Sophos has added technology to its anti-virus software to allow companies to block attacks before they are unleashed.
The idea behind its new technology, called Genotype, is that code within existing worms and viruses is logged by firms’ anti-virus software, and used to guard against new attacks containing some or all of previous rogue code used by hackers and other spreaders of malware.
Sophos points out that currently a large chunk of malware being spread over the internet relies on code used previously by other worms and viruses.
"With today's ever-evolving security threats companies need reliable protection that is easy to manage. The latest enterprise offerings from Sophos have enhanced proactive detection, ensuring all points of the network are protected," said Gary Thomassen, head of product management at Sophos.
"Early visibility ensures that threats are harmless even before they are created," said Thomassen.
Sophos has also released a new "Enterprise Console", a product for IT administrators which has a built-in database to help highlight PCs in the corporate network that do not have up-to-date anti-virus protection.
"Corporate networks have become expensive and cumbersome to manage. Businesses are looking for solutions that can both comprehensively protect all points of the network against threats and reduce the complexity of managing an enterprise's security," said Matt Cain, an analyst at Meta Group.
"Today's enterprises are looking for intuitive and manageable solutions that offer early protection against multiple threats," he said.
The new features will be available by the end of this month, said Sophos.