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News - October 31, 2004

by Donna Buenaventura / October 30, 2004 5:55 PM PDT

Spyware Infiltration Rises in Corporate Networks, But Webroot Survey Finds Companies Still Neglect Threat

Results Show Less Than 10 Percent of Responding Corporations Believe They Have Deployed an Enterprise-Class Anti-Spyware Solution

Corporations are experiencing a steady infiltration of spyware into enterprise networks, but only a small number have deployed an enterprise-class solution to combat the threat, according to a new survey conducted by Equation Research for Webroot Software, the leading provider of privacy, protection and performance software.

The survey, which canvassed more than 275 IT managers and executives nationwide, found that even as IT organizations spend more time fighting spyware, very few corporations are deploying corporate solutions against the
growing threat. According to the survey, more than 70 percent of corporations have expressed an increased concern with spyware, but less than 10 percent of businesses have implemented commercially available anti-spyware software.

The survey also showed that more than 96 percent felt protected from outside threats using traditional anti-virus and firewall solutions, yet nearly 82 percent report their desktops are currently infected with spyware, with more than a third noticing an increase in spyware infections in the last six months.


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Anti-Spyware Software Development Kit Released
by Donna Buenaventura / October 30, 2004 5:56 PM PDT

InterMute First to Enable ISVs to Accelerate Time to Market When Creating Enterprise Anti-Spyware Solutions

InterMute, Inc., a leading provider of Internet security and content filtering solutions, today announced the SpySubtract Software Development Kit (SDK), to allow independent software vendors (ISVs) to efficiently develop Enterprise Anti-Spyware solutions for their enterprise security customers.

InterMute is licensing their modular anti-spyware SDK, built with industry-standard Microsoft Visual Studio C++, to provide developers with a fast way to enhance existing security software products, to protect against spyware threats. Modularity and portability have been designed into the SpySubtract code base from day one. Plus, InterMute's technology is field proven; no other anti-spyware solution ships pre-loaded on more new PCs than InterMute's SpySubtract PRO.


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Executive E-Mail: The Facts on Windows and Linux
by Donna Buenaventura / October 30, 2004 5:57 PM PDT

In an e-mail sent today to customers worldwide, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discusses a number of recent independent analyst reports and customer case studies that indicate the value of an integrated platform, such as Windows, is significant compared to Linux, open source and UNIX.

Oct. 27, 2004 - Customer Focus: Comparing Windows with Linux and UNIX in http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/execmail/2004/10-27platformvalue.asp

Get the Facts on Windows and Linux in http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/facts/default.mspx

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Q&A: Microsoft Recognized as Privacy Innovator
by Donna Buenaventura / October 30, 2004 5:58 PM PDT
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Messaging Hygiene at Microsoft
by Donna Buenaventura / October 30, 2004 6:05 PM PDT


Detailed discussion on how Microsoft IT manages the large quantities of unwanted e-mail (a.k.a. spam) and malware-infected messages in its inbound Internet e-mail traffic. The paper documents how Microsoft IT uses Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 technologies, Microsoft Office Outlook 2003, and third-party solutions to both reduce the quantity of spam routed through the corporate messaging infrastructure by filtering at the gateway layer and then remove the threats in remaining messages posed by viruses, worms, and their common distribution vectors, such as file attachments


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