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Efficient and "intelligent" virus scanning by combining data from backup solutions with virus scanner Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035564D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jan-25
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-25

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A combination of remote backup and virus scanning technologies are exploited. A client's data is backed up incrementally by a remote backup server. The backup server virus scans any data which is backed up. Only data which is not scanned remotely by the backup server is scanned locally at the client. Distributed remote virus scanning significantly reduces the CPU and I/O. With this combination, computers (the local client) may be scanned whilst incurring relatively little CPU and I/O cost. The low cost allows more frequent scanning, and the distrubuted nature allows centralised handling of the scan results.