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MRG Effitas is an established supplier of world-class exploit protection testing.

Exploit Protection Testing

An exploit is a piece of code or a document that interacts with an existing piece of software to bring about undesired behaviour that will allow malicious software to interact on a computer. A lot of infections occur through a specific vulnerability or issue with a piece of software.

If you upload a particular configuration of the software this will instigate a malware downloader dropper. The renowned 2017 NHS hack made use of an exploit, meaning that if someone hadn’t patched their endpoint properly they would be vulnerable to the exploit.

Exploit development by hackers is a dark art. Exploit kits can trigger their malicious code only in specific circumstances – e.g. they work within a specific IP range, time of day and so on. It is very difficult to artificially stimulate exploits to work in order to test their impact on software and the ability of software to protect against them. The expert team at Effitas can do this and can record network traffic, meaning we are uniquely placed to test and assess against exploits.

Much of the testing we do in this arena is provided by us as a white label service to other organisations as a priority and highly confidential service.

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Case Study: Webroot

Webroot has worked with MRG Effitas over the past several years due to their unique capacity to test efficacy functionality that goes beyond simply blocking a threat. While Effitas does understand that prevention is important, they were the first to introduce testing that looked at detection of specific malicious behaviors by using malware simulation tools to replicate what behaviors were being encountered in the wild.

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