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While the product is now available for Internet service providers, an enterprise version that works with private networks should be available by next summer.
Simplicita ZBX is actually made of up three components that together create a tight ID and quarantine system. (See screen shot below.) First, the Reputation Knowledge Server creates a list of IPs that are known to send malware. To gather this, the company relies heavily on the unsung work of the Shadowserver Foundation, which complies databases of harmful Internet activity.
The Reputation Knowledge Server passes information to the DSN Traffic Switch, which blocks access to malicious sites. Previous efforts at controlling the problem have relied on individual users downloading and installing anti-virus programs. But administrators can't hope for full compliance, so it's more effective to simply block access to known trouble spots.
If the user was trying to access a known malware provider, this page could explain why the connection can't be made.
You can see an example of Simplicita ZBX's warning page, which tells users how to fix their computers, in this screen shot.
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.