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New security appliance with no static rules

Two North Carolina-based researchers have developed a plug-and-play appliance that they claim can stop network-based attacks, even unknown ones, and can help contain malware outbreaks. But, they warn, don’t throw out other network security tools just yet. A duo at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte call the new appliance Access Enforcer and say a major benefit, in addition to ease of use, is that it automatically shuts down unusual traffic while letting “good traffic” continue to flow unabated. The product is the brainchild of Yuliang Zheng, professor of information technology at UNC-Charlotte and Lawrence Teo, a doctoral student there. A few years ago, Zheng started thinking of ways to dynamically assess network risks without relying on signature files. “Real-time adjustments can then to be made based by risk thresholds for certain services,” he said during a recent interview. Full Story

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