Announcing General Availability of Cb Defense, Winter 2016 Release
We’re thrilled to announce that the Winter 2016 Release of Cb Defense is now Generally Available to all customers, partners, and prospects! It is available as of 12/5/2016.
We held a thorough early access program with a fantastic group of beta customers, and they but this new release through the ringer. They threw lots of different malware against it, tested deployment and installation, evaluated the performance on users’ desktop, and asked their users what they thought. Here’s some of what they had to say:
“Tested against a number of viruses and they all came up as blocked.”
“Have tested Cryptolocker and Locky — all blocked.”
“Notification is good, very simple for the user.”
“Haven’t run into any performance issues. All working very smoothly.”
What’s New In This Release
We’ve made a number of improvements to our prevention engine with this release so that Cb Defense will continue to stop more attacks than competitors, and we’ve also made it easier for customers to replace their legacy antivirus solution. Here’s what you’ll find in this release:
Enhanced prevention engine that stops attacks earlier and offers big improvements in offline protection
The core local prevention engine has been upgraded with a variety of technical enhancements that will stop more attacks earlier in the kill chain, while also offering big improvements in how Cb Defense prevents attacks while offline. These enhancements apply across the board: with reputation services, machine learning, predictive analytics, and signatures working together to achieve the best possible prevention capabilities.
Continued advancements in behavioral prevention to stop more attacks out-of-the-box
This release includes a number of advancements that help to stop some of the scariest emerging attacks — whether malware or non-malware. Updated policies and algorithms improve prevention for ransomware attacks, credential harvesting, powershell attacks, and Office attacks. We’ve also beefed up prevention for threats that use PDFs, JAR, and macros, based on the latest attack trends our threat research team is tracking across our customer base and the market at large.
Machine Learning-based detection via the Collective Defense Cloud
Our Collective Defense Cloud, where the intelligence and analytics that power Cb Defense lies, continues to be enhanced on a regular basis. With this release, Cb Defense is taking advantage of new cloud capabilities that analyze millions of attacks across Carbon Black’s entire customer base to improve behavioral detection and spot emerging threats. The Collective Defense Cloud also has new technologies that extract malware features & classify malware behavior, which feed Cb Defense’s endpoint prevention engine.
End-user notification of blocked attacks
Finally, Cb Defense has new capabilities to automatically alert end-users when an attack has been blocked. This creates a more intuitive experience for end-users and an easier overall experience for administrators.
How To Get It
Existing Cb Defense customers will receive an automatic back-end upgrade to Cb Defense, and you may choose how and when to upgrade sensors. Also check out the user guide and release notes.
Please note while this release is backward compatible with existing sensors, the Cb Defense 2.x sensor is not compatible with older versions of Windows, specifically Windows XP, Vista and 2003. See this note for further details.
If you have any questions about this release, please contact our technical support team and we’ll be happy to help!