Company gets $400,000 to develop trap for computer worms
Esphion, which specialises in developing technologies to monitor and analyse network traffic, has begun work into the "groundbreaking" project.
Technology New Zealand (TNZ), the Government's research and development investment agency, contributed the funding through its technology for business growth scheme.
Esphion chief executive Greg Cross said today with the number and intensity of worm outbreaks on the rise, there was strong demand for a new generation of products that could stop costly attacks.
The catalyst for the project was last year's Welchia worm that infected hundreds of thousands of machines around the world and brought a lot of networks to their knees, with the excessive traffic it created.
Organisations that depended on the Internet now recognise it was no longer acceptable to provide security updates after a worm had struck.
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