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Dasient Releases Free Open-Source Web Anti-Malware Technology

August 11, 2009 by  

Web Hosting ToolsWASHINGTON DC – Today at HostingCon 2009, Dasient launched Mod Anti-Malware Lite, an open source version of its Web Anti-Malware (WAM) remediation technology. Mod Anti-Malware Lite is an Apache server module that will help site owners, web hosts, and developers protect themselves against the effects of web-based attacks that can compromise their sites and spread malware to their users. Mod Anti-Malware Lite will be made available today at www.dasient.com/partners and www.sourceforge.net.

“Every day, thousands of legitimate websites are infected with malicious code, and the speed, scale, and complexity of these attacks makes it difficult for website owners to identify and address the resulting infections,” said Dr. Neil Daswani, one of Dasient’s three co-founders. “Now more than ever it’s important for site owners to deploy defenses that can operate at the scale and speed required to deal with this problem.”

The most immediate result of web malware infection is blacklisting by search engines like Google and Yahoo; browsers like Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Chrome; and desktop anti-virus providers like Norton and McAfee. Using Dasient’s Web-Anti Malware service can help sites stay off these blacklists, all of which can have a significant impact on site traffic, reputation, and revenue. Dasient WAM is the only web anti-malware service on the market that can monitor, automatically identify, and quarantine malware on websites before it can infect visitors and cause a loss of traffic, reputation, and revenue.

Dasient is making Mod Anti-Malware Lite available as open source so that web hosts, site owners, and developers can test the Dasient WAM technology on their sites and explore different uses of the technology. When used in conjunction with the Dasient WAM monitoring and diagnostic service, the module will prevent any page that’s been infected with malware from being served to users. Anyone who downloads and installs Mod Anti-Malware Lite will be granted a limited free trial of the Dasient WAM monitoring and diagnostic service, to be used in conjunction with the module.

Compared with the technology offered in Mod Anti-Malware Lite, the remediation technology in the premium service takes things a step further, removing any dangerous code but still serving the rest of the page to users, so site owners both protect their users from infection and stay open for business.

Dasient Launches Partner Center and Announces New Web-Host Partners

Also today, Dasient is launching a new partner center at www.dasient.com/partners. The partner center is designed to be a resource for web hosting providers, enabling them to quickly and easily sign their customer domains up for free blacklist monitoring, download Mod Anti-Malware Lite, and more.

Dasient is also happy to announce new distribution partnerships with five web hosting providers: Consolidated, Vexxhost, Ultrahosting, and Nerds on Site in North America and Diadem Technologies in India. These partners will be integrating Dasient WAM into their product platforms in the coming months, selling the product to their customers and sharing revenue with Dasient.

About Dasient
Dasient is an Internet security company that protects businesses from web-based malware attacks. It is the first to develop a complete Web Anti-Malware service that can monitor, automatically identify, and quarantine malware on websites before it can infect visitors and cause a loss of traffic, reputation, and revenue. Dasient was founded by former Google engineers Neil Daswani and Shariq Rizvi and former McKinsey strategy consultant Ameet Ranadive. They are backed by a group of seed investors who also invested in VeriSign, Citrix, Twitter, Digg, Tumbleweed, Finjan, and more.

About Dasient WAM
The Dasient WAM monitoring and diagnostic services are built on a set of behavioral analysis technologies that continually crawl customer sites and the web, identifying new web-based malware infections. The monitoring and diagnostic tools are provided to customers as a web service, and the quarantining technologies are made available as web server modules that can be installed by customers or web hosting providers.

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