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Intercept X: seeing the future is the future of cybersecurity

Today Sophos very excitedly announced the launch of the latest version of Intercept X.

This release builds upon the incredible results they’ve already seen with Intercept X, with new features that stop not only known threats dead in their tracks, but also those no-one has ever seen before.

At the heart of the latest release is the introduction of deep learning, an advanced form of machine learning.  With deep learning, Intercept X is more powerful than any security solution that relies on standard machine learning or signature-based detection alone.

Using the industry’s best malware detection engine, Intercept X is able to predict whether a file is malicious or potentially unwanted without having ever seen it before, and without needing to run the file. This signature-less approach results in better detection rates, with lower false positives and no negative impact on performance.

When combined with other advanced features such as anti-exploit, CryptoGuard anti-ransomware, and root cause analysis, Intercept X stops the widest range of attacks with the most comprehensive endpoint protection available.

The addition of deep learning is a massive leap forward for Intercept X, which was recently named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms for the tenth year in a row. However, Sophos didn’t stop with the addition of deep learning. Intercept X now also includes new and enhanced exploit prevention techniques and active adversary mitigations.

These include credential theft protection to prevent the theft of authentication information, code cave detection to stop malicious code hidden inside legitimate applications, and application procedure call abuse prevention to eliminate the techniques used to spread ransomware in attacks such as WannaCry and NotPetya. Also included are new protections against malicious process migration, process privilege escalation, and application verifier protection.

To learn more about the latest release, visit the new re-designed Intercept X webpage, read the datasheet on deep learning or download the “What’s New” document.

Article written by Seth Geftic, a Director at Sophos focusing on endpoint security.