Domino Security Gets System i Watchdog
April 8, 2008 Dan Burger
IBM‘s Lotus Domino is a popular choice for many System i users for intranet or Internet Web sites. Naturally, there are security issues regarding the Domino server (as there would be for any server) in either of these environments. Although Lotus Notes and Domino have a fairly solid reputation for security and the System i has near vault-like lock-down capabilities, there are holes that can be penetrated. Last week, Bytware, announced a module for scanning Lotus Domino mail and databases residing on the System i.
Bytware is a long-time provider of System i monitoring and security solutions. Its StandGuard Anti-Virus family of products (powered by McAfee) has been available since 2003 and has built a reputation of its own based on fending off Web-transmitted viruses that can infect the Integrated File System (IFS). The IFS is an operating system component that supports stream input/output and storage management provides an integrating structure over all information stored in the server. StandGuard runs natively on i5/OS and OS/400.
The Domino module works like Bytware’s other antivirus products, which include protection for Linux and AIX environments in addition to the System i itself. The System i, when linked to unprotected, Internet-connected PC clients, is susceptible to viruses, worms, Trojan horses, and malware, any of which can be continually replicated between the IFS and PC clients causing reinfection. Bytware’s product detects and kills Windows viruses in the IFS.
Bytware’s products scan within compressed, packed, and OLE files. They also detect and clean macro and script viruses, encrypted and polymorphic viruses, as well as Trojan horses, worms, and many other types of malicious software. The Domino module requires StandGuard Anti-Virus for System i, which can be purchased separately.
The feature list for the Domino module includes:
Real time alerts
Because StandGuard Anti-Virus for System i is required to use the Domino module, users can view and manage all activities via a Web browser as an option to using the traditional Notes user interface. Green screen and iSeries Navigator plug-ins are also available.
In addition to the traditional Notes user interface, the product also provides a Web browser interface to view and manage all activities across multiple remote servers.
The software is available now. Pricing was not disclosed. For more information, see www.bytware.com.