Stopping Malware Before It Starts: Page 2

Posted September 20, 2006
By

Troy Dreier


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The messages are customizable, and the entire page can be make to look like the host company's own Web pages, so that users are more likely to see it as an official page.

Simplicita gauges that 3 to 8 percent of computers are infected with some type of malware, and that leads to slower performance and increased network traffic as the malware connects to other machines and attempts to spread itself. The Simplicita system takes the user out of the equation, and simply puts a halt to malicious network traffic. The process is invisible to the users and doesn't slow down network traffic or result in longer page load times.

The Simplicita software is written as an appliance, and fits in with any existing network. There's no need to redesign the network to accommodate it. The apps will run with any variant of UNIX.

Simplicita has so far developed Simplicita ZBX for Internet service providers, since they're large companies and the potential returns are greater. But it recognized the needs of businesses and is currently working with partners to develop a solution that other types of companies could use. While Simplicita ZBX has only been commercially available for six weeks so far, the company already has four providers signed up for testing and two others interested in buying individual components.

As the corporate version isn't ready yet, Simplicita recommends asking your service provider what type of anti-phishing and anti-botnet software they have in place. Look for an active solution. Relying on individuals to safeguard their machines is only part of the answer. Stopping malicious traffic before it starts, says Simplicita, is far more comprehensive.


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