BT turns to Venus to proactively prevent virus attacks

BT has launched a new e-mail security tool to identify viruses carried by e-mail that slip through existing anti-virus systems.

BT has launched a new e-mail security tool to identify viruses carried by e-mail that slip through existing anti-virus systems.

Venus (Viral E-mail Network Utilisation Symptomiser) monitors a company’s intranet e-mail for unusual behaviour patterns that could signify a virus, even if one that is not previously known, and then proactively prevents internal spread.

Once Venus detects that a computer is infected, it automatically prevents the user from sending further e-mails until the cause of the infection has been identified and fixed.

BT’s Venus solution joins a growing number of products designed to address the issue of proactive security alongside traditional, signature-based anti-virus software.

Competitors include Finjan Software, which has been operating in this space since 1996, and claims that it has been named by IDC as the leader of the worldwide proactive malicious code security market.

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