What is a botnet and “command & control”?  Why might botnet activity lead to a data breach?  Malware-infected systems inside your network and others form a botnet by connecting to an attacker’s command and control infrastructure.

Firewalls rely on IP reputation and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to detect suspicious or unusual traffic, which may detect botnet activity. But attackers use domain names and DNS nameservers to stay ahead of IP reputation systems. And advanced malware uses domain generation algorithms, which results in botnet activity that IPS is blind to. Plus, botnet activity happens over any port or protocol. By delivering security at the DNSand IP Layer, Our system can best prevent command & control callbacks and contain breaches.


Identify which systems are compromised

It used to be a question of “if.” Then it was “when.” And now, it is “which.”A sizable business has not one, but many, systems infected with malware even after following best practices. Most security products detect threats at a point of time—visiting a website, receiving an email, downloading or executing a file. But if this action did not trigger an alert, there is little to no ongoing endpoint or network monitoring to detect future botnet activity.


Stop the botnet from phoning home

Your security needs to provide continuous security visibility at the DNS and IP layers for any device, no matter where it’s located.  So when malware attempts to callback to the botnet’s command and control infrastructure days or months later, we can identify which device is infected. Even better, we block the botnet callback to stop a possible breach.  


Identify which systems may be targeted by attacks

Most products alert you to every security event detected, and it’s extremely difficult to distinguish a targeted attack from an opportunistic attack. Our Network Security also reports all botnet activity in a real-time dashboard. It will display details such as the threat type, hosting locations, and in some cases, the attack’s name. Summarizing this intelligence makes it easier to prioritize which systems to remediate first.