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New Generation of Anti-Spyware Targets Network Safety

Promise: Anti-spyware vendors are developing behavior-based detection technologies that prevent spyware from reaching enterprise desktops without the use of signatures. The relentless pace of spyware development--and the irrepressible urge for users to install spyware-laden programs--may drive security architects toward proactive solutions.

Players: Much of the innovation in anti-spyware technology comes from a host of small companies, including Tenebril, Webroot, Aluria, Finjan, and Eset.

Prospects: Security architects and IT staff struggle daily with spyware and adware infestations and may thus be willing to experiment with proactive anti-spyware technology. Over time, they may grow more comfortable extending the approach to a broader class of malware.

Anti-spyware start-ups are rolling out proactive solutions that can stop new and unknown programs from invading PCs. Over time, anti-spyware software will likely evolve from threat-specific technologies into Host-based Intrusion Prevention Systems (HIPS) designed to protect desktops and laptops from a broad class of malware.

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