ISS adds 'virtual' patching

Wednesday, 28 May 2003, 2:32 PM EST

Internet Security Systems Inc. (ISS) will upgrade its Dynamic Threat Protection software suite with enhanced vulnerability assessment and intrusion-detection tools.

A key capability enabled by the new technology is a "virtual patch process" that Atlanta-based ISS said will reduce the need to apply so-called hot fixes for protecting against viruses and worms that exploit system vulnerabilities.

The virtual process is designed to let security administrators block certain types of traffic and look for particular virus signatures or suspicious data patterns using vulnerability information gathered by the company's upgraded Internet Scanner 7.0 tool.

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