Immunet hits two million installations

Sourcefire’s security software solution is based on a ‘Big Data’ approach

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Immunet hits two million installations Immunet has been installed on over two million endpoints.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  November 29, 2011

Cybersecurity solutions firm Sourcefire has announced that its advanced security solution called Immunet has been installed on over two million endpoints.

According to Sourcefire, Immunet achieved this milestone due to its "big data" approach to endpoint security, which allows it to provide an additional layer of protection not afforded by traditional anti-malware technologies.

"The rapid adoption witnessed with Immunet demonstrates that users are seeking both an added layer of protection to bolster their defences, and a more intelligent approach to block advanced threats," said Oliver Friedrichs, senior vice president of Sourcefire's Cloud Technology Group. "This intelligence comes from designing a product with a big data mindset, which is an absolute requirement in today's threat landscape. Traditional anti-malware solutions simply cannot achieve the protection and control that customers require."

According to Sourcefire, threats today are transitory with at least 75% being seen on only a single endpoint.

The threat lifecycle can be measured in hours, and this requires a centralised "big data" repository that can be monitored, observed, culled and used to make security decisions for Immunet's users.

Immunet's data-driven approach is designed to gather real-world metrics on how technologies perform in the field and the software solution was built on the principle of Collective Immunity, which is, shared protective resistance gained through community and collective intelligence to fight against computer malware infection.

"The data deluge is having an impact on the changing nature of security management. Not only has there been an explosion in the sheer volume of data requiring protection, but there has also been a dramatic growth in threats as well as disclosed vulnerabilities," said Scott Crawford, research director, Enterprise Management Associates. "The centralised data approach enables the capability to collect and act on large data sets with great speed, accuracy, and efficacy."

Immunet 3.0 is designed to enable small businesses and consumers to create custom anti-malware signatures for more accurate protection against targeted attacks.

Immunet 3.0 is also designed to offer a Cloud Recall feature that can remediate previously approved files and automatically quarantine them in real time based on new threat information.

Immunet 3.0 is available as a free anti-malware download from the Immunet website. Users can upgrade to Immunet 3.0 Plus for advanced anti-malware protection.

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