ESET Deep Behavioral Inspection enables deeper monitoring of unknown & suspicious processes

BRATISLAVA, February 25, 2020 – Today, ESET released a white paper focusing on ESET Deep Behavioral Inspection (DBI) – the latest enhancement of the system specifically designed to perform advanced behavioral analysis and detection known as ESET Host-based Intrusion Prevention System (HIPS).

“Cyber criminals will go to great lengths to achieve their ultimate goal –stealing information, computing resources or money.  Apart  from social  engineering  techniques, they employ  technical tricks such  as obfuscation, encryption, and process injection, designed to help their code avoid detection by built-in as well as third-party security solutions,”explains ESET Security Awareness Specialist Ondrej Kubovič. “ESET DBI, together with  other  HIPS modules,represents an  important  protective layer that can detect and report these tricks and thus block malicious activity on the targeted system,”he adds.

Deep Behavioral Inspection,as one of the latest technological additions to the ESET HIPS framework,can be  found in  the  latest  edition of ESET products for both home and  business users. DBI includes new detection heuristics and enables an even   deeper user-mode monitoring of unknown,suspicious processes. This is accomplished via hooks created by DBI within unknown, potentially harmful processes and monitoring of their activity and requests to the operating system. If malicious behavior is detected, DBI mitigates the activity and informs the user. If the process is suspicious, but does not show clear signs of malicious behavior, HIPS can also use the data gathered by  DBI to run further analysis via its other modules.

ESET Host-based Intrusion Prevention System is a detection technology specifically  created to monitor and scan behavioral events from running processes, files and  registry keys,looking for  suspicious activity. It focuses on a variety of malicious behaviors used either to wreak havoc on a victim’s device or to avoid detection by security solutions. The list of HIPS modules includes:

  • Advanced Memory Scanner (AMS)
  • Exploit Blocker (EB)
  • Ransomware Shield(RS)
  • Deep Behavioral Inspection (DBI)

(Image below: Schematic of how DBI fits into the existing HIPS process monitoring layer)

For more details on the inner workings of ESET HIPS read the latest white paper, “ESET Deep Behavioral Inspection” on https://www.welivesecurity.com/. Make  sure  to follow ESET research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research.




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