Realtime prevention of JavaScript cyberattacks, by Rohde & Schwarz

Realtime prevention of JavaScript cyberattacks, by Rohde & Schwarz

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By Graham Prophet

To offer enterprises and organizations advanced network solutions for protection against script-based cyberattacks, IT security vendor Infotecs uses the realtime JavaScript detection and extraction capabilities of Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity’s DPI engine in its next-generation firewall.


JavaScript attacks are devastating, especially for companies and organizations. Not only do they have to deal with data breach and damage to their reputation but also with direct costs. In particular, the advent of ransomware coded in JavaScript presents a new challenge for IT security administrators. According to security experts, ransomware cybercriminals took in about $1billion (US$) in 2016. This figure – and the frequency of attacks on organizations – is expected to grow to unprecedented levels in 2017.


IT security vendor Infotecs opted to embed JavaScript content & metadata extraction capabilities developed by Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity in its next-generation firewall.


JavaScript, as a major technology for building web content, is a popular tool for cybercriminals who abuse the programming language for malicious attacks. Particularly, cross-site scripting (XSS) and cross-site request forgery (CSRF) attacks are typical JavaScript security threats that top the list of web application vulnerabilities provided by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP).


Cross-site scripting enables attackers to use JavaScript to inject malicious scripts into web pages viewed by unsuspecting users. The script allows cybercriminals to steal sensitive user data, tamper with accounts, spread malware or steal financial credentials. The highly critical XSS security flaw in Yahoo’s consumer email service back in 2016 is one example of how a script-based attack can allow cybercriminals to read any user’s emails and affect millions of user accounts.


R&S PACE 2 – the Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine by Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity – enables Infotecs’ ViPNet xFirewall to inspect web content for potential malicious or injected code and to block Javascript threats in realtime. This way, R&S PACE 2 and the ViPNet xFirewall ensure network security without compromising on performance.


Infotecs ViPNet xFirewall is a next-generation firewall that offers effective multi-level network security for business processes and protection against modern cyberattacks. In addition to application awareness (DPI mechanism), the ViPNet xFirewall includes inline configuration, stateful inspection, integrated antivirus and identity awareness.


“We saw a strong need to protect our customers against JavaScript-based attacks and are now pleased to offer them an innovative firewall which can cope with these security issues,” says Josef Waclaw, CEO at Infotecs GmbH, adding “The content and metadata extraction functionality provided by the Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity DPI engine R&S PACE 2 allows us to better identify and investigate dynamic web content in order to protect our customers from threats, such as sensitive data theft and tampering.”


More about how IT security equipment vendors use the protocol and application classification engine R&S PACE 2 to enhance their network protection products and to add value for their customers:


Rohde & Schwarz Cybersecurity develops and produces technologically leading solutions for information and network security, including highly secure encryption solutions, next generation firewalls and software for network analysis and endpoint security. Around 450 people are employed at locations in Germany, France and Denmark. As a result of the acquisition of DenyAll, the portfolio now includes vulnerability scanners and firewalls for business-critical web applications.




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