TOKYO, May 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- SHINOBI Defense Platform marks an abrupt departure from the standard PC security model. Instead of a black list of prohibited software, viruses, malware and similar threats — also known as a signature file — SHINOBI relies upon a white list of approved programs and applications. Humming Heads, Inc. (http://www.hummingheads.co.jp/english/), the company behind SHINOBI Defense Platform, believes the rapid and continuing evolution of threat vectors has reached a tipping point where a white list approach now makes good, practical sense.
"Everyone in the information technology is coming around to the understanding that black list approaches are the next wave in information security," explained Kato Mikiya, president of Humming Heads USA, Inc. "We're riding the crest of that wave by bringing this elite, future-proof security tool to home users everywhere."
Recent estimates peg the number of discrete threats against home and business PCs at about 500 million, which includes threats both known and unknown. Security systems that attempt to maintain a catalogue of all rogue actors have become increasingly top heavy and barely capable of keeping pace. A white list, on the other hand, is far simpler to manage. Another key advantage of white lists is their resistance to zero day attacks — cyberattacks that exploit previously unknown weaknesses in software and systems. These attacks wreak a tremendous economic toll, and black list-based security tools are all but powerless to stop them.
Mikiya compared SHINOBI's white list technology to a personal contact book. No one keeps a list of people with whom he or she doesn't want to communicate. Yet that's the premise of signature-based information security. From this perspective, it's easy to see the advantages of a white list.
"A PC white list might include 30 million units," added Mikiya. "While that sounds like a large number, it's much smaller than the 500 million required by a merely adequate black list approach — not to mention that a white list will be relatively static, whereas a black list must continually evolve as new threats enter the arena."
White lists are already the status quo for web apps, given the dynamic environment within which they must operate. But SHINOBI Defense Platform extends the white list approach to the entire PC environment, even offline processes. The company's ambition is to force a paradigm shift in how PCs are protected from the countless threats they face every day.
Humming Heads security professionals have spent a decade engineering the white list technology solution that underpins SHINOBI Defense Platform. The technology was born in the government and corporate sector, and the home version offers the same level of protection as the most high-profile deployment.
SHINOBI Defense Platform made its debut at this year's RSA® Conference. The free trial of the home version aims to raise Humming Heads' company profile while also making the world safer for PCs and their users.
About Humming Heads, Inc.
Founded in 2009, Humming Heads offers a complete solution to fight the advanced threats that target a company's endpoints and servers. The company aims to provide top-level information security software to help individuals and businesses use information technology comfortably and safety. Major Japanese infrastructure companies and corporations rely on Humming Heads to safeguard their networks, including many sections of government, electric power companies and expressway companies. Learn more at http://www.hummingheads.co.jp/english/ and follow @HummingheadsUSA on Twitter.
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