Review - antivirus products

Thursday, 4 December 2003, 11:25 AM EST

Jim Ryan of Network Computing set out to see which antivirus products could best fend off the new generation of network worm and virus attacks. Our two key questions: Have AV vendors been able to put together products and strategies that can defend against worms and blended threats as well as traditional viruses? And is there any way to defend networks during the window of vulnerability that exists for all AV products because of their reliance on purely reactive signature-scanning technology?

Computer Associates, F-Secure, Network Associates, Sophos, Symantec and Trend Micro all responded to our invitation. Panda Software and Global Hauri both expressed an interest in participating, but were unable to get their products to us in time.

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