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Monday, August 13, 2001

The anti-virus brigade

WITH 81 million users, you really don't have to push your product hard-especially if it's something that protects your vital machines from the big bad world of viruses-and Anil Zuitshi doesn't do so.

The channel account manager, Network Associates Inc, SAARC, lets his numbers do the talking, an estimated five lakh nodes in India. "With the spread in the usage of the Internet now, viruses today spread faster and the effect is much more devastating. According to a report, globally the loss was at 12 billion US dollars.

Isn't the software security industry often accused of crying wolf too many times?

"I don't agree with that, the actual picture is gloomier. We have the best team of 250 people who create software to defend against the viruses, and their response time is two hours. When SirCam came out, they created an antidote which scanned, detected and stopped the outbreak." He was talking about the Anti-Virus Emergency Response Team (AVERT). Active on six continents, their mission is to identify new viruses and deploy new cures.


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