This Month's Security Software Releases and Announcements
Article by George Norman
On 23 Oct 2009
So far, the month of October has been quite busy for the security software world, and I'm not just talking about Cyber Security Awareness Month. For example, the functionality of AVG LinkScanner has been enhanced to encompass shortened URLs. And to keep the examples from AVG coming, the privately-held Czech company has released AVG Antivirus 9 (the paid and the free version). But enough about AVG, let’s focus on other security companies.

Following in the footsteps of Kaspersky, McAfee has released Endpoint Protection for Mac. This is a security software application meant for the small to large companies that want to protect their Mac OS X-powered machines from viruses, spyware and other malware threats.


“McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac secures Apple Macintosh endpoints with complete, advanced protection, including anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall, and application protection. It stops malware and other security threats before they can damage or infect Macintosh desktops and laptops and spread throughout your company’s network. McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac also addresses compliance requirements by ensuring that Macs meet the same level of protection as Microsoft Windows–based PCs while maintaining or even reducing operational costs,” explained the company.

You can expect to get the following features from McAfee Endpoint Protection for Mac:
  • Single integrated management – one console is used for Mac and Windows endpoints management
  • Antivirus protection
  • Antispyware protection
  • Application protection – control applications that can run on a Mac, prevent malicious applications from tempering with installed applications
  • System firewall
  • Tiger, Leopard and Snow Leopard suport

Ad-Aware, the Lavasoft developed security software application, is very well known in the security world – but in case you are not familiar with it, here’s a review. Ad-Aware 8 (or Ad-Aware 2010) has been released and it comes with these new features:
  • Genotype Detection Technology
  • Behavior-Based Heuristics Detection
  • The Neutralizer – the new advanced malware removal tool
  • Do Not Disturb Mode
  • Download Guard for Internet Explorer
  • Simple Mode/Advanced Mode – this refers to how the user interacts with the software
  • Community-Driven Translations & Custom Skins
  • Community-Developed Plug-ins

Sophos, the company that recently uncovered people are not as weary of ID theft as they should be, has released Endpoint Security and Data Protection 9. It comes with these new bits and pieces:
  • Integrated data loss prevention (DLP)
  • New reporting wizard
  • New application control feature – the option to whitelist/blacklists applications that have a negative impact on the network and on user productivity
  • New device control capabilities
  • Simplified cross-platform security
  • Enhancements to centralized management

FaceTime Technologies, company that specializes in providing solutions for enterprises that want to safely use Web 2.0, has announced the release of the AMU (Augment, Migrate & Update) kit. AMU is meant to address the need to keep enterprise security and control capabilities up-to-date while at the same time keeping costs under control. With the AMU kit, Surfcontrol users can upgrade to FaceTime's Unified Security Gateway (USG) 3.0 while Blue Coat users can enhance the proxy infrastructure they have in place.

Director of Product Management with FaceTime Communications, Nishant Jadhav, comments: “Companies are now fully embracing the benefits of Web 2.0 and social applications as part of their enterprise networks. They recognize the value of social networks, blogs and wikis to collaborate with customers and colleagues, and they see how applications such as instant messaging can enhance productivity. Now, with our Unified Security Gateway, such content can be monitored, controlled and secured to prevent data leaks, enable compliance with industry regulations, such as GLBA, HIPAA, SEC, FINRA and MIFID, and enforce corporate policies.”

TrueCrypt, the open-source, cross platform software application that provides disk encryption capabilities has reached v. 6.3. TrueCrypt 6.3 comes with quite a few minor improvements and bug fixes. The main new feature that version 6.3 brings to the table is support for Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard.

TrendMicro, company that specializes in providing network antivirus and internet content security software, has announced a partnership with AvePoint, the leading provider of infrastructure management software solutions for Microsoft SharePoint. The goal of this partnership is to provide the best SharePoint antivirus solutions. AvePoint’s SharePoint Antivirus product for example will use the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network to prevent data corruption, data theft, block infected files from entering SharePoint, prevent malware and other threats from spreading amongst SharePoint users. Representatives from both companies provided a comment.

“AvePoint is excited to partner with Trend Micro to deliver the industry’s most powerful SharePoint-dedicated antivirus solutions. As SharePoint becomes more mission-critical to organizations worldwide, it is important that they deploy an antivirus solution which fully protects SharePoint infrastructure. Many often think that enterprise-wide antivirus is sufficient, and they learn the hard way that a SharePoint-centric solution is needed. Trend Micro is a global leader in the space, and through this partnership, AvePoint will be able to deliver the most aggressive SharePoint malware protection on the market,” said Dr. Tianyi (TJ) Jiang, chief operating officer, AvePoint

John Maddison, senior vice president, Trend Micro: “Trend Micro is pleased to be working with AvePoint, a recognized leader in the Microsoft SharePoint market, to provide comprehensive antivirus protection for its customers. We have always encouraged companies to consider solutions like this that have SharePoint-specific security capabilities rather than solely relying upon general server antivirus products that do not provide complete and adequate protection.”

Last but not least, let’s focus on the free security software solution provided by Microsoft, Microsoft Security Essentials. The software moved out of beta at the start of the month. In the first week it had been downloaded by more than 1.5 million people, and logged over 4 million malware detections.

Tags: Security, Security Software, AVG, Kaspersky, McAfee, Sophos, TrueCrypt, Ad-Aware, FaceTime, TrendMicro, AvePoint, Microsfot Security Essentials
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