Reporting Is Where the Money Is:

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Sunbelt Software’s CWSandbox creates automated blended attacks, letting IT solution providers and IT consultants test a security solution's muscle. The product also provides IT solution providers and IT consultants with another tool for creating services revenue.

Of course, gathering all of that information and performing those tests can prove to be quite valuable to a security VAR, but the real power of the product comes from the reporting capabilities. Here, CWSandbox performs a granular analysis to provide better readability of the data collected. The analysis captures resource events which include API calls, WinSock, packets and more.

That analysis drives the product’s report capabilities. Those reports start out as  XML files and can be automatically parsed with XSL templates to generate HTML or text reports. Reports show information on the list of newly created files and registry entries, as well as any processes that were launched by the malware application. The reports can be e-mailed automatically to the submitter or administrator, stored in the database or presented in the Web interface.

For solution providers, the reports become the deliverables to the customer. Not only can the solution provider (or service provider) charge for the reports, those same reports can be used to sell remediation services if needed. For managed security providers, the functions of CWSandbox can be used to deliver peace of mind and prove to customers that they are protected. What’s more, as new malware threats arrive, the testing process can be done again to make sure that security application updates are offering protection from the latest threats.

CWSandbox has been tested on Windows 2000, XP and Vista. Running it on other operating systems will require modifications. MySQL and MS SQL databases are supported. CWSandbox can run in VMware environments on a single machine or cluster. The recommended minimum hardware configuration consists of a Xeon 3+Ghz CPU, 2+Gig RAM and appropriate storage. The company also recommends using the Sunbelt Personal Firewall for terminating potential outbound malware traffic and Faronics Deep Freeze Enterprise for restoring "clean" images after testing. Product pricing is available upon request directly from Sunbelt Software or one of the company’s authorized partners.

Frank Ohlhorst Frank J. Ohlhorst is the Executive Technology Editor for eWeek Channel Insider and brings with him over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology field.He began his career as a network administrator and applications program in the private sector for two years before joining a computer consulting firm as a programmer analyst. In 1988 Frank founded a computer consulting company, which specialized in network design, implementation, and support, along with custom accounting applications developed in a variety of programming languages.In 1991, Frank took a position with the United States Department of Energy as a Network Manager for multiple DOE Area Offices with locations at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPL), Argonne National Laboratory (ANL), FermiLAB and the Ames Area Office (AMESAO). Frank's duties included managing the site networks, associated staff and the inter-network links between the area offices. He also served at the Computer Security Officer (CSO) for multiple DOE sites. Frank joined CMP Technology's Channel group in 1999 as a Technical Editor assigned to the CRN Test Center, within a year, Frank became the Senior Technical Editor, and was responsible for designing product testing methodologies, assigning product reviews, roundups and bakeoffs to the CRN Test Center staff.In 2003, Frank was named Technology Editor of CRN. In that capacity, he ensured that CRN maintained a clearer focus on technology and increased the integration of the Test Center's review content into both CRN's print and web properties. He also contributed to Netseminar's, hosted sessions at CMP's Xchange Channel trade shows and helped to develop new methods of content delivery, Such as CRN-TV.In September of 2004, Frank became the Director of the CRN Test Center and was charged with increasing the Test Center's contributions to CMP's Channel Web online presence and CMP's latest monthly publication, Digital Connect, a magazine geared towards the home integrator. He also continued to contribute to CMP's Netseminar series, Xchange events, industry conferences and CRN-TV.In January of 2007, CMP Launched CRNtech, a monthly publication focused on technology for the channel, with a mailed audience of 70,000 qualified readers. Frank was instrumental in the development and design of CRNTech and was the editorial director of the publication as well as its primary contributor. He also maintained the edit calendar, and hosted quarterly CRNTech Live events.In June 2007, Frank was named Senior Technology Analyst and became responsible for the technical focus and edit calendars of all the Channel Group's publications, including CRN, CRNTech, and VARBusiness, along with the Channel Group's specialized publications Solutions Inc., Government VAR, TechBuilder and various custom publications. Frank joined Ziff Davis Enterprise in September of 2007 and focuses on creating editorial content geared towards the purveyors of Information Technology products and services. Frank writes comparative reviews, channel analysis pieces and participates in many of Ziff Davis Enterprise's tradeshows and webinars. He has received several awards for his writing and editing, including back to back best review of the year awards, and a president's award for CRN-TV. Frank speaks at many industry conferences, is a contributor to several IT Books, holds several records for online hits and has several industry certifications, including Novell's CNE, Microsoft's MCP.Frank can be reached at frank.ohlhorst@ziffdavisenterprise.com

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