Security in today’s IT infrastructure is more about layers than about single points of defense. Protecting the outer layer of your network, your endpoints, can be absolutely critical. Endpoint protection starts with a strong antivirus and malware detection and prevention engine.
With these challenges, how do you know if your endpoints are secure? Does every site need a local update server? Have you ever seen machines on the network but been unable to verify definitions, or scan status? What if you can’t get your AV vendor’s management system to push out the latest updates or version?
Because MissionControl is also your systems management platform you can be certain those endpoints are protected because your ability to manage the ENTIRE system is inside the MissionControl IT Management Framework. Managing best in class security with our world class IT Automation Framework.
Protection from Viruses, Worms and Trojans
Analyze and detect unwanted executable applications or DLL libraries within the system that may be spyware, adware etc. Based upon the security profile, MissionControl Anti-Virus will remove these programs or block access to them.
Scan the system registry for suspicious entries, temporary Internet files and tracking cookies, and treat the potentially harmful items in the same manner as any other infection.
Scanning – On-access and on-demand scanning
Heuristic Analysis – Dynamic emulation of a scanned object’s instructions within a virtual computing environment
Generic Detection – Detection of instructions characteristic of the virus or group of viruses
Known Virus Detection – Searching for character strings characteristic of a virus
Checks incoming and outgoing mail by using plug-ins designed for the most frequently used e-mail programs. The E-mail Scanner is an additional program for electronic mail monitoring and is designed for applications supporting the POP3/SMTP protocols. Once detected, viruses are cleaned or quarantined. Some e-mail clients may support messages with text certifying that sent and received e-mail has been scanned for viruses. In addition, for an increased level of security when working with electronic mail, an Attachment Filter can be set by defining undesirable or suspect files.
Scans files as they are copied, opened or saved. When Real-time Protection discovers a virus in a file that is accessed, it stops the operation currently being performed and does not allow the virus to activate itself. Real-time Protection, loaded in the memory of the computer during system startup, also provides vital protection for the system areas of the computer.
Scanning is a crucial part of MissionControl Anti-Virus functionality. Scans can be run on-demand or scheduled to run periodically at convenient times. MissionControl Anti-Virus comes with pre-defined security profiles along with the ability to create customer profiles.
Spyware is usually defined as a type of malware (software that gathers information from a computer without the user’s knowledge or consent). Some spyware applications may also be deliberately installed and often contain advertisements, window pop-ups or different types of unpleasant software. Ideally, spyware and other malware should be prevented from intruding. Currently, the most common source of infection is Web sites with potentially dangerous content. Other methods of transmission include e-mail or transmission by worms and viruses. The most important protection is to use an always-on background scanner, such as cutting-edge MissionControl Anti-spyware. It works like a resident shield and scans applications in the background as they run.
As a fully integrated component of the MissionControl IT Management Platform, MissionControl Anti-virus is configured, deployed and managed from the same MissionControl interface that administrators already use to manage their computing environments, making implementation seamless and easy. Once deployed, the system is monitored to ensure protection is active and enabled. Utilizing the MissionControl proactive practice, updates are handled automatically on a scheduled basis without the need for user interaction. Security protection is then always up and running and kept up-to date. All activity and information detected is logged and stored in the MissionControl database and is available for executive summary and detailed management reporting.
The Scanning engine has received numerous awards for its excellent detection of “in the wild” viruses, including the VB100% award. Its unique combination of detection methods provides full protection against viruses, worms and trojans.
The core sets of functions performed by MissionControl Framework are deployment, configuration, execution, update, logging, reporting, monitoring and remediation. These functions are part of the core tasks that an IT professional performs on a daily basis. MissionControl Anti-Virus leverages this framework to allow full control of your endpoint protection.
The agent-based architecture of MissionControl adds greater value than domain-bound technology. Domain-based and so-called agent-less technologies are useful in a single network where all resources are directly visible on the corporate LAN/WAN. MissionControl’s technology is lightweight and forms its own, completely secure TCP connection with the server, and without the need for address management, implementation of port mapping schemes at each site or the establishment of cumbersome VPNs to all the sites.
IT automation is the key for transitioning from a reactive environment to a proactive, results-based IT service delivery model. MissionControl provides unparalleled automation of periodic IT tasks required to manage and maintain systems and devices. Good data drives good decisions, and having a tool that allows you to automate the process of managing your AV infrastructure is imperative. With our Anti-Virus’ deep integration into the MissionControl IT Automation Framework, you can schedule scans and updates to conform to any policy or requirements, and automatically respond to exceptions.
Reporting on your current status is built right into MissionControl Anti-Virus. No report configuration required, no separate app, or Web page to load. It’s right there. And, MissionControl Info Center has a deep reporting feature set that allows for:
A one-page snapshot of your current Anti-Virus status for deployed agents. The dashboard displays at-a-glance information on licensing, current and top threats, and even client version information.
Security Status gives you a list view of agents with the current status of each protection module, including real-time file protection, e-mail protection, link protection and Web protection for each agent. From there, you can perform operations for each of these modules across selected agents.
There are times when administrators will need to push updates manually to an agent or group of agents, and MissionControl Anti-Virus makes it easy. From the Manual Update section, you can see source locations, last update times, version info and the next scheduled update time.
Leveraging the MissionControl automation framework, you can see last scan information, and scheduling scans is simple and efficient.
View Threats and Logs
Having visibility into agent threat status is imperative for proper troubleshooting and remediation. Knowing which threat is attacking an agent and where that threat is showing up on the system can speed diagnosis and help identify problematic users and/or usage patterns. Coupling threat visibility with direct access to the machine logs means that admins never need to leave MissionControl to get the data they need to solve problems and protect the network.
As a separately licensed module, knowing how many Anti-Virus agents are deployed, expiring or about to be expiring is very important. You can even extend licenses from this menu to avoid having to remove and redeploy the AV components.
Pushing out Anti-Virus to your machines is both easy and powerful. Not only can you push out Anti-virus manually, you can also schedule the installation and customize it with user prompts, and specific install options. Configurable options include:
A key benefit of MissionControl Anti-Virus is the ability to create profiles. Profiles are configurations that can be built for use in deployment to similar groups of computers. Examples of profile uses include server profiles, laptops and desktops, even department or customer-based. This allows Anti-Virus to be pre-configured for whatever scenario you require, be it technical, organizational, or even financial.
The MS Exchange page displays the status of e-mail protection on MS Exchange servers that have MissionControl Anti-Virus installed on them. During the install of Anti-Virus on a machine, if MS Exchange is detected, the plug-in for MS Exchange email protection is automatically installed.
Knowing when certain Anti-Virus software/component statuses change is absolutely imperative to maintaining secure systems. Security Alarms allows the administrator to configure which events should be recognized as Security Alarms and then allows those alarm profiles to be applied to groups.
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