ForgeRock Partners with FireEye to Better Identify Malware

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    Given the variety of devices that most end users now have access to, determining who actually owns the systems that have been compromised by malware can be something of a challenge.

    To address that issue, ForgeRock, a provider of identity management software, announced this week a partnership with FireEye, a provider of advanced malware detection software, under which the two vendors will be able to share security information between their respective products.

    Daniel Raskin, vice president of strategy for ForgeRock, says this alliance will make it possible for IT organizations to more easily identify patterns of risky behavior based on end-user behavior versus simply tracking individual devices and applications.

    In general, FireEye in recent months has emerged as one of the leading IT security forensics tools that is backed up by extensive analytics delivered as a service. Raskin says that the one thing no one has done yet is to integrate identity management software with an advanced IT analytics platform.

    As IT security threats clearly become both more targeted and lethal, identifying malware as quickly as possible has become a major issue. More often than not, malware is sitting idle for months, which in theory should give IT organizations time to discover. The challenge, of course, is that the quality of malware detection software until recently has been fairly limited. The good news: Not only are malware detection tools improving, but so is the information needed to correlate what that malware is trying to accomplish and specifically who it is aimed at.

    Mike Vizard
    Mike Vizard
    Michael Vizard is a seasoned IT journalist, with nearly 30 years of experience writing and editing about enterprise IT issues. He is a contributor to publications including Programmableweb, IT Business Edge, CIOinsight and UBM Tech. He formerly was editorial director for Ziff-Davis Enterprise, where he launched the company’s custom content division, and has also served as editor in chief for CRN and InfoWorld. He also has held editorial positions at PC Week, Computerworld and Digital Review.

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