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By Dennis Fisher  |  Posted 2003-09-08 Print this article Print

CA has decided to stick with a software approach to its anti-virus efforts. The companys eTrust Antivirus 7.1, due for release this fall, includes support for a variety of wireless devices, including those running Microsoft Corp.s Pocket PC operating system or the Smartphone platform. The new version also has a unified management console that can handle the administration of any client on any platform, including Linux, NetWare, Windows and Unix. CA has added dozens of reports to eTrust Antivirus 7.1, giving customers more than 60 reports from which to choose—all accessible from the management console. "Weve created enough reports for the anti-virus administrator to keep management happy," said Ian Hameroff, eTrust security strategist at CA, based in Islandia, N.Y.

Customers said the improvements in Version 7.1 put it solidly in the upper tier of enterprise anti-virus products. "Weve always liked the two [scanning] engines. The idea of having a chance to catch things in two places is nice," said Leo Dittemore, director of technology services at Healthcare Partners Medical Group, based in Torrance, Calif., which replaced Symantec and McAfee products with eTrust Antivirus. "The central administration and reporting in 7.1 addresses a lot of our concerns about knowing whats going on," Dittemore said.

Meanwhile, Network Associates Inc. has moved back from its focus on the anti-virus space and is concentrating much of its resources on reshaping the company into an intrusion prevention vendor. This has left the door open for Symantec and especially CA, which recently made a big play in the enterprise anti-virus market. Company officials said the gains CA has made in the market are the result of competitive wins over established competitors, mainly NAI and Symantec.

"Network Associates is refocusing their efforts, so its not as much of an anti-virus company now," said analyst Pete Lindstrom, research director at Spire Security LLC, in Malvern, Pa. "It doesnt surprise me. Symantecs ability to successfully address mail-borne viruses is because they nail them at the gateway, and theyre using that technology to do more than just [anti-virus]."

NAI officials said anti-virus is still a big part of NAIs strategy and will be for the foreseeable future, reports a spokesman for McAfee Security, a division of NAI, based in Santa Clara, Calif.

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