OPSWAT: Simultaneous Anti-Malware-Engines

IKARUS scan.engine representing the security landscape of central Europe

An IKARUS success story.

With more than 30 combined scan engines, OPSWAT MetaDefender breaks the 99% mark when it comes to detecting cyber threats. The concept offers ISVs, IT administrators and security researchers optimal protection from new attacks as well as defence capabilities against attacks on certain antivirus programs.

“Since the partnership started, we were continually very happy with the IKARUS scan.engine”, Vinh Lam, OPSWAT´s Senior Software Engineer, sums up the six years of cooperation with IKARUS: “The integration was easy, we never had any escalation or critical issue.“

The company from San Francisco has extensive experience with various systems as they are operating more than 30 engines in parallel. “We are especially happy about the stability of the engine”, says Vinh Lam about the Austrian system: “It does not crash nor hang on samples, which is generally a challenge with other engines. This comes along with a good detection performance, including that the engine finds very less false positives.”

Updates of the IKARUS scan.engine are handled with greatest care. “Stability and performance are first priority to us”, says Gaspar Furtado, Head of Development at IKARUS: “We always assure that we only release sufficiently tested versions of highest quality. Thus, we successfully avert performance fluctuations.”

OPSWAT MetaDefender: comparing anti-malware engines

OPSWAT MetaDefender is the perfect product for analysing big data and for comparing different vendors, technologies and regions. Each technology has its particular strength and focus. Different anti-malware engines use different algorithms and approaches, and virus labs are located in different time zones and regions. MetaDefender makes it possible to combine various engines simultaneously on one system.

There is no 100% security. However, OPSWAT has experienced that detection rates increase combining several engines. Especially when it comes to new outbreaks, the time until detection is critical. Often, new samples are detected first by providers with geographical proximity to the malware source. Combining different engines from different regions will boost the probability of quickly detecting new threats.

IKARUS conquers America – and the rest of the world

Located in the centre of Europe, IKARUS Security Software offers professional malware protection for more than 35 years. ”We integrated the IKARUS scan.engine to our portfolio in 2014”, Tom Mullen, former project owner and now Vice President of Business Development at OPSWAT, remembers: “The cooperation was always very good. We appreciate quick consultations, no unnecessary bureaucracy, short communication channels and technicians that understand their business – partners like these make it easier and more fun to work!”

During the following months, customers kept subscribing for the IKARUS scan.engine additionally to their multiscanning package. “In 2015, we added IKARUS as a fixed component on our OPSWAT Metadefender 12”, says Tom Mullen.

“The international interest in our Scan Engine strengthens our development work and it shows, that even small teams can bring it to great success – and join the international market leaders”, proudly says Christian Fritz, COO at IKARUS Security Software: “Our success mirrors the technical skills of our developers and analysts as well as their determination and enthusiasm for their tasks.”

Unbeatable detection performance even without internet connection

In ongoing operations, the IKARUS scan.engine proves to work fast and effective. “IKARUS shows excellent run times, not taking too much CPU or RAM”, says Vinh Lam.

“Our development always kept in focus to build a fast system”, explains Gaspar Furtado: “By finding a solution where the engine can be scaled horizontally with any number of threads, we have overgrown our own expectations. Now we have one of the fastest antivirus system on the market.”

The IKARUS scan.engine is able to inspect samples in all container file types to any level of recursive depth. “Each file is disassembled and unpacked until it is completely examined”, the chief technician explains: “There are no technical limits, but users can define individual time limitations for scan processes per file.” It’s a profitable method: “IKARUS’ detection performance is very strong finding hidden malware in productivity files such as documents and images”, Vinh Lam confirms.

Besides, IKARUS shows an unbeatable performance on air-gap-systems. “Our detection rates remain unaltered even without internet connection. This is valid to all scans and execution including our self developed virtual environment which is part of the engine”, says Gaspar Furtado: “Due to the advantage, our SDK clients with air gaped systems often declare us unbeatable in detection performance which makes us very proud.”

For deeper insights into the features and methods of the IKARUS scan.engine, IKARUS offers regularely workshops, where developers discuss the latest updates and talk about different use cases.


IT Security

IKARUS scan.engine

Customer profile:
OPSWAT protects critical infrastructures. The focus is on threat prevention and process design for secure data transfer and safe device access. The result is productive systems that minimize risk of compromise.


Advantages of the IKARUS scan.engine

  • Supreme performance on air-gap systems – the engine requires no Internet access
  • Use of sophisticated AI in our analysis procedures
  • Thanks to multi-threading one of the fastest systems on the market and scalable as required
  • Unlimited scan depth and support for all file formats (including password protected files)
  • Resource-optimized and powerful – a temporary folder can further reduce memory usage

IKARUS scan.engine product page

Further IKARUS success stories

Volksschule Ried

primary school 2 Ried im Innkreis

Three educational institutions in Ried im Innkreis have one thing in common: they use IKARUS anti.virus as malware protection for their servers and Windows workstations.


