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Dr. Solomon boosts antivirus line

Network Associates announces a new version of its antivirus software, which for the first time integrates Dr. Solomon's technology.

Network Associates today announced a new version of its antivirus software, which for the first time integrates Dr. Solomon's technology which was acquired when Network Associates bought the company in June for $650 million in stock.

By adding Dr. Solomon's 14-percent marketshare, Network Associates now claims 50 percent of the antivirus market, according to last month's Dataquest report for 1997.

The new release, Total Virus Defense 4.0, uses Dr. Solomon's management console and comes in several modules for a multitier system that blocks computer viruses at several entry points onto a corporate network.

"We are offering more than just point products but a full solution," said Sal Viveros, Network Associates director of marketing, noting that the integration of Dr. Solomon's and Network Associates' code had taken four fewer months than expected. "The next level is managing point products."

For that, Network Associates today announced Anti-Virus Informant, a customizable enterprise reporting and analysis tool for Windows NT that lets network managers analyze past virus attacks, then monitor and fight virus outbreaks.

Together, Total Virus Defense and Anti-Virus Informant address virus threats at multiple points of entry and provide manageability from a single location. Total Virus Defense also is interoperable with IBM's Tivoli management software and Microsoft's SMS. AutoUpdate and Enterprise SecureCast features let Network Associates distribute updates and alerts to users worldwide.

The enterprise edition of VirusScan 4.0, the antivirus desktop product, began shipping yesterday. NetShield, to guard servers on a corporate network, and GroupShield, which protects collaborative applications like Lotus Notes and Microsoft Exchange, are due to ship by the end of the year.

WebShield, an Internet gateway module to block viruses or hostile applets before they enter a network, is due to ship by March. Existing Network Associates and Dr. Solomon customers on subscriptions get free upgrades.

Total Virus Defense 4.0 detects and cleans more than 22,000 computer viruses, Active X, and Java hostile applets, email attachments, and other security threats, like Back Orifice, in a single package. AutoUpdate lets network managers automatically extract suspected viruses from files and send them to Network Associates' antivirus lab for analysis and cleansing.

ICSA, a research and certification group for network security products, has estimated that a single virus affecting 25 machines costs a company more than $8,000. Recent ICSA research found that 37 percent of companies surveyed had been hit by an attack of that magnitude.

Computer viruses are exploding--nearly 400 new viruses are detected every month, Network Associates said, but not all exist outside laboratories.

Viveros said Network Associates will continue to support Dr. Solomon's antivirus customers until April 2000 because several large enterprises have said they won't install later versions until 2000 to concentrate on Y2K problems.

Total Virus Defense 4.0 supports all major platforms and will be available in December at a price of $18 per node for a 5,000-user site for a one-year subscription.

The antivirus suite also is available standalone or as part of Net Tools Secure, the company's security suite incorporating antivirus, firewall, encryption, authentication, intrusion detection, vulnerability assessment, and security management technologies. Net Tools Secure is priced at $49 per user for 5,000 users.