IMlogic’s Threat Center

On December 7, 2004, IM middleware vendor IMlogic announced its IM Threat Center. Key elements are:

  • Corporate users, anti-virus vendors, and IM hosted services send in alerts about new threats as soon as they are received
  • IMlogic maintains IM honeypots to identify new threats
  • New filters are distributed quickly and automatically to users of IMlogic�s software

An impressive list of initial vendors are participating in the program, lending it credibility and power, including:

  • Anti-virus/Spam: Symantec, McAfee, Sybari, CipherTrust
  • IM services: AOL, Yahoo, MSN
  • IM software: Microsoft, IBM/Lotus, Jabber

Pooling IM threat detection in this way makes sense. Anti-virus vendors have done this for some years. It helps the vendors respond to new threats more quickly. Clearly, this sharing of information needs to be fairly open. For the moment, IMlogic's approach is mainly focussed on helping IMlogic's customers, although as time proceeds the initiative should have a high degree of vendor-neutral openness.

For more details, see the press release here.

Author: David Ferris

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