Cisco has come up with a whole new way to fight malware.
On Tuesday, the company unveiled a new smart network system. Using machine learning, the network's Encrypted Traffic Analytics software can sort through internet data to look for telltale signs of malicious software.
The service is specifically designed to detect malware in encrypted traffic, and Cisco says it has a 99 percent accuracy rate doing so.
“Cisco’s Encrypted Traffic Analytics solves a network security challenge previously thought to be unsolvable,” David Goeckeler, SVP and GM of networking and security, told the crowd today at a media event in San Francisco.
Malware sent through encrypted files is a major source of security breaches. Technologists have struggled to detect such malware without decrypting files, meaning they've faced a trade off between security and privacy.