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Malware Detection: Are You Really Completely On Guard?
Unfortunately, if you use a computer, or these days a smartphone or tablet, it is likely that you have been the victim of malware—which includes, but is not limited, to such things as viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, adware, rootkits, bugs, and a host of other malicious programs. Not only can these vehicles of destruction be a personal pain, but they can wreak havoc on entire enterprise networks and the computers attached to them.
We are all familiar with the seemingly endless number and variety of solutions that are available for detecting and protecting us from those who would do us harm. However, the question arises as to whether reliance on one or even several solutions provides the kind of protection needed, particularly if you are an IT professional responsible for protecting your enterprises’ mission critical assets.
The simple answer is no. Not a single antivirus program can stop 100 percent of malware. The good news is that software management and security technology provider OPSWAT has a solution called Metascan that can significantly improve antivirus malware detection rates, even for zero day threats.
Deepening your defenses
OPSWAT has dramatically increased the effectiveness of antivirus scanning by combining 20 or more distinct antivirus engines into its Metascan product. It enables users to harness the unique capabilities of multiple antivirus products simultaneously while operating in a single solution.
Metascan is a server application. It provides a local and network programming interface and a variety of fully incorporated and licensed antivirus engines. This means customers can use multiple engine scanning technology in their security architecture. Employing flexible APIs and ready to use clients, Metascan gives customers numerous options for integration into existing or custom built security systems. It is currently being used to detect malware:
- Moving across security domains
- Stored on file servers
- Uploaded to web servers
It is designed to protect critical infrastructure facilities, identify false positives in commercial software, and aid in computer forensics.
The bad actors are very smart and very busy. This makes the task of always being optimized to provide the best protection possible a moving target. It also means that you should be able to employ the best of the best at all times.
On December 12, at 2:00 PM EST, I will be moderating a webinar, Add more depth to your defense: Maximize malware detection by scanning data with multiple antivirus engines. OPSWAT’s Thomas Chimento, Sr. Product Manager and I will be discussing the critical subjects of:
- How and why malware has changed over the past few decades
- The inherent limitations of antivirus programs in protecting against malware
- How a multi-scanning solution can be used to mitigated these limitations
As a recent victim of a powerful malware attack that was undetected by my preferred antivirus solution, this is a subject near and dear. If you are an enterprise IT professional and are concerned about keeping up with the “bad guys” in a way that can be easily integrated into your organization’s workflow, this webinar has been designed with your needs in mind.
Edited by Brooke Neuman