A new security appliance from Check Point aims to protect applications within local area networks by monitoring their vulnerabilities rather than trying to patch them.
The InterSpect internal security gateway acts as a short-term fix, providing a measure of protection from when a vulnerability becomes known until the IT manager can install patches.
Rather than working on virus signatures, InterSpect monitors activity within a LAN for behaviour which indicates malware is on the network. This involves downloading a list of possible vulnerabilities and monitoring them for suspicious activity.
Check Point is working with vendors including Sun Microsystems and Microsoft so that their applications are covered. A full list of supported applications will be available shortly.
Nick Lowe, regional director at Check Point, said: "We have very close links with applications manufacturers and if there is a published vulnerability we will have it covered.
"This is not like an intrusion detection system where the user is drowned with reams of information. It stops problems before they start so that users are not left with the cleanup costs of a software attack."
There are three InterSpect systems available, ranging from $9,000 (£5,500) to $39,000 (£23,800) and an annual subscription charge of 15 per cent which is waived for the first year.
This allows the appliance to be updated with new application vulnerabilities as they occur.
Check Point has promised more products in the first half of the year to reflect its intention to become a more comprehensive security vendor, part of a trend towards consolidation in the security market.
Professor Neil Barrett, technology director at Information Risk Management, indicated that consolidation would be good for the industry.
"It shows that security is coming out of the niche and becoming a mainstream market," he said.
"There will always be players who are just doing one security area, but they will be very niche. Both manufacturers and consultants are now focusing on being full service suppliers."
Antivirus vendor Sophos recently bought anti-spam vendor ActiveState, and Symantec has been buying security firms like PowerQuest as it seeks to broaden its offering.
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