Benefits and features of Symantec Scan Engine 5.0

Article:TECH80689  |  Created: 2002-01-03  |  Updated: 2005-01-15  |  Article URL
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This page describes the benefits and features of Symantec Scan Engine 5.0 and Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine 4.0.


Symantec Scan Engine, formerly marketed as Symantec AntiVirus Scan Engine, is a carrier-class content scanning engine. The scan engine features all of the key content-scanning technologies that are available in the complete line of Symantec enterprise security products.

The Symantec Scan Engine runs on computers in your organization's infrastructure or on one or more separate computers on the network. Install Symantec Scan Engine on additional computers to handle increased loads as needed. The scan engine API automatically balances loads when multiple installations run in a network.

The Symantec Scan Engine automatically restarts if it fails for any reason. This product is ideal for always-on Internet environments.

The Symantec Scan Engine is one of the fastest in the industry.

Virus protection
Symantec Scan Engine has the same virus-protection capabilities of other Symantec antivirus products. An additional feature is the ability to help prevent denial of service attacks. A denial of service attack uses a container with embedded compressed files.

Through Symantec LiveUpdate technology, Symantec Scan Engine can automatically update virus definitions without interruption of virus scans.

Use the Web-based administrative interface to manage any other computer on your network with Symantec Scan Engine installed. Symantec Scan Engine provides full featured logs and alerts for a full range of activity. The alerts can be either SMTP or SNMP.

Multiple protocol support
The Symantec Scan Engine accepts scan requests from client applications using one of three protocols:
  • The Symantec Scan Engine native protocol
  • The Internet Content Adaptation Protocol (ICAP) version 1.0, as presented in RFC 3507 (April 2003)
  • A proprietary implementation of remote procedure call (RPC)

Ease of integration
The Symantec Scan Engine runs on Sun Solaris, Red Hat Linux, SuSE Linux, Microsoft Windows 2000 Server, and Server 2003. The scan engine can run on a separate computer on the network. A software developer’s kit is provided for those who want to create their own integration. The client side API can be used to add virus scans to any C or C++ application. Symantec provides a number of connectors for the Symantec Scan engine.

Billing support
The Symantec Scan Engine maintains bandwidth utilization statistics and file-scanning statistics to facilitate different billing schemes.

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