SOURCE: Network Box USA

Network Box USA

November 16, 2010 03:01 ET

Network Box 'Sentinel AV' Antivirus Engine Launched

New Antivirus Engine Focuses on Developing Signatures for Emerging Threats in Less Than One Minute

HOUSTON, TX--(Marketwire - November 16, 2010) - A new virus detection and signature service launched today by Managed Security Service company Network Box aims to reduce the time it takes to respond to serious new Internet threats by cutting response times down from hours, which is common throughout the antivirus industry, to less than one minute.

Network Box's 'Sentinel AV' antivirus engine, focuses on developing its own signatures to protect against emerging viruses within one minute of a threat being seen, rather than waiting for the antivirus industry to release a new signature, which can often take several hours.

The new 'Sentinel AV' antivirus engine works with Network Box's existing antivirus technology, and award winning automatic PUSH update systems, to provide the fastest protection against new threats available on the market.

While heuristic, reputation, and relationship technologies continue to improve and are very important tools in the fight against malware, signature based systems remain the primary technology used in malware protection today.

August 2010 saw another huge increase in the number of malicious viruses spreading via email, up 296.6% from July. The sheer volume of malware, and the work that needs to be done to protect against each -- obtaining samples, analysis, producing and validating signatures, and then releasing updates -- means that the process of protecting against an emerging threat using traditional technology can take several hours.

The Network Box 'Sentinel AV' antivirus engine aims to reduce this time to less than one minute by producing its own signatures, in addition to the existing process of releasing millions of antivirus signatures from the top antivirus software manufacturers to each Network Box system.

Response times during testing were less than 30 seconds for a signature to deal with a single new suspicious sample, and less than 15 seconds for multiple samples. Signature release time, globally, is less than 3 seconds, including thorough validation.

The Network Box 'Sentinel AV' antivirus engine operates by continually analyzing all the threat information that is received by the company's proprietary Network Box Security Response system, which includes spam-traps, virus-traps, in-house submissions, customer submissions, mail statistics, http statistics, and suspect samples. This is done 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

This information is used to determine that a particular object may be malicious, and the system maintains a confidence level for the likelihood of an object being malicious. Security managers can set the levels at which they want an object blocked; the default block is 50%, but it can be adjusted according to each company's individual security requirements.

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About Network Box:
Network Box Corporation, is a multi-award winning Managed Security Services company, specializing in Unified Threat Management (UTM). It continuously defends the networks of its customers using PUSH technology to instantaneously update protection, from 12 Security Operations Centers spread across the globe. Network Box Corporation has been named one of the world's 'Top 100 Strategic IT Vendors' by MIS Asia Magazine, for the last three years in a row. The company's customers across the globe, include many of the world's best known corporations, organizations, and government departments.

Network Box USA, Inc. (, the American arm of Network Box Corp., was formed in response to the escalating danger posed by security breaches, virus attacks and similar threats arising from widespread use of the Internet. Its mission is to provide enterprises of all sizes with a cutting-edge computer network security solution that is effective yet affordable. The company's flagship product, the Network Box appliance, has won numerous awards for excellence and is now in the forefront of unified threat management, the next generation of firewall technology. Network Box USA is headquartered at 2825 Wilcrest, Suite 259, Houston, Texas 77042; telephone 832-242-5758 or (toll free) 888-315-8886; email

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