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eEye To Give Away Blink Security Software

eEye Digital Security will release a free version of its Blink intrusion prevention product to consumers in the next few weeks, a company official said Monday.

"It'll be the same as the enterprise product," said Marc Maiffret, eEye's chief hacking officer. "The consumer market isn't something we [normally] go after, but in 2006 there have been more Microsoft zero-day vulnerabilities than in at any other time. Consumers are getting left hung up to dry."

The Aliso Viejo, Calif. security company sells exclusively to the enterprise and small- and medium-business markets, said Maiffret. "We think its good marketing to get the word out [about Blink Endpoint Intrusion Prevention]," he said.

To be dubbed Blink Personal and available "in the next couple of weeks," the security software will include the same protocol-based intrusion prevention, anti-spyware tools, identity theft defense, and personal firewall as the enterprise-grade version.

eEye's motives aren't completely altruistic: it will collect threat and attack statistics anonymously from the users of Personal. "That will let us fine-tune Blink's rules," said Maiffret. "[Blink essentially] creates a massive honey pot, and consumers adding to that will make the enterprise product better."

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