Cyveillance launches Site Safety Index, helping identify malicious web sites

By | November 7, 2006

Cyveillance has announced the launch of the Cyveillance Site Safety Index (CSSI), the first security solution to provide reputation ratings for over 90 million domains. CSSI can be integrated into existing solutions to identify Web sites that contain illegal or malicious content including those involved with identity theft, malware, spyware, adware, phishing, pornography, gambling and other objectionable content.

Presenting comprehensive intelligence about Web sites, CSSI correlates a broad set of attributes, including downloads, behaviors, site content and affiliations to calculate a single score that represents the risk level associated with visiting any given Web site. The continuously updated database assigns risk ratings to nearly every site on the Internet independent of their popularity, location or language.

CSSI is comprised of specific Web site characteristics, that when combined provide an overall risk factor for a given Web site. These components include:

  • Site Risk Rating Score – An overall score of risk posed to users based on a collection of Web site attributes that cause a negative impact on the Web surfer.
  • Behavior – The behavioral aspects of a Web site such as pop ups, browser hi-jacks, and auto redirects.
  • Phishing – Information about whether the Web site is involved in a phishing attack
  • Malware – Downloads available on a site that contains malware, spyware, or adware.
  • Objectionable content – Information about whether or not the Web site contains pornographic or gambling content.
  • Affiliations – Information about a Web site’s relationships with other Web sites.

CSSI is powered by adaptive, automated technology that proactively tests Web sites to determine their trustworthiness. To evaluate sites, the technology downloads files, analyzes content and monitors Web site behaviors. The use of behavior, text and signature-based approaches enables CSSI to identify both known and unknown risks allowing for the warning or blocking of access to these sites by ISPs, next generation security products and Web 2.0 services.

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