Authentium Releases ESP Antivirus for Mac OS X

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First major release of new Macintosh antivirus product this year; technology based on extensively-proven Command Antivirus dynamic virus scanner and advanced heuristics; first product designed specifically to protect against retransmission of both Mac and Windows threats; product suite includes built-in support for the Authentium ESP extensible security platform framework.

Authentium announced today the release of Authentium ESP Antivirus for Macintosh OS X – the first new Macintosh product release from a major antivirus vendor this year.    

Authentium ESP Antivirus for Macintosh OS X utilizes the Authentium ESP extensible service platform framework, plus the extensively-tested and proven Command Antivirus technology. Authentium ESP Antivirus for Macintosh OS X includes Authentium’s award-winning scanning features, the proven F-Prot Professional scanning engine, plus a number of industry-leading heuristic virus detection procedures developed by Authentium researchers.        

“Authentium ESP Antivirus for Mac OS X represents a major leap forward in both technology and the design approach to enabling security for Macs,” said Robert Sandilands, head of Antivirus Research and Development at Authentium. “We based our new Mac product around the idea of an easy-to-use security software platform, supported by state-of-the-art technologies from multiple vendors. The result is a great-looking product with unbeatable functionality and power.”    

Authentium’s product release announcement comes on the heels of news concerning the spread of a potentially powerful new Mac threat called “Opener” (also known as MacOS/Renepo.A through MacOS/Renepo.M). The new virus, which first appeared last week, appears designed to specifically target Mac OS X and Unix-based platforms. Opener presents a root kit for Mac systems, a set of tools that hackers could use to target Unix-based operating systems such as Mac OS X in the future.

“Mac-specific threats like Opener create immediate issues for Mac users who have not had to purchase security software before, or who have not kept their existing antivirus up to date,” added Mr. Sandilands. “Authentium ESP Antivirus for Mac is based on the very latest scanning approaches and provides powerful protection against threats like Opener. Plus, Authentium ESP scans for both Mac and Windows viruses, ensuring that schools and other mixed-platform environments are better protected than ever before.”    

Mr. Sandilands, who has overseen development of the Mac antivirus product and other Authentium ESP for Mac plug-ins over the past two years, said he was personally very pleased to be contributing technology to the Mac user base.

“I’m a long-time Mac user, and I love it. It’s personally very gratifying to me to be witnessing the release of this product. I hope other Mac users find it a useful addition to their desktops.”

About Authentium

Based in West Palm Beach, Florida, Authentium develops core antivirus, system defense, and data interception and analysis technologies, and is one of the fastest-growing privately-held companies in the security software industry. Authentium provides services to more than 2,200 enterprise, government agency, and education customers worldwide, and more than eight million ISP subscribers, including Comcast and Cox Communications, two of the three leading high speed data providers in the United States. More information on Authentium is available at

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