M86 Security Gains Patent

Orange-based M86 Security, a developer of web security software, reported today that it has received a U.S. Patent for its malware detection technology. The patent, number 7,607,171, is entitled "Virus detection by executing e-mail code in a virtual machine" and names Walter L. Marsden and David E. Green as inventors; it appears the patent stems from M86 Security's acquisition of Avinti, a malware detection firm, in March of 2009. M86 said that the technology covered by the patent will appear as its Blended Threats Module, an optional add-on to its email filtering product, MailMarshal, sometime in early November.