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Sophos, Shavlik, nCircle, Counterpane Roll Out Security Wares

Large-scale firms like Symantec, McAfee, and Microsoft may have stolen the thunder at the RSA Conference's opening day, but Tuesday's round two went to several well-known, if smaller, firms that touted new security software and services.

U.K-based Sophos, for instance, launched enterprise gateway, server, and client products that now include its new Genotype detection, a forensics-style technology that the company said identifies suspicious patterns and traits that give away a virus family or a spam campaign.

The new software -- Sophos Anti-Virus 5.0 at the client, PureMessage at the e-mail gateway and message server -- also boast additional enhancements, including a new admin console for the former and a new reporting engine for the latter.

"As threats increase in volume, maliciousness, complexity, and speed, the quality of protection is now defined by early detection," said Chris Kraft, the company's senior security analyst, in a statement. "In both our labs and in real-world testing, [Genotype] has improved on predictive detection, ensuring that threats are harmless even before they're created."

Most other enterprise-grade anti-spam and anti-virus defenses have integrated similar technologies that look at data behavior to identify threats-in-the-making, rather than rely solely on static definitions.

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