Dealing with spyware, , and other has become a daily challenge for IT staff. There’s no lack of potential solutions on the market, but finding an effective solution is a whole other challenge. Many products only react to spyware once an infection has occurred. The real answer to the spyware problem has to be proactive prevention – blocking spyware from entering the network and preventing pre-existing spyware installations from activating. Rather than address the spyware problem with the traditional ‘point solution’ approach, FaceTime takes a broader view. Spyware applications are addressed as part of the broader problems posed by greynets , which encompass both legitimate and unauthorized applications that share a key common attribute – they are not controlled by existing corporate security procedures. IM, P2P, Web browsing, and other greynets can:

  • Expose vulnerabilities and become vectors for spyware distribution
  • Establish undetectable outbound communications that may facilitate data leaks
  • Put organizations in breach of privacy legislation without their knowledge
  • Sap employee productivity and increase helpdesk costs

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While spyware exists at the darkest end of the greynet spectrum, it still exhibits the same traits as legitimate greynet applications such as web conferencing or VoIP applications – evasive network behavior and end-user-level deployment. For this reason spyware, unlike viruses or worms, can be delivered by a plurality of vectors, and so poses a different prevention challenge – one that requires Defense in Depth. FaceTime’s Defense in Depth model pulls together strategies that effectively prevent spyware from invading corporate networks through an easy-to-manage approach that’s backed by the unique strengths of the FaceTime Security Labs team:

  • Disable user access to known spyware infection sites
  • Prevent installation of spyware applications, regardless of the vector used
  • Block spyware downloads and drive-by installs of known spyware packages
  • Detect and block “phone-home” activities of adware applications
  • Provide targeted remediation for infected PCs with no false alarms
  • Prevent spyware on both managed and unmanaged (remote) PCs
  • Clean only infected PCs with efficient targeted remediation, avoiding resource-draining false positives
  • “Freeze” existing spyware applications and prevent re-infection with patent-pending inoculation

Source: FaceTime Communications