Lightspeed Systems Makes Public Its Core Databases: Web Content, Programs, and Viruses -- Antivirus-vendor comparison tests also unveiled

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Lightspeed Systems, developer of innovative and integrated security software products for K-12 school networks, today made public its web content, program and virus databases. The searchable "Lightspeed Archive" may be accessed at http://www.erating.com. Because Lightspeed Systems downloads the entire Internet to its army of servers monthly, the Archive is the largest and most current database of web sites, programs, and viruses that is publicly available on the Internet.

The Lightspeed Archive is a powerful tool for both TTC customers and non-customers. Such relevant information concerning network security has never been so current, nor so readily available.

Viruses, spyware, key loggers, Trojans, hacker tools and other threats are listed in the Virus Archive. Details of each threat include the most common alternate names, where and when it was found on the web, and a Google search link to learn more about the virus. The vast database of viruses was systematically collected from web sites, customers, and other antivirus researchers.

In addition, the results of Lightspeed Systems' antivirus vendor comparison tests may be viewed. As part of Lightspeed Systems' software quality check, its antivirus solution is compared against other antivirus vendors' products. Rob McCarthy, Lightspeed Systems CTO, explains, "If Lightspeed Systems is the only antivirus vendor that identifies a given file as virus infected, then we check that file again and again to make sure we are not over blocking good programs or documents." Of course, the tests also reveal what threats Lightspeed found that the other antivirus products did not detect. These antivirus comparison tests are compiled weekly in a chart and displayed along with a full explanation of the test procedure.

As for web sites, the Web Archive shows how each is placed into one of over 100 categories using sophisticated algorithms that analyze content and internal links. With thousands of new sites added every day and all sites re-analyzed during Lightspeed Systems' monthly Internet download, it is the most current and accurate resource for determining web site content and classification.

Finally, the Program Archive contains information about non-malicious software such as games, file-sharing software, media down-loaders and other categories that network administrators may be interested in controlling. This ever-growing list also includes current software updates and business applications so administrators can be confident that installed software is legitimate.

Joel Heinrichs, Lightspeed Systems CEO, comments, "The Lightspeed Archive is a powerful tool for both TTC customers and non-customers. Such relevant information concerning network security has never been so current, nor so readily available."

About Lightspeed Systems

Lightspeed Systems, Inc. develops network security software to ensure CIPA compliance and provide total traffic control to educational IT professionals through a single interface. TTC is deployed in approximately 600 school districts throughout the U.S. and protects over 4 million end users from the dangers of the Internet. The company has been developing software for over 20 years to provide leading-edge networking software for a worldwide customer base of education and corporate organizations. Lightspeed Systems maintains their corporate headquarters at: 1800 19th Street, Bakersfield, California. Telephone: (661) 716-7600. Web site: http://www.lightspeedsystems.com.

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