OPSWAT Blog

Infographic: What is Multiscanning?

Posted by Stacey Matthews-Winn / March 26, 2015

Consumers often assume that anti-malware multiscanning is best used by large companies or industries with strict data security regulations like healthcare and finance. But in reality, multiscanning is a very effective security measure for small businesses and anyone interested in protecting their data. We realize that the value of multiscanning can be a hard concept to grasp, so we decided to make an infographic to break it down a bit!

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Stacey is a Marketing Project Manager at OPSWAT. Her primary focus is creating and curating the content that helps new customers find our products. She also works closely with OPSWAT's certification partners. 
 

Tags: Metascan Multi-scanning Metascan Online Infographic


Is Your Wireless Keyboard Spying On You?

Posted by Adam Winn / March 24, 2015

Do you use a wireless keyboard? Ever consider that someone or something could be capturing every keystroke you make? Don't let the keyboard's encryption option lull you into a false sense of security.

A very stealthy and scary threat has emerged recently for snooping on wireless keyboards. It's a completely functional USB wall charger that happens to also house a 2.4 GHz RF chip, Arduino microcontroller, and either flash memory to store keystrokes or a 2G radio for uploading keystrokes directly to the Internet.

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Adam is the senior product manager for the GEARS platform, and also works on a cloud Wi-Fi management system. His primary goal is to ensure OPSWAT products are meeting the manageability and security needs of its current and future customers. He is an avid researcher and enjoys solving technical challenges. 

Tags: keyloggers Assessing Device Risk KeySweeper


4 Reasons Data Breaches are on the Rise

Posted by Mike Spykerman / March 20, 2015

Last week the CyberEdge group released the 2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report that surveyed 800 IT Security professionals on cybersecurity matters. The report states that 71% of respondents’ networks were breached in 2014, up from 62% in 2013. The expectation of further cyber-attacks is also rising: 52% of respondents believe a successful attack is likely in 2015, compared to 39% last year. Phishing, malware, and zero-day attacks were considered to pose the greatest cyber risks to responding organizations.

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Mike Spykerman joined OPSWAT in 2014 as Vice President of Product Management. Mike is responsible for product planning, design and execution. Prior to joining OPSWAT, Mike founded and headed Red Earth Software, a company that specialized in email security solutions for Microsoft Exchange Server.

Tags: Metascan Multi-scanning IT Infrastructure data breach Data sanitization email security


Video: Creating Profiles Based On Security Clearance

March 20, 2015

In our latest Metadefender training video, Tony Berning, Sr. Project Manager at OPSWAT, explains different use cases for Metadefender Workflow Profiles and how you can leverage them for your specific security needs.

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Tags: video Multi-scanning Metadefender


OPSWAT Certification Revoked for YAC

Posted by Ronald Melencio / March 20, 2015

Malwarebytes recently posted claims that Elex Technologies has been stealing information from the Malwarebytes signature database, specifically for Elex Technologies’ Yet Another Cleaner (YAC) product. Based on the claim and thorough testing presented by Malwarebytes, we began our own investigation into Elex Technologies, who had previously received OPSWAT Certification for their products.

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Ronald joined OPSWAT in 2014 as a Product Manager for Metascan Online. Additionally, he heads up the OPSWAT Certification Program and serves as a primary contact for our valued anti-malware engine suppliers. Ronald received his MBA from UC Davis, and his background in software engineering and project management includes time at ShareThis and The Dannon Company. 

Tags: OPSWAT Certification Multi-scanning Software Development


Detecting Malware Across Operating Systems

Posted by Szilard Stange / March 19, 2015

I’m often asked if anti-malware engines designed for Windows can detect Linux and Android-based malware. These anti-malware products were developed specifically for different platforms over a period of 20+ years. Most anti-malware software vendors have solutions for both Windows and Linux-based platforms that were first developed in the 1990's or 2000's. Conversely, the first anti-malware product for Android was released around the second half of the 2000's, as the Android platform is relatively new from an anti-malware perspective.

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Szilard Stange joined OPSWAT as a Director of Product Management in 2014. Szilard is responsible for one of the company's flagship technologies, Metascan. Prior to joining OPSWAT, Szilard held many engineering and product management positions in the IT security industry and helped create many anti-malware products, next generation firewalls and security monitoring products at BalaBit and VirusBuster. Szilard holds a Master's degree from the University of Pannonia.

Tags: Windows Multi-scanning Metascan Online Android Assessing Device Risk Linux anti-malware


Hardware Hack: Adding Ethernet and USB Port to Lilitab Tablet Kiosk

Posted by Alan Weinstock / March 17, 2015

Hardware modification and hacking has always been a passion of mine, so when I was given the opportunity to develop a prototype for a more portable version of our Metadefender kiosk I was excited to take on the challenge. When I was originally introduced to this project, there were multiple tablet pedestals identified as possible kiosk alternatives. The Lilitab product I was most interested in was designed for an iPad, but Metadefender runs on Windows, so I did some research and found they have an alternative mount that will accommodate a Microsoft Surface Pro.

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Alan Weinstock is a Technical Support Engineer helping to assist the various departments at OPSWAT to communicate and assist our customer when issues arise. He has a background in electronics hacking and reverse-engineering, IT, and Customer Support. Other hobbies include music composition and audio engineering, fine arts, and cooking.

Tags: Assessing Device Risk Metadefender


OPSWAT Brings Multi-Anti-Malware Scanning to Exchange Server

March 17, 2015

OPSWAT, provider of solutions to secure and manage IT infrastructure, today announced the release of the new Mail Agent for Microsoft Exchange Server for their multi-anti-malware scanning and threat prevention product Metascan®. The Mail Agent is a result of OPSWAT’s recent acquisition of Red Earth Software, developer of email security solutions for Exchange Server. The new Mail Agent now extends OPSWAT’s advanced threat protection technology to email-borne threats.

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Tags: Press Release Multi-scanning New Metascan Features


How Multi-Scanning Can Detect Outbreaks Sooner

Posted by Ronald Melencio / March 16, 2015

The efficacy of antivirus products often comes into question, especially as advanced persistent threats (APTs) become more feared due to the media attention they receive. While it is clear that organizations should not focus their security only on the detection of APTs, a question still remains about how antivirus products can protect against the sheer volume of emerging threats. We'd like to present an example of how multi-scanning can be used to amplify the powers of antivirus products to detect outbreaks as soon as possible; similar research is now easy for anyone to perform using the new scan history feature in Metascan Online

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Ronald joined OPSWAT in 2014 as a Product Manager for Metascan Online. Additionally, he heads up the OPSWAT Certification Program and serves as a primary contact for our valued anti-malware engine suppliers. Ronald received his MBA from UC Davis, and his background in software engineering and project management includes time at ShareThis and The Dannon Company. 

Tags: Multi-scanning Metascan Online


How Bad Software Updates Put Your Network at Risk

Posted by Adam Winn / March 13, 2015

So you’ve identified that a user on (or attempting to join) your network has unpatched software that needs to be secured. How do you identify the offending program quickly and effectively? It could be their operating system, browser, Java, or even Adobe Flash!

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Adam is the senior product manager for the GEARS platform, and also works on a cloud Wi-Fi management system. His primary goal is to ensure OPSWAT products are meeting the manageability and security needs of its current and future customers. He is an avid researcher and enjoys solving technical challenges. 

Tags: endpoint security Software Manageability Assessing Device Risk IT Infrastructure OESIS