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Daily Digest: April 22, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Autonomy Meridio Awarded the U.S. Federal Government's Smartbuy Contract for Electronic Data and Records Management
Agreement Certifies Autonomy Meridio as a Key Partner in Enabling E-Government; Helps to Meet the Goals of the US President's Management Agenda

Logica steps up to full disk encryption
BeCrypt solutions selected for additional encryption assurance

Email Archiving Vendor Smarsh Completes Two Acquisitions
CentraScan, Financial Visions to bolster suite of Smarsh Financial Technology Solutions

AXIGEN and MailArchiva Team to Offer High End Messaging and Archiving Solution 

Messaging & Collaboration

SureWest Communications Deploys Cloudmark Authority for Outbound Spam Protection
Leveraging Cloudmark's Solution, SureWest Communications Experiences Increased Outbound Filtering Accuracy, Improved Scanning Times and Reduced Administrative Costs

McAfee, Inc. Receives Best Anti-Malware Solution at SC Magazine Awards
McAfee VirusScan Enterprise and McAfee AntiSpyware Enterprise Win Readers Trust Award for Second Year in a Row

Axceler Launches ControlPoint Comprehensive Administration for Microsoft SharePoint
Most Powerful Parametric Search, Analysis and Control for SharePoint Administrators

AT&T Announces Blackberry Professional Software for Small Business
Easy-to-Use Solution Offers Businesses Collaboration, Security and Control Of BlackBerry Smartphones

Six Apart Launches New Services as Blogs and Social Media Go Mainstream
New advertising service, acquisition of social media agency, and opening of New York office respond to growing need from customers and advertisers

Reunion.com Selects StrongMail to Optimize Marketing and Transactional Email
StrongMail's on-premise solutions to enable leading people search site to better serve its 37 million members with dynamic, targeted and reliable email communications

Thru Introduces Thru SCN Small Business Edition
Designed to Streamline the Collaborative, Document-Based AEC Processes

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ClamAV--Useful, Free Anti-Virus
ClamAV is an open source, free anti-virus tool, designed for email scanning on mail gateways.

It is owned by Sourcefire, which employs the ClamAV developers and provides commercial support for ClamAV.

The most important capability of an anti-virus product is to be able to remove a high percentage of viruses, including rapid reaction to new viruses.

A test by Untangle put ClamAV as one of the top three (along with Kaspersky and Symantec). This test generated a lot of controversy, with some arguing the test methodology to be flawed and others suggesting that commercial vendors are trying to suppress a free alternative.

A comment from AV-Comparatives, which provides independent testing, gives useful insight in explaining why it does not include ClamAV in its standard list. AV-Comparatives notes that ClamAV is not designed or suitable for use on an end system, but is designed to detect spreading viruses, and has a very good response rate to new threats. This is confirmed in its report and other references on the net.

ClamAV detects phishing attacks, as well as conventional viruses and worms. During one day's operation on the Isode servers, the following viruses and phishing attacks were detected:

  • Exploit.HTML.IFrame: 10 Time(s)
  • Exploit.WMF: 6 Time(s)
  • HTML.Phishing.Auction-144: 1 Time(s)
  • HTML.Phishing.Auction-222: 2 Time(s)
  • HTML.Phishing.Bank-1232: 1 Time(s)
  • HTML.Phishing.Bank-474: 18 Time(s)
  • HTML.Phishing.Pay-36: 1 Time(s)
  • W32.Sality.Q-1: 5 Time(s)
  • Worm.Mydoom.I: 1 Time(s)
  • Worm.Mydoom.M: 4 Time(s)
  • Worm.SomeFool.AA-2: 9 Time(s)
  • Worm.SomeFool.D: 1 Time(s)
  • Worm.SomeFool.P: 17 Time(s)
  • Worm.Stration.YY: 1 Time(s)
  • Worm.Womble.D: 8 Time(s)

The integration with an email gateway is straightforward and efficient. This is important for gateway/boundary use. A number of AV vendors are focusing on appliance and "complete solution," and either dropping or reducing support for integration with other products.

ClamAV is a good anti-virus option for boundary checking. ... Steve Kille



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