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WDDX.NET adds CommTouch Zero Hour Virus Outbreak protection

added by Michael on 23 Jan 2010

There is, and always will be, a window of opportunity between viruses being released into the wild and anti-virus signature profiles being written to counter them. 


Despite the fact that we process each piece of mail through two separate virus scanners before delivering it to you, brand new viruses may not be detected for hours.  I have been made to understand that the average time from the discovery of a new virus to that virus being included in an up to date signature is approximately 20 hours, which is impressive, actually, but hardly comforting.


I'm pleased to be able to tell you that we are now able to greatly reduce this window of vulnerability. 


Whether you are one of our Microsoft Exchange Store and Forward clients or you host your mail on one of our SmarterMail Enterprise servers, you are now being additionally protected by CommTouch Zero Hour Virus Outbreak  Protection.


CommTouch Zero Hour Virus Protection


CommTouch is a NASDAQ traded security company that, among other things, tracks current virus outbreaks.  Right in the first moments of detection virus outbreaks are checksum'd and registered in their database.  While virus companies are busy writing and testing their new signature, our clients will already be blocking the new virus based on the CommTouch checksum.


Commtouch® (NASDAQ: CTCH) provides proven messaging and Web security technology to more than 100 security companies and service providers including 3Com, Check Point, F-Secure, Openwave, Panda Security, Mirapoint, Sendmail, Tumbleweed, and WatchGuard, for integration into their solutions. Commtouch's patented Recurrent Pattern DetectionTM (RPDTM) and GlobalViewTM technologies are founded on a unique cloud-based approach, and work together in a comprehensive feedback loop to protect effectively in all languages and formats.


Commtouch technology automatically analyzes billions of Internet transactions in real-time in its global data centers to identify new threats as they are initiated, protecting email infrastructures and enabling safe, compliant browsing. The company's expertise in building efficient, massive-scale security services has resulted in mitigating Internet threats for thousands of organizations and hundreds of millions of users in 190 countries.


Based on RPD and other proprietary technologies, the Commtouch Detection Center analyzes the distribution patterns of billions of Web transactions per day. Based on these patterns, Commtouch identifies new malware outbreaks as soon as they are introduced into the Internet. The result is that users are protected from emerging malware in real-time, all the time. For example, viruses are detected and blocked within minutes, hours before signatures are released.


I just thought that you might like to know.  We will always be vulnerable to viruses, but now, much less so.