-infection protection from malware contained in these files. The Anti-Virus blade is also supported by the Threat Prevention API (see Threat Prevention API).

SandBlast

Cyber-threats continue to multiply and now it is easier than ever for criminals to create new malware that can easily bypass existing protections. On a daily basis, these criminals can change the malware signature and make it virtually impossible for signature-based products to protect networks against infection. To get ahead, enterprises need a multi-faceted prevention strategy that combines proactive protection that eliminates threats before they reach users. With Check Point's Threat Emulation and Threat Extraction technologies, SandBlast provides zero-day protection against unknown threats that cannot be identified by signature-based technologies.

Threat Emulation

Threat Emulation gives networks the necessary protection against unknown threats in web downloads and e-mail attachments. The Threat Emulation engine picks up malware at the exploit phase, before it enters the network. It quickly quarantines and runs the files in a virtual sandbox, which imitates a standard operating system, to discover malicious behavior before hackers can apply evasion techniques to bypass the sandbox.

If the file is found not to be malicious, you can download the file after the emulation is complete.

To learn more about Threat Emulation (see The Threat Emulation Solution).

Threat Extraction

Threat Extraction is supported on R77.30 and higher.

The Threat Extraction blade extracts potentially malicious content from files before they enter the corporate network. To remove possible threats, the Threat Extraction does one of these two actions:

  • Extracts exploitable content out of the file, or

  • Creates a safe copy of the file by converting it to PDF

Threat Extraction delivers the reconstructed file to users and blocks access to the original suspicious version, while Threat Emulation analyzes the file in the background. This way, users have immediate access to content, and can be confident they are protected from the most advanced malware and zero-day threats.

Threat Emulation runs in parallel to Threat Extraction for version R80.10 and above.

Assigning Administrators for Threat Prevention

You can control the administrator Threat Prevention permissions with a customized Permission Profile. The customized profile can have different Read/Write permissions for Threat Prevention policy, settings, profiles and protections.

Analyzing Threats

Networks today are more exposed to cyber-threats than ever. This creates a challenge for organizations in understanding the security threats and assessing damage. SmartConsole helps the security administrator find the cause of cyber-threats, and remediate the network.

The Logs & Monitor > Logs view presents the threats as logs.

The other views in the Logs & Monitor view combine logs into meaningful security events. For example, malicious activity that occurred on a host in the network in a selected time interval (the last hour, day, week or month). They also show pre- and post-infections statistics.

You can create rich and customizable views and reports for log and event monitoring, which inform key stakeholders about security activities. For each log or event, you can see a lot of useful information from the ThreatWiki and IPS Advisories about the malware, the virus or the attack.