Finjan Touts Smarter Web Security Tools

 
 
By Matt Hines  |  Posted 2006-11-27 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The company's Vital Security Version 8.4 updates the software used in Finjan's Web security appliances, adding new types of protection against emerging threats.

Network appliance maker Finjan released an updated version of its Internet security software on Nov. 27, claiming new capabilities for identifying and defeating Web-based IT threats. Dubbed Vital Security Version 8.4, the software will be made available as a free download to all users of the companys existing network security appliances, and promises to allow the devices to protect corporate networks from emerging blends of malicious code that may elude traditional signature-based applications. For advice on how to secure your network and applications, as well as the latest security news, visit Ziff Davis Internets Security IT Hub.
Such tools rely on lists of previously identified malware threats to help protect companies against viruses and other attacks. However, Finjan, based in San Jose, Calif., claims that its softwares onboard Web site behavior-monitoring and URL-blocking features allow it to filter out many malware programs that have yet to be discovered by researchers.
Among the functional upgrades in the new version of the package are tools for deciphering obfuscated code, or hackers attempts to hide their malicious programs within larger pieces of software. By looking for techniques commonly used by malware writers, the software can isolate areas of an application where an attack may be hidden and draw conclusions about the scope of the attack based on the information the hacker is trying to hide, Finjan officials said. Another added feature is the softwares new traffic "sniffing" technology, which can be used by enterprises to test network activity without slowing down performance of their systems. One of the biggest hurdles to improving enterprise security today is the compromise most companies must make in balancing network-based malware testing and performance, said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, chief technology officer at Finjan.
A spam surge is linked to Russian botnet herders. Click here to read more. "Were hearing more over the last six months that large enterprises are pushing for wider deployment of these types of network security tools, pushing into the hundreds of thousands of users, but they can only do this if they see no impact on [the] end user experience," Ben-Itzhak said. "Companies also need the ability to provide consistent security for large IT deployments distributed over wide geographies, and this appliance approach allows them to do that." In addition to code improvements that will allow Finjan appliances to run 30 percent faster than when using previous iterations of the software, company officials detailed a range of configuration and management features in Vital Security Version 8.4 they said would improve ease-of-use and installation of the devices. Another addition in the package is the softwares so-called X-Ray mode, which offers companies a chance to test new security settings on live traffic streams before pushing the security changes onto desktops. In allowing companies greater flexibility for tailoring the softwares URL filtering controls, Finjan said it has also taken a step forward in empowering companies to allow workers to use a wider range of Web sites without putting their organizations at risk. The newest version of Vital Security Web Appliance promises to protect against a wide range of threats, including spyware, phishing attacks and Trojan viruses. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center for the latest security news, reviews and analysis. And for insights on security coverage around the Web, take a look at Ryan Naraines eWEEK Security Watch blog.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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