Security firms team for new product

Thursday, 6 May 2004, 4:38 AM EST

The system, which will be known as Secure-1 and sold as part of Network Associates' McAfee product line, combines one of Check Point's high-speed security appliances with McAfee's existing VirusScan ASaP virus protection service. The companies claim the package will help smaller companies streamline antivirus security systems by providing automated and managed Internet gateway and desktop protection.

The IT security vendors assert that small businesses' need for Internet security has never been greater, based on the rapid proliferation of viruses such as the Sasser worm, which started spreading Friday and has infected an estimated 500,000 to a million systems. In fact, Network Associates estimated that 80 percent of those infected by Sasser were home users and students, people whose computer defense systems tend to more closely resemble small companies' security safeguards, compared with those operated by midsize or large businesses.

By Matt Hines at CNET.

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