The Real Value of Bit9
This is where the real value of Bit9 comes into play. Based on extensive research, the company has created a hash value for tens of thousands of published applications. Parity 4.1 uses the hashed values of files found on individual systems to compare and identify applications in the production environment. Parity also provides the ParityCenter (which is included in the subscription license and is provided with a 10 percent annual fee for perpetual customers). The ParityCenter reports back what it knows about the identified files-for example, the file publisher, if the file contains malware as identified by ParityCenter anti-virus and code analysis tools. Based on ParityCenter recommendations, I quickly approved most of the software found on my test systems.
Further, the Parity Server used information from ParityCenter to pass judgment on these files, such as using the new application categorization feature to call out peer-to-peer and other potentially problematic programs for easy identification.