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AV-Comparatives Adds Malware Analysis Appliance

AV-Comparatives will use the ValidEdge MIS 1100 to perform detail analysis of malware samples

SAN JOSE, U.S. and Innsbruck, AustriaNovember 8, 2010–Austrian-based anti-virus (AV) testing company, AV-Comparatives, has added the ValidEdge Malware Intelligence System to the organization’s arsenal of testing and analysis tools. AV-Comparatives will use the ValidEdge MIS 1100 to perform detail analysis of malware samples which are then used to test the detection ability of other leading AV products.

AV-Comparatives tests real-world protection provided by the various security product suites and their impact on system performance to produce a number of reports. The next Whole-Product-Dynamic test report from AV-Comparatives is due in December 2010.

The ValidEdge Malware Intelligence System 1100 appliance features patent-pending malware analytics that identify new malware samples in seconds and allows researchers and first responders to analyze malware-based attacks with unprecedented speed and depth.

“The threat posed by malicious software is growing day by day. Not only is the number of malware programs increasing, the very nature of the threats is rapidly changing,” said Andreas Clementi, chairman of AV-Comparatives. “ValidEdge’s innovative approach to malware analysis is impressive and we believe it will give us a competitive edge in running both "on-demand" and "retrospective/proactive" malware detection rate tests.”

According to Gurjot Singh, CEO at ValidEdge, “We are delighted that AV-Comparatives will be able to use the deep analysis capability of the ValidEdge MIS 1100. Deep analysis is the best way to understand the true nature of new malware and ValidEdge produces the most detailed reports of new malware with high throughput.”

About ValidEdge MIS 1100

The first in ValidEdge’s family of malware appliances, the Malware Intelligence System (MIS) 1100 is able to handle a large volume of samples and can analyze an unknown malware sample in seconds. The ValidEdge MIS 1100 incorporates several innovative analysis engines for classification, decryption, unpacking, reverse engineering, and combined dynamic and static analysis to fully reveal the current and potential intention of unknown malware. The ValidEdge MIS 1100 provides a secure environment to expose malware, allowing responders to fully grasp the malware’s intention and learn what it was trying to target. It also identifies any logic bombs hidden in the malware waiting for a trigger to cause damage at a later time. Once the new malware has been identified, security professionals receive several detailed reports about the behavior of the malware. With this information responders are better equipped to clean zombie PCs and heal compromised systems. Organizations under malware attack no longer need to wait for signature updates. Using ValidEdge appliances enables organizations to make the right policy and security improvements to further strengthen their organization from future threats, in real-time.

ValidEdge appliances are unique in the use of military grade separation-kernel technology developed by LynuxWorks to meet the highest requirement of security critical systems. This technology allows complete isolation of the Windows environment so that malware cannot penetrate and corrupt the platform while it is being analyzed. This innovation ensures the integrity of the results. The MIS 1100 utilizes multicore processors, a separation kernel platform and an instant Windows environment reload capability to analyze multiple samples simultaneously leading to unparalleled analysis throughput.

About AV-Comparatives

AV-Comparatives is an Austrian non-profit organization, which provides independent anti-virus software tests free to the public. The organization also partners with universities for specific tests and has established itself as one of the world’s most respected independent testing agencies. In addition to standard on-demand testing, AV-Comparatives offers whole product dynamic tests to provide real life data, corporate IT product reviews, as well as comparative tests on a security application’s ability to remove malware from infected systems. More information is available at www.av-comparatives.org.

About ValidEdge

ValidEdge offers the world’s first appliance with separation kernel technology for very fast and secure malware analysis. Designed for the financial, government and anti-virus (AV) organizations, ValidEdge purpose-built appliances complement current network and AV defenses. Led by a team experienced in building highly secure systems for mission-critical applications, and knowledgeable in dismantling sophisticated malware, ValidEdge is ushering in the next generation of malware awareness. ValidEdge is a wholly-owned subsidiary of LynuxWorks, Inc., a leader in safe and secure software solutions. For more information, visit www.validedge.com.

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