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Symantec Granted Patent for Anti-Virus Technology

December 15th, 2005

Symantec has been granted a new patent for anti-virus technology by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Symantec was granted for histogram-based malicious code detection technology that helps detect more easily complex threats, such as spyware and worms.

“With this patent, Symantec continues to set the standard in the information security space for innovating new technology that is fundamental for protecting individuals and businesses alike from today’s cyber threats,” said Mark Bregman, chief technology officer, Symantec.

Histogram-based detection is a fundamental anti-virus technology deployed in the company’s portfolio of anti-virus solutions. It uses a prioritized count of various behaviors and instructions to identify common properties of malicious code. The technology was developed in 1997 by Carey Nachenberg, Symantec’s chief architect.

“Histogram-based malicious code detection is one of the most effective and efficient ways of solving the problem of complex threat detection,” said Nachenberg. “Without this technology, it would be extremely difficult to identify such threats without also significantly impacting performance.”

Symantec owns more than 200 patents in a variety of areas, including antivirus, intrusion detection/prevention, firewall, security and software management, storage and imaging, software distribution, compression/encryption, anti-spam, anti-spyware, and virtual private network security.

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