A new 'virtual patching' tool will give administrators more time to react to hacking attacks by protecting vulnerable systems until they can be patched.
In its latest version of Real Secure Protection (RSP) system, a network security and monitoring system, Internet Security Systems (ISS) has introduced Fusion 2.0 and Internet Scanner 7.0.
Internet Scanner 7.0 is designed to map networks and assess vulnerabilities, identifying flaws in patching.
If unpatched hardware is discovered, Internet Scanner works out what suspicious traffic would look like, blocking if it occurs but otherwise leaving the hardware operational.
With regular updates the patching progress can be continued without putting the network at risk, and ISS said it can find a patch for any new vulnerability within 24 hours.
Johan Beckers, director of technology solutions for ISS in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said: "By making threat protection dynamic we can identify weaknesses and attacks sooner, and by using virtual patching we can give administrators time to deal with the weaknesses and stop the attacks."
Fusion 2.0 contains a protocol analysis module (Pam), which identifies signatures of hacking activity. This analyses network activity from sensors on both the PC and server to look for suspicious activity such as the sharp rise in network traffic caused by a worm attack.
Common attacks such as port sniffing are aggregated to avoid flooding the reporting with false positives.
Administrators can roll out threat sensors incrementally to monitor key systems, and there is immediate reporting in either HTML or PDF format. The Pam is updated regularly based on data from the company's managed security centre in Atlanta.
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