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BullGuard Supercharges Its Anti-Malware Engine

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BullGuard, a London cybersecurity software provider, unveiled a new anti-malware engine that will enable its portfolio of products, BullGuard Premium Protection, Internet Security and Antivirus, to detect and block today's most advanced threats.

"The new engine is specifically designed to protect against zero-day threats or threats, such as polymorphic malware and file-less attacks, for which traditional signature-based engines are insufficient. The engine monitors a wide array of behaviors across the device and utilizes a comprehensive set of rules to discriminate bad behavior from good," explained Paul Lipman, CEO of BullGuard.

"The client-side engine is supported by a cloud-based machine learning system that continually learns from data across our customer base, and from our automated malware research systems, so the ruleset and engine functionality improves on an on-going basis," continued Lipman.

The company is further branching out from its consumer antivirus roots with a real-time Home Network Scanner feature in BullGuard Premium Protection that continually scans a home's Wi-Fi networks for internal threats. It also enlists the cloud to scan home networks using external vectors, a similar tactic to that used by security professionals to perform penetration testing.

Home Network Scanner helps users better cope with a growing source of cybersecurity problems for the industry: poorly-secured Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Botnets comprised of hundreds of thousands of IoT devices have been linked to debilitating distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that slowed internet traffic in parts of the U.S. According to a recent report from Deloitte, over a third of healthcare IoT organizations suffered a cybersecurity incident.

BullGuard wants to spare households that pain.

"Earlier this year BullGuard released an IoT scanner that checks whether your home network is accessible from the open internet. We found that approximately five percent of people using our scanner had open ports that could potentially be compromised by attackers," revealed Lipman.

"Consumer routers are notoriously hackable, as we've seen this year in multiple news stories (most notably the Wikileaks revelation about how the CIA has been pwning consumer routers for over a decade)," he added. "The new home network scanner offered in BullGuard Premium Protection takes this scanning to the next level, utilizing a deeper scan from multiple locations in the cloud, and coupling this with internal network scanning capabilities to ensure that our customers are immediately aware of potential vulnerabilities."

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