Ex-Googlers Launch Anti-Malware for Servers

A Verizon Business security expert recently
noted
that although businesses spend about half of their security budget protecting
employees’ PCs and half on servers, over 99 percent of data losses happen on the server,
in the RISK team’s experience.

Dasient, a security company that has been in stealth mode until now, is now offering a
public beta of its anti-malware service for Web servers.

The company’s three founders talked to InternetNews.com about the purpose of
the startup. Neil Daswani is a former Google security engineer, Shariq Rizvi is a former
Google developer, and Ameet Ranadive is a former McKinsey consultant.

“We started in October of last year when we raised our seed round of funding,” said
Daswani.

The company is built to solve the problems of the modern Web site, according to
Ranadive. “Three trends are converging,” he said. “The Web itself is more complex, Web
pages deliver more rich functionality, and there is more mashup content. The result is a
greater attack surface with more vulnerabilities to exploit.”

The rise of
automated toolkits
makes defending servers even harder, he added.

When an infection is detected, the service is designed to quarantine only the infected
portion of the site without taking it down. If a single ad feed or iFrame were bad, the
service would stop the server from delivering that to customers, but the rest of the Web
site would function normally. “We are the only provider able to do this,” claimed
Daswani.

Read more at InternetNews.com

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