McAfee Launches LinuxShield To Secure Servers

by CXOtoday Staff    Jun 03, 2004

Network Associates - now known as McAfee - announced today the availability of McAfee LinuxShield, a solution offering anti-virus protection for Linux-based platforms.

LinuxShield will enable enterprise users to protect file servers running Red Hat and SuSE from viruses, worms and other malicious code threats.

According to Network Associates, while Linux is primarily being adopted as a server platform, use on end node systems are growing as well. In addition, Windows viruses can pass through Linux servers infecting attached workstations. With multiple avenues for attackers to compromise a network by exploiting vulnerable systems, anti-virus defense has become essential to protecting Linux users connecting to the corporate network.

“Most new viruses, worms, and blended threats are targeted at Microsoft based systems, but invade the enterprise via a series of non-Microsoft platforms such as routers, firewalls, and Linux platforms,” said Eric Hemmendinger, research director for security and privacy at Aberdeen Group.

“LinuxShield will help CTO’s prevent the Linux platforms from being exploited as network entry points for Microsoft-targeted viruses, worms, and blended threats,” added Hemmendinger.

Raj Dhingra, vice president of corporate and product marketing at Network Associates, Inc., said, “McAfee LinuxShield provides heuristic and generic detection, and includes an architecture that can scan all file system types. In addition, it records all scanning information, aiding enterprise users in troubleshooting.”

LinuxShield is managed by McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), a security management tool for managing anti-virus protection and policies. ePO gives IT administrators the visibility they need to evaluate their protection’s effectiveness, enforce protection, and customize reports to fit their specific needs. Moreover, administrators can manage policies and deploy protection while generating detailed graphical reports.

The product is available immediately from Network Associates and its channel partners worldwide.

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