05.07.2013 | Austria

S&T AG: cutting edge firewall technology protection protects against new malware

S&T – provider of IT technologies introduces reverse firewalls on to the market

S&T AG and an American software producer are introducing reverse firewalls on to the market. Conventional firewalls fail to recognize malware that they do not recognize as being such, or which has mutated. Reverse firewalls, on the other hand, have the capability of recognizing anomalies in the network and in connections to servers managing such programs. This appliance solution comes in both virtual and hardware forms. This enables the solution to be easily integrated into each network.

Crippled computers at public institutions, the stealing of data on thousands of credit cards from a consumer electronics company, and the hijacking of corporate servers to be spam relays - these are the forms taken thousands of times every day by the attacks of malware. Victims of such are both companies and private persons. This malware is often unknown and highly complex. These features enable it to infiltrate networks that are supposed to be highly secure.

Reverse firewalls are often the way to effectively protect against such malware's attacks on your systems. Conventional anti-virus systems use signature-based technologies to scan networks and to lock certain ports. A reverse firewall, on the other hand, is capable of recognizing the effects of malware upon networks. To do so, rather than, as is now customary, analyzing the incoming stream of data, this technology monitors the outgoing ones. S&T AG joined with an American producer of software to develop such a revolutionary solution. The product takes the forms of both a virtual and a hardware-based appliance. It complements other security devices stationed in networks that are also comprised of Microsoft and Android-based desktops, notebooks, tablets, servers and smart phones.

Genius powered the development of the technology enabling this feat. Expertise on malware gained from a wide variety of sources and highly-complex tests conducted in laboratories facilitated the compilation of a recognition heuristic employed in the command and control of data traffic. This enables the identification of links emanating from malware that is waiting for orders to be placed via the Internet. This capability encompasses servers controlling networks in a constant state of alteration. The technology is also able to recognize – with an extremely high rate of accuracy - “anomalies” in the network. In cases in which the network is displaying such behavior, the creation of a link to and from the respective end device is immediately brought to a halt. The administrator is then immediately informed.

S&T AG (formerly Quanmax AG) is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (ISIN AT0000A0E9W5, WKN A0X9EJ, SANT). It has 1,500 employees. They work at 19 offices in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). S&T is one of Eastern Europe's three largest suppliers of IT solutions and systems. S&T's main assets are the breadth of its portfolio of products and services, many of whose technologies were proprietarily developed, and of its network in the CEE region. S&T's record quarter enabled it to register revenues of some Euro 340 million in the past financial year. The pursuit of the business of developing the proprietary technologies required by vertical markets is expected to yield in the current year a rise in earnings outpacing that of revenues.