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Startup Avinti Acts on Zero Day

Security startup Avinti Inc., one of a number of vendors promising to tackle "Zero Day" threats to users systems, has just clinched $7.2 million in Series B funding.

Zero Day is a term used to describe what happens when someone takes advantage of a security vulnerability on the same day the vulnerability becomes generally known.

Avinti appears to be taking a new approach to the Zero Day problem. Many existing Zero Day technologies monitor suspicious behavior on network devices to identify threats, but Avinti’s software isolates emails and checks for malicious content.

David Ferris, president of analyst firm Ferris Research, believes this is unique. “No one else now, I think, is taking that approach,” he says. “It’s a good approach because it will catch a lot of viruses.”

Avinti’s core offering is iSolation Server software, which is resold with security appliance vendor MailFrontier Inc.’s Gateway data center device. This sits in front of an email server and effectively quarantines incoming emails. Avinti’s software creates “virtual machines” on the appliance, opens the emails, and runs any attachments, which are then checked for threats such as spyware and Trojan horses.

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