Bank of America has filed a patent for a system that detects and addresses breaches in computing systems using network traffic monitoring. The system identifies technology elements and their relationships within a network to determine the network topology. It then uses historical network traffic data to predict entry points and pathways of a security breach. Based on this information, the system generates and implements remediation steps to address existing and future breaches, enhancing the security of the computing network. GlobalData’s report on Bank of America gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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System for detecting and remediating computing system breaches

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Bank of America Corp

A recently filed patent (Publication Number: US20230319079A1) describes a system for detecting and remediating computing system breaches by monitoring a downstream technology element. The system includes a memory device with computer-readable program code, a communication device, and a processing device. The processing device is configured to execute the program code to perform various tasks.

Firstly, the system can detect the topology of one or more computing systems in a network, including an upstream technology element and a downstream technology element. It can retrieve historical network traffic logs from these systems and use them to detect data transfers between the upstream and downstream technology elements. Based on these transfers, the system generates a ranked list of likelihood scores that reflect the likelihood of lateral movement of a vector from the upstream to the downstream technology element. Using this ranked list, the system can automatically implement remediation steps associated with the vector.

The system can also utilize historical network traffic logs stored on different computing systems to identify outgoing data transfers from the upstream technology element and match them with incoming data transfers to the downstream technology element. Additionally, it can generate a computed hash of the origin network traffic log and compare it with a validation hash from an integrity validation data store to execute a validation check.

Furthermore, the system can generate a graph database based on the topology of the computing systems in the network. This graph database represents the relationship between the upstream and downstream technology elements through the data transfers.

To generate the ranked list of likelihood scores, the system identifies parameters associated with the data transfers and computes increases or decreases to the scores based on these parameters. Examples of parameters include vector intelligence data, data transfer type, and operating system version.

The system's remediation steps can include applying software updates, implementing a network segmentation scheme, performing a system wipe, disabling a software element, or disabling a hardware element.

In summary, the patent describes a system that can detect and remediate computing system breaches by monitoring a downstream technology element. It utilizes historical network traffic logs, generates a ranked list of likelihood scores, and automatically implements remediation steps based on this list. The system also includes features such as validation checks, graph database generation, and parameter-based scoring.

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