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Characterizing and Prioritizing Malicious Code

May 2014 Podcast
Jose A. Morales, Julia H. Allen

In this podcast, Jose Morales discusses how to prioritize malware samples, helping analysts to identify the most destructive malware to examine first.

Publisher:

CERT

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Abstract

Every day, major anti-virus companies and research organizations are inundated with new malware samples. Although estimates vary, approximately 150,000 new malware strains are released each day. Not enough manpower exists to manually address the volume of new malware samples that arrive daily in analysts' queues. Malware analysts need an approach that allows them to sort samples in a fundamental way so they can assign priority to the most malicious binary files.

In this podcast, Jose Morales, a malicious software researcher with the CERT Division, discusses an approach for prioritizing malware samples, helping analysts to identify the most destructive malware to examine first, based on the binary file's execution behavior and its potential impact.

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