OPSWAT Blog

Are You Ready for PCI DSS 3.0?

Posted by Abby Kearns / July 18, 2014

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard 3.0 (PCI DSS 3.0) was officially released last November and retailers need to be compliant by December 31, 2014. Is your organization ready for these upcoming changes?

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Abby Kearns manages platform growth and business development for the GEARS platform at OPSWAT. Her primary goal is to extend the functionality and utility of GEARS by partnering with leading as-a-service, ISV and technology alliance partners. She is a 15-year veteran in the technology industry with various product and management positions at Verizon, Totality, EDS, and Sabre.

Tags: Assessing Device Risk GEARS Compliance


Defend Against Botnets with IP Scanning

July 15, 2014

According to a recent ThreatPost article, during a two-week time span earlier this year, thousands of poorly protected computers were compromised by a botnet that came from a singular malicious website. The botnet targeted weak remote desktop protocol (RDP) connections and brute forced them open, which allowed cyber-attackers to easily access user credentials and extract payment card information.

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Tags: Multi-scanning Metascan Online Assessing Device Risk


What's Your Security Score?

Posted by Abby Kearns / July 10, 2014

The free GEARS tool provides users with greater visibility into the security state of their device including that status of installed security applications. GEARS allows users to easily monitor the status of various types of security applications such as antiphishing, antivirus, firewall and hard disk encryption. GEARS will also notify users whether any advanced threats are present on their machine and where they are located on the device.

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Abby Kearns manages platform growth and business development for the GEARS platform at OPSWAT. Her primary goal is to extend the functionality and utility of GEARS by partnering with leading as-a-service, ISV and technology alliance partners. She is a 15-year veteran in the technology industry with various product and management positions at Verizon, Totality, EDS, and Sabre.

Tags: Assessing Device Risk GEARS


Metascan Online Now Offers IP Scanning!

July 7, 2014

We’re excited to announce the Beta release of a brand new security feature for Metascan Online – IP reputation scanning! The fastest cloud-based multi-scanning solution now allows users to scan IP addresses utilizing multiple reputation sources and we're opening up the new feature to our community before we formally launch in an effort to gather valuable feedback. 

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Tags: Metascan Multi-scanning Metascan Online


Significant GEARS Client Updates

July 2, 2014

The latest GEARS release, 7.0.250.0 for Windows and 10.0.38.0 for OSX, includes new product support for leading technology vendors, performance enhancements, and minor bug fixes.

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Tags: Assessing Device Risk GEARS New GEARS Features


How Much Can We Trust PUA Installers?

Posted by Jianpeng Mo / July 2, 2014

Thanks to the significant growth of the computer industry in the past couple of years, thousands of new applications are hitting the software market every day. Instead of being placed in the traditional good or bad category, a potentially unwanted application (PUA) is introduced to help classify some of the gray area applications. Generally speaking, a PUA is a very broad category that covers various types of applications including toolbar add-ons, public file sharing, instant messaging, cloud storage and rogue security software. 

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Jianpeng Mo is Software Analyst Manager at OPSWAT and manages development of the OESIS Framework and AppRemover. He received his M.A. from New York University with a major in Electrical Engineering.

Tags: Multi-scanning Metascan Online


June in Review

June 25, 2014

Enjoy the warm summer weather with a cold glass of lemonade and by checking out all the exciting announcements and product updates we’ve released! This past month includes the official release of the GEARS application and the launch of a brand new OPSWAT GEARS website. 

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Tags: Multi-scanning Assessing Device Risk IT Infrastructure Monthly Updates


The Difficulty in Detecting and Preventing Advanced Threats

Posted by Tony Berning / June 25, 2014

The detection of advanced threats and all of the inherent complexities continues to be heavily featured in the media (see here and here).The definition of an advanced threat varies depending on who is doing the talking, but typically it entails malware that actively takes steps to evade detection, whether through self-modification or by inserting itself into otherwise innocuous files or processes. Advanced threats are typically targeted at specific individuals or organizations, and can leverage a wide range of assets for entry, including: servers, user devices, kiosks, networks, or people. 

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Tony manages the Metascan and Metadefender product lines at OPSWAT, working with customers and partners to deliver products that meet customers’ multi-scanning and security needs.

Tags: Multi-scanning


OPSWAT Releases Free GEARS Application for Device Security and Advanced Threat Detection

June 24, 2014

OPSWAT today announced the official release of the GEARS application. This free software helps users identify if their computer is at risk or compromisehttd, by providing greater visibility into the status of installed security applications and alerting them to potential advanced threats. The release of this new application extends the capabilities of the GEARS cloud-based network security management platform to individual users and computers.

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Tags: Press Release Assessing Device Risk GEARS


Visit the New GEARS Website!

June 24, 2014

We are incredibly excited to announce the launch of a brand new OPSWAT GEARS website! We have fully re-designed the site and are excited to share the beautiful new look with you.

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Tags: News GEARS