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eEye To Give Away Blink Security Software

eEye To Give Away Blink Security Software
eEye To Give Away Blink Security Software 

By Gregg Keizer
TechWeb Technology News
July 31, 2006

eEye Digital Security will release a free version of its Blink intrusion 
prevention product to consumers in the next few weeks, a company official 
said Monday.

"It'll be the same as the enterprise product," said Marc Maiffret, eEye's 
chief hacking officer. "The consumer market isn't something we [normally] 
go after, but in 2006 there have been more Microsoft zero-day 
vulnerabilities than in at any other time. Consumers are getting left hung 
up to dry."

The Aliso Viejo, Calif. security company sells exclusively to the 
enterprise and small- and medium-business markets, said Maiffret. "We 
think its good marketing to get the word out [about Blink Endpoint 
Intrusion Prevention]," he said.

To be dubbed Blink Personal and available "in the next couple of weeks," 
the security software will include the same protocol-based intrusion 
prevention, anti-spyware tools, identity theft defense, and personal 
firewall as the enterprise-grade version.

eEye's motives aren't completely altruistic: it will collect threat and 
attack statistics anonymously from the users of Personal. "That will let 
us fine-tune Blink's rules," said Maiffret. "[Blink essentially] creates a 
massive honey pot, and consumers adding to that will make the enterprise 
product better."

The company also plans to upsell users of Blink Personal to a 
feature-added Professional edition by the end of the year. The for-a-fee 
version will include a traditional anti-virus scanner; eEye is currently 
negotiating with an AV scanner engine owner to license it for Blink, but 
wasn't ready to disclose the provider.

eEye expects to make a formal announcement in August, at which point it 
will provide the URL for downloading Blink Personal.

"We think it's pretty compelling," concluded Maiffret. "The footprint 
won't be any more than your existing security suit, plus you get the 
functionality of being protected from attacks of all kinds."

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