Fileless malware is a significant and increasing threat. While awareness of that fact is growing, there’s still confusion among security practitioners and vendors about the nature of the threat and the requirements for a successful defense strategy. Part of that confusion is because most of the security methods, solutions and routines used to detect and prevent cybersecurity threats remain firmly grounded in addressing file-based attacks.

A recent survey by Ponemon, The 2017 State of Endpoint Security Risk, showed that fileless attacks rose, as a percent of all malware attacks, from 20% in 2016 to 29% in 2017. It estimated that in 2018, fileless attacks would rise to 35%. Of the 54% of respondents that indicated they were compromised by at least one attack, 77% said those successful breaches were from fileless attacks.

The goal of this white paper is to empower you, the security professional, with knowledge you can use to better understand, prepare for and detect fileless threats. In time, fileless malware threats will be commonplace. Educating yourself early can significantly enhance your security readiness today for better security tomorrow.

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