CA Partners with Microsoft on Free Security Solution
Computer Associates is pushing its security solutions downstream into Symantec's end-user territory, and it's partnering with Microsoft and its own e-tail channel to do it.LAS VEGASComputer Associates took a giant step toward the retail channel Tuesday. In a joint announcement with Microsoft Corp. at the Comdex show here, CA said it would make one-year subscriptions to CAs eTrust EZ Armor anti-virus and firewall desktop-security suite available to qualified Windows home users at no cost. The announcement, which extends CAs partnership in Microsofts Protect Your PC program, was greeted warmly by Tom Button, corporate vice president of Windows at Microsoft Corp. "Helping Windows customers get more secure and stay protected is a top priority," he said.
eTrust EZ Armor pairs a consumer version of CAs enterprise-class eTrust security technology with a preconfigured firewall from ZoneLabs. It represents a significant turn in CAs traditional enterprise-focused market strategy, carrying it into the end-user market now dominated by Symantec.