Cloud-based vulnerability service introduced by Webroot

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Webroot has added vulnerability scanning to its cloud-based web security service.

Webroot has added vulnerability scanning to its cloud-based web security service.

The company explained that the Webroot Web Security Service offers weekly and monthly tests for more than 400 common vulnerabilities found in the operating system, browsers and applications.

It said that by inspecting applications and analysing them via the cloud, the service can automatically and efficiently identify threats and vulnerabilities as well as identify missing patches. The service is linked to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) National Vulnerability Database, ensuring the latest threats are included in the scan.

Gerhard Eschelbeck, chief technology officer at Webroot, said: “Organisations are finding that vulnerability assessments that are mired on the desktop are becoming more burdensome and less effective. Leveraging the cloud, we're enabling organisations to aggressively monitor their IT infrastructure without worrying about its effect on user productivity, and with much better protection than traditional solutions.”

A full vulnerability scan takes less than 15 seconds and leverages the cloud for up-to-date vulnerabilities and spyware definitions to help ensure endpoints are secure.

Focusing on the programs most susceptible to malicious attacks, a lightweight scan at the endpoint uploads process information to the cloud, where Webroot identifies vulnerabilities and centralises results in a web-based management portal. Administrators can search and sort by machine, user, type of scan and number of vulnerabilities and then drill down to view information about each machine or threat.

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