"In the event of an incident, every minute counts. The sooner you can get started with targeted measures, the better," Peter Lechner recalls the situation at the time: "Already on the first day after the attack at night, there was a professionally organised crisis meeting with the experts from IKARUS and Mandiant, and we didn't have to wait two or three days for something to happen."
Logo KSV1870

KSV1870 – Austrias leading Creditor Protection Association

“When making the selection decision, it was particularly important for us to find a partner who is ideally located in geographical proximity, has many years of expert know-how and has a globally active partner in the backend. After extensive evaluation, the decision was finally made in favour of XY”, says Thomas Hämmerle.
A1 Digital

A1 Digital – An IKARUS success story.

"In our search for a suitable partner for the essential topic of cyber security, we quickly came across IKARUS Security Software. The already proven cooperation with A1 turned out to be the ideal basis for the desired security platform," Thomas Snor, Director Security at A1 Digital, describes the first steps.


"The challenges for the IT infrastructure are complex because round-the-clock operation is necessary in care. Also the requirements for availability are high."


The partnerships with Nozomi Networks, the technology leader in IT/OT security, and Trellix (formerly FireEye) in collaboration with Mandiant, the market leader in threat intelligence and incident response, combined with the overall know-how and local support of IKARUS, results in a well-rounded total package.


"With IKARUS mail.security with ATP, DerMann has a solution that recognizes and blocks spam, malware, dangerous URLs and harmful attachments before they can penetrate the system and cause damage."

Linz University of the Arts

“What counts for us is reaction speed, little effort on our part and the best possible output. It is not the cheapest bidder that gets a chance with us, but the best bidder: We value the professionalism, availability and problem-free communication with the IKARUS team!”


Securepoint is the German market leader in developing professional Unified Threat Management solutions (solutions combining different security tasks on one platform) and the most significant global manufacturer in the cloud sector.
Merkur Versicherung

Merkur Versicherung takes a bold step into the future

„We know each other by now and we appreciate the professional cooperation.“ Robert Picher, Head of IT at Merkur Versicherung
Suzuki Austria

Suzuki Austria

“We are using Mobile Device Management for the first time and quality, reliability and security are particularly important to us," says Gerhard Eber, ICT Manager at SUZUKI AUSTRIA.

ÖAMTC – FireEye/IKARUS Security Software

“In the end, the decision was made, knowing that the comprehensive know-how of the internationally active group FireEye was combined with IKARUS as a regional partner for implementation and service.“ Christoph Pertl, IT Security Officer at ÖAMTC
Motormobil - Ford4you


“Due to the many systems running in parallel, permanent monitoring of the entire chain is a priority to be able to react quickly if something is not running correctly!” Gerhard Lochner, IT Manager of Motormobil
Wittmann Battenfeld


“IKARUS Security Software reacts extremely quickly to local threats and has thus already saved us from countless attacks – it is a fixed component of our security concept”. Ing. Janusz Russocki, Head of IT at WITTMANN Group
Landesschulrat NÖ

Lower Austria Regional School Board

Helmut Neumayr, MSc, specialist in the area of information technology for the LSR NÖ, is convinced of the overall solution: “The total costs per school could be reduced despite the higher quality, while at the same time reducing complexity and improving support.“
Steyr Arms Logo


The trigger for the decision to work with IKARUS was an acute incident in which the antivirus solution used at the time did not take effect and did not strike either the gateway or the client. One of the few solutions that was ultimately effective was from IKARUS. The cooperation with IKARUS and the service worked very well.
Egger Glas

Egger Glas Insulating and Safety Glass Production

“Our most important criterion for email traffic was a reliable and proven sandbox solution that checks and filters all emails before they reach our mail server. “ Bernhard Posch, Head of IT at Egger Glas GmbH

Cumulo – nimbusec website security monitor

“With IKARUS we have a clear benefit for nimbusec and we benefit also from the long experience of the Austrian company”, says Dipl.-Ing. Marin Leonhartsberger, CEO of Cumulo GmbH.
Computertechnik Wenger & Partner

Computertechnik Wenger & Partner

"IKARUS Security Software covers all our needs in this area and makes this task extremely easy for us with one contact person for all questions!” Michael Haitzmann, managing director Computertechnik Wenger & Partner OG


"With IKARUS I know that they tick in the same way, speak the same language and think as we do." Günter Großschädl, Head of IT Operations
Bad Radkersburg

Bad Radkersburg

Andreas Puntigam, IT manager of the municipality of Bad Radkersburg, knows that an operational 24/7 support can only be achieved with reliable partners: "Externally, we rely on one partner for the entire server landscape, for example, as well as for the firewall." The municipality of Bad Radkersburg has been working with the leading Austrian provider IKARUS Security Software on the important issue of IT security since 2010.
A1 Telekom

A1 Telekom

“IKARUS Security Software provides high-quality security solutions which have been customized for our specific needs. The company staff are a group of highly trained and diligent experts which have an excellent communication style. They are punctual, responsive and highly skilled in terms of technical support which makes our day to day operations and interactions with our end customers much easier.” Thomas Schmidt, MBA MSc, A1 Security Services, A1 Telekom Austria AG
Triburg Freight Services

Triburg Freight Services

“We were impressed by the fast reaction times and the communication style with CLOUDMIND and IKARUS”, says Madhu Kurup, IT-Administrator at TFS


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