IT security and control firm Sophos today announced a new
partnership with leading Russian search engine Yandex which will
notify users of the Russian search engine if they encounter
infected webpages among search results.
Yandex is Russia's largest internet company, with more than 12
million users from Russia, Ukraine and other countries. Yandex will
use Sophos Anti-Virus
Interface, Sophos's standalone virus detection engine, to scan
webpages for malicious content.
As malware attacks continue to focus on infecting innocent web
pages, Yandex can now notify its users of any malicious pages to
help avoid the spread of infection.
Yandex is also providing additional services for its customers
including the option for webmasters to sign up to a facility that
allows them to monitor the current status of the site and will
provide details about any malware detected. Sophos currently finds
one new infected webpage every four and a half seconds and with
greater visibility into Russian internet behaviour, this figure is
likely to rise.
"This partnership is mutually beneficial for both companies and
their customers," said Arthur Robinson, EMEA Strategic Account
Manager at Sophos. "Not only is Sophos protecting Yandex's users
from visiting infected sites, but the information that is sent back
to Sophos will be used to improve our products, enhancing the level
of protection for our customers."
Interface™ enables users of a wide range of standalone
industry-standard applications to benefit from high-speed
integration with the Sophos virus detection engine, seamlessly
protecting business networks from viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware
Yandex is Russia's largest internet company, whose websites
attract a workday audience of more than 12 million users from
Russia, Ukraine and other countries. Yandex's major goal is to give
answers to users' questions. www.yandex.com