Vanguard Integrity Professionalannounced that the company has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for innovations in real-time intrusion prevention and detection technology. Vanguard invented a new “method and system for detecting and preventing an intrusion in multiple platform computing environments” to enable organizations to identify when an intruder is attempting to use maliciously obtained information to access computer systems running Windows, Red Hat Linux, SUSE Linux, Novell, Sun Solaris, HP Unix, AIX, and OS400 operating systems.
Vanguard’s technology, which is part of its ezSignOn identity management software, uses a centralized authentication broker to securely store both a primary authentication file and a decoy authentication file. If an intruder captures user information from a local computer system, they obtain the user’s authentication information (ID, password, etc.) with the decoy authenticator. When the intruder then tries to access the local computer system using the captured authenticator and identifier, the system recognizes that the authenticator file has been compromised and takes a number of steps to protect the environment including stopping the intrusion, sending alerts and other actions as mandated by the security administrator.
“We have always been an innovator in computer and data security and this new patent further demonstrates our commitment to excellence,” said Ronn Bailey, Vanguard’s founder, CEO and CTO. “Vanguard is pleased to offer customers this highly secure and streamlined intrusion prevention and detection capability as a means to further secure computers throughout their enterprises.”