Don't rely on Microsoft AV, warns analyst

Wednesday, 17 September 2003, 12:35 PM EST

Businesses should not rely on Microsoft's future operating system to secure desktops against viruses, analyst Gartner Group has warned, despite its plans to embed the recently acquired GeCAD antivirus engine into Windows.

Gartner predicted that by 2008 it is likely that 80 per cent of companies will be using Longhorn - the desktop release of Windows due in 2005 - for lock down and antivirus management, rather than third-party software.

However, Arabella Hallawell, research director at Gartner, warned attendees at the analyst's IT Security Summit against relying solely on Microsoft for antivirus protection at the desktop.

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